ASSE Supports NAOSH Week, Fall Safety Stand-Down

ASSE is a proud supporter of two upcoming safety events, NAOSH Week and OSHA’s Fall Safety Stand-Down.NAOSH

NAOSH Week

NAOSH Week is an effort that spans all of North America. The goal is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

The event occurs every year during the first full week of May—or May 3-9 in 2015. Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP Day) is Wednesday, May 6, this year. ASSE urges everyone to get involved in NAOSH Week in to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers, but for their families, friends, businesses, their local communities and the global community.

Fall Safety Stand-Down

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and lack of proper fall protection is OSHA’s most frequently cited violation. To bring attention to this hazard, the agency is holding its second Fall Safety Stand-Down from May 4-15, 2015.

poster“With the economy on the rebound and housing starts on the rise, now is the time to for all of us to renew our commitment to sending workers home safe every night,” says Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. “Last year’s Stand-Down showed us what employers and workers sharing that commitment can accomplish. Responsible employers understand that safety is not a luxury—it is a necessity.”

As part of the event employers and workers will pause during their workday for topic discussion, demonstrations and training on how to use safety harnesses, guard rails and other means to protect workers from falls.

The event is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign, launched 3 years ago with NIOSH, NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda and the Center for Construction Research and Training. Additional partners include ASSE, National Safety Council, National Construction Safety Executives, the U.S. Air Force, OSHA-approved state plans, state consultation programs and OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.

Additional resources are available at the National Safety Stand-Down 2015 website.