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OSHA Reschedules 7th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls for September 14-18

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the 7th Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has been rescheduled for September 14-18, 2020. The national safety stand-down is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training.

OSHA noted that this year it is partnering with other safety organizations to encourage employers to provide safety demonstrations on fall protection equipment, conduct talks regarding fall-related hazards, safety policies, goals and expectations, and promote the event by using the #StandDown4Safety on social media.

Extensive resources on fall prevention and more details on the events are now available on OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage. The resources include:

—A brief video entitled “5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls,” which encourages employers to educate and train workers on fall protection equipment;

—A series of fall prevention publications, with an emphasis on construction, and fall prevention videos;

—OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide, which provides a lesson plan for employers, including several Toolbox Talks; and

—Guidance on ladder and scaffolding safety.

OSHA is encouraging employers to provide feedback after events and obtain a personalized certificate of participation.

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