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National Safety Stand-Down

Grainger Editorial Staff

OSHA’s 2019 National Safety Stand-Down is May 6 ­– 10. Each year, OSHA encourages employers and employees to set aside some time to put work on hold and focus on the dangers of falls from elevation.

Fall protection is one of OSHA’s top enforcement priorities, and it’s easy to see why. In the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, fatal falls were at their highest level in the 26-year history of the survey. And, according to the National Safety Council, falls are 100 percent preventable.

To take part in the National Safety Stand-Down, OSHA suggests that companies “stand down” from work for about an hour to hold a toolbox talk or other activity, like an equipment inspection, training session or safety procedure discussion. For inspiration, check out the resources below.

Anyone can participate in the stand-down, and past participants have included construction companies and contractors, unions and more. Get more details and resources from OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down page. And see the resources below for more ideas on safety talks and trainings for your participations in National Safety Stand-Down.

More Resources for Fall Protection Education

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.


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