Construction, Training

Countdown to Stand-Down: Take Action for a Successful Stand-Down

It’s time to take action as you plan a stand-down to boost awareness and prevent injuries and fatalities. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. Air Force, the National Safety Council, and other partners are joining OSHA in an effort to reach five million workers through the 2016 Safety Stand-Down May 2-6. While the focus is primarily on falls in construction, employers in any industry are encouraged to participate.

Although some organizations plan elaborate events, a Safety Stand-Down can be fairly simple. Examples of potential activities include taking a break for a toolbox talk, getting employees involved in safety equipment inspections, developing fall rescue plans, or talking about job-specific hazards over a brown bag lunch.

Keep reading for a few suggestions to ensure your stand-down is a success.