National Safety Stand Down

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls

NAHB Supports OSHA's Annual National Safety Stand-Down

OSHA is partnering with employers and trade associations on its National Safety Stand Down for fall prevention in construction, which will take place May 6-10, 2019. The safety stand-down is designed to raise awareness about the hazards of falls, which are responsible for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry, contributing to 366 worker deaths in 2017 alone. Fall protection is also the most frequently cited OSHA violation each year. 

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A safety stand-down is a voluntary event that gives employers an opportunity to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall protection.

Workers gather at a build site in Maryland for the 2018 stand downWho Should Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the stand down. In past years, participants included both small and large construction companies, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, trade associations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

Three Steps to Hold Your Own Stand Down:

  1. Plan ahead. Always schedule the stand down ahead of time to maximize worker turnout. Jobsites follow strict schedules with tight deadlines, so it is important to schedule at a time convenient for all workers. TIP: Provide lunch as an incentive for participation.
  2. Cover the basics. Choose a topic to use as the focus of the stand down. Tailor the topic to the current jobsite priorities, such as scaffolding, ladder or roofing safety. TIP: Use the free NAHB Fall Protection Video Toolbox Talk (English and Spanish) for ideas and distribute the written handout materials.
  3. Hold your stand down. Present the information to the workers, keeping it short and simple. Use visual aids or conduct hands-on demonstrations, such as how to put on a harness or inspect a ladder/scaffold. TIP: Document attendance at the stand down with the Safety Stand-Down Sign-In Sheet.

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Share Your Story

Post pictures and recaps on social media after the stand down using the hashtags #Safety365 and #StandDown4Safety to show your support for NAHB and OSHA safety initiatives.