The week of May 6-10, 2019 marks the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The event is hosted by OSHA in partnership with many key groups, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to focus on safety issues, especially concerning falls from elevation. Members are encouraged to take a break next week to plan a safety activity. These can include hosting a toolbox talk, conducting safety equipment inspections, or talking about job specific hazards. OSHA has published a list of suggestions for a successful event.
Companies who participate can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback and receive a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.
Contractors are encouraged to post about their activities with the #StandDown4Safety.
SMACNA’s Model Written Programs
SMACNA offers model written programs on Fall Protection as well as many other safety topics. These are available free to members who may edit and use as their own. To download any of these programs, visit SMACNA’s Model Policies page in the Safety and Health section.