Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 378 of the 986 construction fatalities recorded in 2021 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer's trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQs
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. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful "Stand-Down" and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area.
If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, you may contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.
Certificate of Participation
Employers were able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation (English and Spanish) following the Stand-Down.
Share Your Story With Us
If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on how we can improve future initiatives like this, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.
- National Emphasis Program - Falls (PDF) - OSHA Instruction - CPL 03-00-025 (May 1, 2023)
- 10 year anniversary, National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction (Video)
- Webinar: Protección Contra Caídas y los Planes de Rescate. Seminario web en español para utilizar seguramente los sistemas personales de protección contra caídas y preparar un plan de respuesta a emergencias (26 de abril de 2023).
- Spanish webinar to safely utilize personal fall protection systems and preparing an emergency response plan (April 26, 2023).
- Webinar: Preventing Falls through Improved Design (March 29, 2023). Prevention through Design (PtD) and how it can be used to improve not only building design, but also work and equipment design.
Social Media Graphics
Highlights from the Stand-Downs
Assistant Secretary Doug Parker at 2022 Stand-Down Kick-off event
OAO - McCarthy Falls Stand-Down 15
Workers at a 2022 Stand-Down event
2022 Stand-Down billboard in Gullport, MS
2022 Stand-Down billboard in Dallas, TX
Preventing Falls in Construction
OSHA's webpage discussing prevention of falls in construction.