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OSHA’s Construction Safety Stand-Down Being Held in September

Aug 6, 2020

iStock-155158225 600x399OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held September 14–18, 2020.

Falls are a source of injury for all workers in the construction industry, regardless of their trade. While some workers are more at risk than other, leaders should take time to conduct a Safety Stand-Down with their workers.  

Preparing for a Safety Stand-Down

Prior to the week of September 14–18, 2020, meet with your safety leaders and plan a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity, such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing safety plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime.

  1. Start early. Designate a coordinator to organize the stand-down. If you have multiple work sites, identify the team that will lead the stand-down at each site.

  2. Invite other contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers, or others to participate in the stand-down.

  3. Review your current fall prevention program. This will help provide a more effective stand-down.

    • List the types of falls that could happen. For example:

      • Falls from ladders

      • Falls from a scaffold

      • Falls down stairs

      • Falls from trip hazards

    • Identify what needs improvement
      • Is your program meeting its goals?

      • Are you experiencing fatalities, injuries, or near misses?

      • Are employees aware of the company’s fall protection procedures?

      • What training have you provided employees? Does it need revision?

      • What equipment have you provided employees? Is better equipment available?

  4. Develop presentations or activities that will meet your needs. Present information that is relevant to your employees and work environment. Provide information about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. Hands-on exercises (a worksite walkaround, equipment checks, etc.) can increase learning retention.

  5. Decide when to hold the stand-down and how long it will last. Decide when the stand-down will take place, for example, over a break, a lunch period, or some other time.

  6. Promote the stand-down. Make it interesting to employees. Some employers find that serving snacks increases participation.

  7. Hold your stand-down. Make it positive and interactive. Let employees talk about their experiences and encourage them to make suggestions.

  8. Post a certificate of participation. Visit OSHA’s Safety Stand-Down website before September 14 to provide feedback about your Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down. Display in a place where employees will see it regularly, such as a break room.

  9. Follow up. If you learned something that could improve your fall prevention program, consider making changes.

  10. Share your Stand-Down story. Use hashtag #StandDown4Safety when posting on social media.

Tools for Conduction a Safety Stand-Down