When you think of safety on the job, four letters come to mind: O.S.H.A – Occupational Safety and Health Administration; usually for business owners this brings up concerns of regulations and compliance.
The truth is that OSHA is in place to help employers of all industries keep their teams and crews safe on the job, and they provide a plethora of resources in attempt to make safety guidelines easy and accessible. For example, when it comes to Fall Protection (the leading cause of worker fatalities in the construction industry), OSHA has developed a variety of compliance assistance resources to raise awareness of common fall hazards in construction, educate employers and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities.
According to an OSHA News Release published in January 2019, the resources available include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction(May 6-10, 2019) – A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”.
- Fall Safety Videos– The various videos offered by OSHA show how to prevent construction-related fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing, and leading edge work. The videos review how quickly workers can be injured or killed on the job and are intended to assist those in the industry to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards. Most of the videos range from two to four minutes in duration and are presented in clear, easily accessible vocabulary, and show common construction workplace activities.
- OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide– A lesson plan for employers including fact sheets, posters and several Toolbox Talks.
- Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding – The sheets provide guidance on the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.
- Prevention Video – A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan and to provide workers with fall protection and training.
To learn more about how Brauner Safety Services can prepare your crews with proper safety training, including the latest OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 now offered in English and Spanish, contact Brauner Safety Services.