Preparing for the Stand-Down

Preparing for the Stand-Down

OSHA-posterThe following information was taken from OSHA's website  with information for the Stand-Down that starts on May 7th.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is an event for employers to talk to employees about safety. On this blog, we usually refer to it as a safety training. A Stand-Down covers focuses "Fall Hazards" and the importance of "Fall Prevention". If your employees don't face fall hazards, you can use this opportunity to talk about job hazards and the company's safety policies and goals.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. According to Stand-Down's website, past participants have 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

Companies can hold a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk.  Inspections, developing rescue plans or discussing job specific hazards all count as a stand-down as well. Visit Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful "Stand-Down" and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs from the Stand-Down website. OSHA also has an Events page for training events that are free and open to the public to help you find stand-down events in your area.

Certificate of Participation

You can provide feedback about the Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.

Share Your Story

If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on improving future initiatives, you can email to You can also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety. You can submit any free, public events you are hosting to OSHA's Events page.

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