OSHA Stand Down 2016 logo

OSHA Stand Down 2016 logo

This week is the US Department of Labor’s National Safety Stand-Down. Here are a few “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Stand-Down.

What is the National Safety Stand-Down?

The National Safety Stand-Down is an event to raise awareness for preventing fall hazards in construction. While the Stand-Down was designed with the construction industry in mind, anyone can participate.

When is it

The Stand-Down is this week, May 2-6.

What You Can Gain from it

The Stand-Down is a time for employers to talk with employees about safety, especially focusing on fall hazards and fall prevention. Choose a day and time that works for your team and provide them a “toolbox talk” where you can give them some training on preventing falls and preventing ladder accidents.

How to Get Involved

All you have to do to become part of the National Safety Stand-Down is plan a fall prevention training at your workplace. Here are a couple of tips for making the Stand-Down successful:


-Think about who to involve

-Evaluate your current fall prevention program

-Create an engaging training

-Decide when and where to have your stand-down and how long it will be

-Promote, promote, promote

-Have the Stand-down

-Follow up to see how you can improve for next year

Make sure to get involved in the National Stand-Down this year! If you have any questions about it, visit their website or comment below.