What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk to employees about fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for more than a third of construction fatalities in 2012. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards that year.
How to Conduct a Stand-Down
Construction companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk on a safety topic such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment or scaffold safety. The meeting should provide information to workers about hazards, protective methods and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. OSHA's goal is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers participate.
Materials to help contractors, workers, and safety professionals prevent falls are available in English, Spanish and other languages.
- Learn more at the OSHA Stand-Down page.
- Review tips for getting started at your workplace.
- Browse training and other resources here.
- View fall protection signs and labels here.