The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down will be May 7-11 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training are leading the effort to encourage employers to pause during their workdays for topic discussions, demonstrations and training regarding how to recognize hazards and prevent falls.
More than 1 million workers participated each year in previous National Safety Stand-Downs. To guide the efforts of employers for the stand-down, OSHA offers the National Safety Stand-Down website with information about conducting a successful stand-down. After their events, employers are encouraged to provide feedback and will receive a personalized certificate of participation.
The National Safety Stand-Down in 2018 is part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign. Begun in 2012, the campaign was developed in partnership with the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda program. It provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials regarding how to take steps to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment.
To learn how to partner with OSHA in this stand-down, visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown. The page provides details about how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. To learn more about preventing falls in construction, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls.