The fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for May 7-11, 2018. This stand-down is an open invitation to all employers to take a few minutes out of the day and talk to their employees about fall safety. According to NIOSH, falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers and make up for 1/3 of the fatalities in that industry. This nationally recognized event puts an importance on educating and preventing injuries in all fields where falls may occur.
A stand-down is simply voluntary event in which employers take time out of the day to specifically address safety with employees. Stand-downs can take the form of a tool-box talk, an informal meeting, or even a talk during a break or lunch hour. OSHA has once again provided online resources and suggestions for anyone who wants to participate in this scheduled stand-down. They suggest ideas like starting early, reviewing fall prevention programs, promoting the stand-down, and following up after. OSHA also provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions, a poster, lesson plans, and a webinar in order to help you reach your employees.
If you’d like to see where planned events are being held, OSHA has a list by state of events you can participate in. Once your stand-down is complete, you can print off a certificate to give to the participants. Take this opportunity to join with millions of other employers and employees in discussing workplace and fall safety.