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. OSHA is encouraging organizations to host virtual Stand-Downs events or events for small groups that follow CDC guidelines on social/physical distancing and the use of face coverings. 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. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful "Stand-Down" and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs

SWR Institute wants to help our members participate in this year's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which takes place May 3-7, 2021. This is why May's Virtual Spring Series will focus on Surviving a Fall. The morning of May 4th, Headquarters will send membership, Mike Wiley's video on Surviving the Fall: Drop Test Harness Demo for Fall Protection. We encourage our members to watch this video with their employees and use the following Stand-Down resources listed below to host your own Stand-Down event at your workplace. See details below.
 
May Virtual Spring Series
May 4, 2021
Surviving the Fall: Drop Test Harness Demo for Fall Protection
Mike Wiley, Tatley-Grund, Inc.
This video will demonstrate the importance of limiting a fall when using vertical lifelines
Click here to view Mike Wiley's video

We wanted to alert you to the following new tools and resources to assist workplaces in participating in the Stand-Down:

  • Drop-in banner: The attached banner is about the Fall Stand-Down can be adapted for use in raising awareness about the Fall Stand-Down in newsletters, e-mail blasts, and even social media.
  • Stand-Down Events: Stand-Down events and trainings that are free and open to the public are now being added to the Events section of the Stand-Down webpage. Find an event near you, or, if you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, submit the event details or contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.
 Resources: 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.