Frequently Asked Questions
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. The Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down focuses on Fall Hazards and reinforcing the importance of Fall Prevention.
The OSHA Safety Stand-Down will be one week, from May 2-6, 2016, to coincide with the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week.
Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. A Safety Stand-Down should provide an opportunity for employers and workers to talk about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations.
We encourage everyone to participate. In past years, participants included general contractors, sub-and independent contractors, employer's trade associations, federal, state and local governmental agencies, professional societies, institutes, and consumer/labor-management interest organizations. Around 4000 certificates of participation were completed through the OSHA website during the 2015 Fall Stand-Down. Nearly 45% of these registered participants were stand-downs with less than 25 employees. More than 2.5 million workers participated in the Stand-Down.
Participation is not limited to the construction industry. Last year, nearly 15% of Stand-Down participants who provided information by getting a certificate from OSHA were non-construction employers. In fact, the largest single participant was the United States Air Force, reaching approximately 1.5 million service personnel and civilians.
Yes. Several domestic and international companies working outside of the United States participated in past Stand-Downs and we are hoping to have more international participation this year.
Yes. Any number of people can hold a Stand-Down. Companies and businesses of all sizes should take time out during the workday to discuss fall prevention with their workers, and participate in the Stand-Down. You can also find a larger Stand-Down Event in your area.
Contact your Regional Stand-Down coordinator to talk to someone about your Stand-Down event.
No. The Stand-Down is free and you do not have to "register" to participate. Simply hold a Stand-Down with your employees during the week of May 2-6 and go online to tell us about your Stand-Down and download a certificate of participation at Stop Falls Stand-Down or National Safety Council's (NSC) webpage after your Stand-Down event.
It's up to you. A Stand-Down could be as simple as a 15 minute toolbox talk or several hours of training over a week.