In 2018, 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities were caused by falls from elevation. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to remind everyone that those deaths were preventable.
That’s why they provide resources and certification for employers to participate in the annual National Safety Stand-Down event, which aims to raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. According to OSHA, a Safety Stand-Down is a “voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and fall prevention safety.”
If you choose to hold a Safety Stand-Down event for your employees from September 17 until October 31st 2020, you can download a certificate of participation! Since all of this year’s OSHA-hosted events are virtual, any company, large or small, can participate! Check out all of the past and upcoming webinars on this page!
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down
According to OSHA, companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a “toolbox talk” or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. If your company has never hosted a Safety Stand-Down before, check out these tips for what makes them successful.
Or let us do all the work by checking out our company-wide OSHA Safety Training Courses. The 14 hour online HD video Safety Suite includes 24 pre-written toolbox talks that cover up-to-date safety information on fall protection and a variety of other safety topics. When you lead your team through the National Safety Stand-Down event, be sure to share pictures with us on social media by tagging us and using #StandDown4Safety!