Preparing for a Safety Stand-Down
In our previous article, OSHA National Safety Stand-Down, we discussed OSHA’s 2016 National Safety Stand-Down campaign, the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down. This campaign is in motion to help raise awareness about preventing fall hazards on job sites. OSHA is encouraging construction managers and employers to plan a Stand-Down that works best for their company anytime during the week of May 2-6, 2016. OSHA is encouraging construction managers and employers to plan a Stand-Down for their company anytime during the week of May 2-6, 2016.
As OSHA defense lawyers, we recommend that employers begin their Safety Stand-Down as early as possible. Designate a coordinator to help organize the Stand-Down, and if you have more than one work site, identify the individual(s) that will lead the Stand-Down at each site.
Get Everyone Involved
Ask your subcontractors, architects, engineers, owners, and others associated with your projects to participate in the Stand-Down.
Review Your Fall Prevention Program
As OSHA defense attorneys, we encourage all employers to review their current fall prevention programs in preparation. This will help to have a more productive Stand-Down. There are a few things to keep in mind when reviewing a current fall prevention program.
1. What types of falls could happen on the job site:
- Falls from a roof
- Falls through a fragile roof surface
- Falls through a roof opening
- Falls from a ladder
- Falls down stairs
- Fall from a scaffold
- Falls through a floor opening
- Falls from a structural steel
2. Does anything need improvement? Is the current fall prevention program meeting its goals?
3. Is your company experiencing any fatalities or injuries? Are all employees aware of the company’s current fall protection procedures?
4. Have you provided the proper training to your employees? Do you need to make any revisions?
5. What safety equipment have you provided to your employees? Does it need to be updated?
It’s important for employers to prepare presentations or activities for the Safety Stand-Down that will meet their needs. Determine what information will be best for your workplace and employees. Remember, this meeting should provide information to employees about safety concerns and hazards, preventative methods, and the company’s safety guidelines. We suggest employing hands-on exercises, such as a worksite walk-around or equipment checks.
Decide When and How Long to Hold the Stand-Down
Employers should decide when to hold their company’s Stand-Down and how long they want it to last. Will it take place over a lunch break or after hours? Make sure to promote the Stand-Down to employees before hand, and increase participation with snacks.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.