Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 7-11
Since 2012, OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) - Construction Sector on the Fall Prevention Campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented. This year’s National Safety Stand-Down is May 7-11, 2018.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to finalize your plans for your company’s stand-down activities. There are many resources online regarding this initiative, many of which are highlighted on the NFC website. The following is a suggested 5-day outline, based on a resource from stopconstructiofalls.com and tailored to framers:
- Day 1: Introduce the Importance of Focusing on Falls – Use statistics and true stories to develop an understanding with your employees about why fall prevention is so important. The mission of NFC’s FrameSAFE program is to ensure that workers arrive safely and go home safely. It is everyone’s responsibility to carry out this mission. Resources include:
- Shared experiences – tell your own story about fall safety or share about what you’ve seen on jobsites that raised your level of fall prevention awareness
- Fall Risk Infographics from CPWR-NIOSH
- Fall Fatality Maps from CPWR
- State Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (FACE) Reports from NIOSH
- Day 2: Do a Toolbox Talk – Highlight the fall prevention topics you find to be most important for your employees to hear about. Encourage everyone to ask questions and facilitate a discussion on the topic to help ensure they remember the information. FrameSAFE includes 15 Fall Protection titles that are especially appropriate for your Stand-Down:
- Constructing a Safe Job-Made Ladder
- Covering Holes
- Extension Ladders
- General Guidelines for Risk Assessment
- Guardrails – Examples
- Guardrails – System Requirements
- Horizontal Lifelines
- PFAS Adequate Anchorage Point & Fall Distance
- PFAS Proper Fit & Inspection
- Protection from Falling Objects
- Putting on a Body Harness
- Rescue Planning
- Safe Use of Job-Made Ladders
- Step Ladders
- Day 3: Reinforce the Message – Use posters and handouts to make sure your employees retain the information you’re providing. Visual reminders and activities are helpful:
- OSHA has a poster for this year’s stand-down available in English and Spanish.
- The FrameSAFE program includes posters specific to fall prevention. All posters are available to print in both 11x17 and 8.5x11 formats. We recommend laminating the posters before posting.
- Consider doing a poster-making activity with your employees or ask them to create fall prevention posters at home with their kids to emphasize the importance of “work safely – go home safely.”
- Review your fall prevention plan as well as your rescue plan with employees, so everyone is aware of what to do if there is a fall on the jobsite.
- Day 4: Demonstrate the Proper Use of Fall Protection Equipment – Use Toolbox Talks and other resources to review how to properly fit, wear and use fall protection. FrameSAFE Toolbox Talk topics include: Extension Ladders, PFAS Adequate Anchorage Point & Fall Distance, PFAS Proper Fit & Inspection, and Putting on a Body Harness.
- Day 5: Conduct an Equipment Inspection – Involve your employees in the inspect of all ladders, scaffolds, aerial lifts, and PFAS, so they understand what to look for going forward. Tag and remove any equipment that does not meet the requirements for safe use. Resources available:
Keep in mind, the foregoing information is a suggestion and there are many ways to hold a stand-down. Be creative and use these ideas to develop a plan that works best for your company. Remember to take photos of your employees participating in stand-down activities to use in social media and share with NFC staff. We will post the photos we receive on our website after the event. If you are interested in working with us to write an article about your experience or your company, please call us.
Also, don’t forget to get an OSHA Certificate of Participation to recognize your company’s efforts in this important safety initiative!
Finally, consider subscribing to FrameSAFE today and receive a whole library of Toolbox Talks, Safety Posters and a site-specific fall protection plan template to compliment the full bilingual FrameSAFE safety manual. Contact staff for details.