OSHA is encouraging employers to participate in a National Safety Stand-Down May 4-8 by taking a break to focus on job hazards, protective measures, and safety policies and goals.

While this event is centered on preventing falls in construction and focuses on fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention, it's open to all employers, regardless of industry.

OSHA is partnering with several groups to promote this event.

The National Safety Stand-Down is open to any employer interested in educating workers about fall and other workplace hazards.

The events can be as short as 15 minutes or involve several hours of training over a week.

Participants in past years included general contractors, subcontractors, independent contractors, employer trade associations, federal, state, and local government agencies, and professional organizations.

Millions Have Participated

Millions of employees have participated in previous National Safety Stand-Downs.

Participating companies receive a certificate, which demonstrates to employees their commitment to workplace safety.

The stand-down is not limited to the construction industry and no business is too small to participate.

Many employers not in construction have held stand-downs in previous years.

In fact, the single largest participant in 2015 and 2016 was the U.S. Air Force, which reached more than one million military and civilian personnel.

The smallest company to receive a certificate had but one employee, and nearly half the participation certificates completed through OSHA's website went to companies with less than 25 employees.

Events

OSHA provides suggestions on holding a successful stand-down, and will post a list of the events being held nationwide.

The stand-down is free and no registration is required.

However, if your company participates, please email OSHA to with information about your event, including what was discussed, how many workers participated, and provide some information about what your company produces and how long it has been in business.

CBIA would also like to hear about and help publicize your company's stand-down event.

Please share your activities with us by contacting CBIA's Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).