The National Safety Stand-Down is going on this week. The Stand-Down is designed to raise awareness of fall hazards and to stop fall fatalities.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

This voluntary event is designed for employers to take time to talk to employees about safety. Any company can join the Stand-Down by focusing training on fall hazards and fall prevention. The Stand-Down training can include talking about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. The conversation can also be opened to allow employees to tell management about fall hazards.

Who Can Participate?

The short answer is anyone who wants to. In the past, participants have included employees from the following industries: construction companies, contractors, general industry employers, the US Military and safety equipment manufacturers.

Partnering Organizations

OSHA has partnered with a number of organizations to help make the Stand-Down a success. Some of these organizations include: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

After the Stand-Down

Once you are done with your Stand-Down, you can send an email to oshastanddown@dol.gov with that your organization did.