In advance of the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down that will take place May 8-12, 2017, I wanted to provide you an update on OSHA’s available outreach and compliance assistance materials. The goal of the Stand-Down is to raise fall hazard awareness and prevent fall fatalities and injuries. Falls are a leading cause of death for workers, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities and 648 of the 4,836 fatalities in all industries recorded in 2015 (BLS data). The Stand-Down is an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. This should also be an opportunity for workers to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
Over the last few years, thousands of companies, including members of our Alliance partners, participated in the Stand-Down reaching millions of workers across all 50 states. Over 130 public events were held across the country last year. By continuing to reach millions of workers, OSHA hopes to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries related to falls recorded each year.
- How to help: Your organization can help in many different ways, including: hosting or organizing public Stand-Down events, encouraging organization members to participate, sending Stand-Down information by email or in newsletters, providing Stand-Down resources to members or stakeholders, contacting local media to share Stand-Down events or success stories. If you have other ideas for ways to help, let us know at email@example.com
- Associations, Unions, Worker Interest Organizations: Associations/Unions/Organizations can help OSHA get the word out to all of their members via email or in newsletters, by posting information on their websites, and by talking about the Stand-Down at meetings, trainings, or events. Groups may also be able to personalize Stand-Down posters and training resources for members to use.
- Institutes/Training Centers: Many groups that provide training have offered special free or discounted training – both in person and online – during the Stand-Down week or month in the past. This is a great way to help! If Institutes offer free training that is open to the public, OSHA can post this on the Stand-Down webpage, so let us know.
- Employers as Partners: Some ways that large employers have helped include by getting their entire workforce involved across the country and internationally. Employers can push out information, ideas and suggestions for how to hold a stand-down to all of their offices. Some large employers have also hosted or co-hosted Stand-Down events, including events that are open to the public.
- Events: OSHA will post events that are free and open to the public on the webpage to help employers and workers find events in their area. If a company or organization wants to post a free event that is open to the public (including any members of the press) on the webpage, or would like to invite OSHA to participate in a free public event, each OSHA region has a Stand-Down Coordinator they can contact to get additional information (See Map and Chart Below). This information and FAQs are available on the campaign webpage as well.
- CERTIFY your Stand-Down! As in previous years, employers will be able to download Certificates of Participation and provide feedback on their experiences following their Stand-Down. Certificates are the main way OSHA receives feedback on how many employers participate and ideas for improvement, so that OSHA can evaluate the Stand-Down’s success and make changes in the future. Certificates will be available on OSHA’s webpage beginning May 8, 2017.
- Connect online: Partners and employers can follow OSHA on @OSHA_DOL and tweet a message about fall prevention with #StandDown4Safety and #construction. Employers can also connect with workers on their phones, and text or email them messages about fall protection safety. Let us know how your Stand-Down went by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reaching out to your Stand-Down Coordinator (see Map and Chart below).
- Materials Suppliers: Materials suppliers can help get the word out and remind employers to consider fall hazards. One idea might be to include fliers about the Stand-Down or about fall safety with construction materials orders.