The United States Department of Labor has designated June 2nd -6th as National Stand Down Day across the country this year in order to raise awareness of fall protection hazards. Falls still top the list of the leading cause of deaths in the construction industry “accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012.”
What is a “Stand Down”?
DOL is calling for all employers to stop work for a designated period of time during those five days (maybe even each of those five days) in order to educate employees on the hazards involved with working at heights.
“The goal is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers to hold a Stand-Down and if we meet this goal, we will have touched almost 1 out of 10 construction workers in the country.”
How do I put together a Stand-Down?
Not to worry, DOL has got you covered. Simply head over to https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/index.html to find what you need. They’ve got a “Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful Stand-Down” page as well as documents (click on link below to download the DOL Fall Prevention Training Guide), then head over to the resources page for fact sheets, wallet cards, posters and much, much more.
Then, head to the certificate of participation page (inactive at the time of the publishing of this post but they promise it will be active by the time the campaign starts on June 2nd).
Finally, tell the DOL how your stand down went, give them suggestions, ideas and input on how to make the stand down even better next year by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.