National Safety Stand Down

What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer's trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQ's

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. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful "Stand-Down" and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area.

If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, you may submit the event details here or contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.

In advance of the 9th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction (May 2-6, 2022), we wanted to alert you to the following new tools and resources to assist workplaces in preparing for and participating in the Stand-Down:

  • Webinars of Interest:
  • Fall Protection Expert Q&A Panel (Part 3) on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm EDT (1 hr 30 min) This event takes place during the 9th annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction and continues an ongoing series of Fall Protection Expert Q&A Panels with members of the ASSP/ANSI Z359 Committee. It focuses on how to utilize the Z359 fall protection standards, including the recently updated SRL requirements, and will directly answer questions about fall safety on construction job sites. Recordings are available from previous panels in March 2020 and April 2021.  We encourage you to submit a question upon registration.  

  • OSHA Public Service Announcement:
    • OSHA’s PSA Announcement is an excellent preparation tool to lead you into Fall Stand Down Week.
    • National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Audio Messages
  • Handouts for Workers:
  • Get Involved:
    • Do you have fall prevention resources in other languages? We would love to include them in our Fall Prevention Resources: Other Languages Page. Please send resources to Jessica Bunting:
  • Attachments- Resources for Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Event:
    • (English/Spanish) Talking Points for Promoting 2022 Fall Stand Down Event
    • (English/Spanish) Preventing Falls Post Cards

Need post cards? Please contact Jessica Bunting:

On May 3, SWR Institute Safety Committee Volunteers, Mike Wiley (Tatley-Grund, Inc) and Jim Dougherty (Spider) gave a presentation on Swing Stage Rescue & Planning. Click here to view the recording of this presentation. 

  • Click here to view the document, Working at Heights Rescue Procedure
  • Click here to view the editable document, Working at Heights Rescue Plan
Register for Stand-Down
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to SWR Institute that we capture every company’s Stand-Down participation efforts. We ask that every participating company REGISTER for this event one-week prior to the Stand-Down. We will be sure to reach out to you at the conclusion of the Stand-Down to get your final number of workers reached. 

►After the Stand-Down
Please be sure to download the sign-up sheet and email to Nicole Dayoub after the completion of your Stand-Down. DON'T FORGET to take photos of your event and sent to Nicole as well.