The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with support from the National Safety Council and dozens of other groups, asks employers to take a few minutes to discuss fall protection and safety when working from heights during the annual Fall Safety Stand Down May 8-12, 2017.
A Fall Safety Stand-Down can be as simple or involved as you'd like. It can look like this one, held in 2015 at the U.S. Capitol dome restoration project, or it can incorporate fall safety events throughout the week. Managers are encouraged to plan a Stand-Down that works best for their workplace. Suggestions include:
- Conducting a toolbox talk focused on ladder, scaffold or roof safety
- Conducting a safety inspection along with employees
- Developing a rescue plan
- Holding a training session
- Showing a safety video