National Construction Safety Stand-Down Scheduled for May 8-12

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OSHA's fourth annual “National Safety Stand-Down” will take place May 8-12. It’s a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to their employees about safety, including hazards, protective methods and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for workers to talk to management about hazards they see.

The stand-down is focused on preventing falls in construction, but can be used to address any safety issue. While it’s intended for the construction industry, fabricators looking for ways to emphasize their safety programs can also use the event to present a current safety issue or recognize the safe actions of their employees.

Companies can conduct activities such as a toolbox talk, safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans or discussing job specific hazards--whatever works best for their workplace. Suggestions for preparing a successful stand-down, as well as highlights from past stand-downs, can be found at OSHA’s Events page also shows events that are free and open to the public to help employers and workers find events in their areas. OSHA is also providing certificates of participation to employers that provide feedback about their stand-down.

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 Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers. The Steel Erectors Association of America and IMPACT also promote this event.

More information about this year's stand-down can be found here. For more information and resources on safety for the fabricated structural steel industry, visit AISC’s safety page at