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Safety Stand-Down Takes Place This Week

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 7th-Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is this week, Sept. 14-18.

The event, which usually takes place earlier in the year, was initially postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Stand-Down encourages companies and workers to pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention,” OSHA said. “As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, OSHA is encouraging employers to promote fall safety virtually or while employing social distancing practices among small groups.”

Despite COVID-19, OSHA still anticipates thousands of employers nationwide to participate. To guide efforts, OSHA has created a National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down webpage with information on conducting a successful event, how to post local events and additional educational resources that are in English and Spanish.

Other resources (in English, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese) on the page 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.

“Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data),” the agency notes on the webpage. “Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.”

The page also includes a full list of events and activities.

The fall-prevention stand-down is a national campaign that was developed in partnership between OSHA, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda and the Center for Construction Research and Training.

Also supporting the event this year are OSHA-approved State Plans, state consultation programs, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Safety Council, National Construction Safety Executives, U.S. Air Force, and OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, among others.

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.

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


Tagged categories: Education; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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