National Safety Stand-Down Frequently Asked Question's
1.What is a Safety Stand-Down?A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety, this year we are focusing on "Fall Hazards" and to reinforce the importance of "Fall Prevention."
2.How does an Employer conduct a Safety Stand-Down?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.
3.Who can participate in a Safety-Stand Down?Participants may include employer's trade associations, federal, state and local governmental agencies, professional societies, institutes, and consumer/labor-management interest organizations, sub-and independent contractors.
4.How do you get a Certificate of Participation?Employers will be able to provide feedback and download Certificates of Participation on their experience June 2 to July 15, 2014, following their stand-down. Page will be active on June 2nd.
5.I'm not a construction company; can I still participate in the Safety Stand-Down? Yes, anyone with employees who are exposed to fall hazards can participate.
6.According to the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, falls (to lower level) are a leading cause of fatalities in both construction and other industries with 279 and 570 fatalities respectively.
7.I'm a small company with just a few employees; can I still participate in the Stand-Down?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.
8.Where can I find information to help me with my stand-down?For suggestions on preparing a successful Stand-Down, resources and training materials.
9.How can I get an OSHA representative to participate in my stand-down?Contact your Regional or Local Area OSHA Office and to talk to someone about your Stand-Down event.
10.I would like to participate in an event, is there a list where I can find where an event will be held?A list of events in your area can be found by visiting OSHA's Stand-Down website.
11.Is there a cost to participate in the Stand-Down and do I need to pre-register for the Stand-Down?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 June 2-6 and go online to tell us about your stand-down and download a certificate of participation after June 2nd at: Stop Fall Stand Down after your stand-down event.
12.How long does a typical fall prevention Stand-Down take to conduct? 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.
- Can I still get a certificate if I hold a safety event before or after the week of June 2nd?Yes. Certificates will be available until July 15, 2014, to allow companies to participate in the Stand-Down. Visit Stop Falls Stand Down after June 2nd to download your certificate.
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. If you think your job is unsafe or you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). It's confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page, www.OSHA.gov.