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OSHA Sets Safety Stand-Down Dates

Monday, August 10, 2020

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that the 7th Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has been rescheduled for Sept. 14-18.

While the event was postponed earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA says that it encourages employers to promote fall safety virtually or while employing social distancing practices among small groups.

Participating employers should provide safety demonstrations on fall protection equipment, conduct talks regarding fall-related hazards, safety policies, goals and expectations and promote the event by using the #StandDown4Safety hashtag on social media.

“This national initiative brings much needed attention to falls, which continue to be the leading cause of fatalities in construction,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Loren Sweatt.

“Since OSHA began doing fall prevention stand-down events six years ago, nearly 10 million workers have been reached by our message that falls are preventable. These efforts have been successful in raising awareness of the recognition, evaluation and control of fall hazards.”

Resources (in English, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese) on OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage include:

  • A brief video entitled “5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls,” which encourages employers to educate and train workers on fall protection equipment;
  • A series of fall prevention publications, with an emphasis on construction, and fall prevention videos;
  • OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide, which provides a lesson plan for employers, including several Toolbox Talks; and
  • Guidance on ladder and scaffolding safety.

OSHA also notes that employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and obtain a personalized certificate of participation.


Tagged categories: Department of Labor; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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