National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Announced by the OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

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OSHA Designates May 2-6, 2016, for Third Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Promote Fall Hazard Recognition and Prevention in the Construction Industry

Cari Elofson, Assistant Director

Cari Elofson, Assistant Director

"Falls cause the highest number of deaths in the construction industry."

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, the only authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, is announcing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The event is a nationwide initiative to support construction industry employers and workers in their efforts to overcome the serious dangers of falls at their jobsites.

OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) are leading the effort to encourage employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, demonstrations and training on how to recognize and prevent fall hazards.

“Falls cause the highest number of deaths in the construction industry,” said Cari Elofson, Assistant Director of the OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. “The National Safety Stand-Down provides an opportunity for both employers and workers to take time in the workday to identify potential fall hazards at their jobsites, and then discuss and demonstrate how to prevent falls from occurring.”

More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015, and OSHA expects thousands of employers across the nation to join the 2016 event. To guide their efforts, OSHA has developed the official National Safety Stand-Down webpage to provide information on how to conduct a successful stand-down. After their events, employers are encouraged to provide feedback to OSHA and receive a personalized certificate of participation.

OSHA's goal this year is to reach five million workers, which would represent more than half of the construction workers in the U.S.

To support OSHA’s fall prevention initiative, the OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA 3115 - Fall Protection, a 3-day course that provides an overview of state-of-the-art fall protection technology and current OSHA requirements, at the following locations:

    Dublin, California (San Francisco Bay Area) | May 18-20, 2016
    Henderson (Las Vegas Area), Nevada | July 26-28, 2016
    Sacramento, California | October 3-5, 2016

About the OSHA Training Center

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry in Dublin, California, conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards and customized on-site safety training. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit the OSHA Training Center website or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).

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