While this event is construction focused, workers in other industries are encouraged to join in on the discussion and conduct their own stand-downs. Managers or even entire organizations should take some time to pause or “stand-down” and focus solely on safety and prevention. To do so, employers can perform a toolbox talk where employees are encouraged to engage in safety activities such as training, hazard recognition and risk assessments. There is no one way to conduct a stand-down, so you can really choose a mix of activities that are pertinent to your workplace and employees.
Plan your toolbox talk for your workplace with:
- Fall protection demonstrations
- Safety drills
- Safety audits
- Equipment maintenance
- Reviewing safety policies and procedures
The stand-down can also include discussions of near-misses or actual incidents to help employees learn from past mistakes and take steps to prevent them from reoccurring. The ultimate goal of a safety stand-down is to raise awareness and promote a culture of safety within a team and organization as a whole. By implementing training, drills, and audits, workers can reduce the number of incidents and accidents and further prevent injuries and fatalities.
Managers should plan these events dependent on what works best for their workers. Allow them to take a break and gather as a team. No company is too small or too big to participate in a safety stand-down.
This year, the National Safety Stand-Down takes place May 1-5. With construction season getting into full-swing, this stand-down comes at the perfect time, but safety stand-downs can and should be held multiple times a year to ensure that workers, equipment, and protocols are up to date.
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