Looking Beyond OSHA for Fall Safety Resources
As OSHA gears up for its yearly National Safety Stand Down to prevent falls in the construction industry, one can expect there to be an increase in available fall related information and resources. With each year’s initiative, OSHA provides substantial guidance for both employers and employees regarding safe practices and fall prevention. While one of the best places to find information on fall safety and OSHA compliance is through OSHA itself, there are many other resources that are just as accessible and may be of some utility.
One such resource is through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH’s guidance on preventing fall injuries provides important data and training information. One of the most useful items is the free ladder safety app which offers guides and interactive tools promoting both extension and step ladder safety. These tools can be easily accessed in real-time on the jobsite. This not only enables employers to better instruct and train their employees, but also helps employees make safer decisions on the jobsite. Furthermore, on the additional subject of aerial lift safety, NIOSH points out that aerial lifts present certain hazards due to their mobility. Such risks are identified and discussed, and training tools are provided to better educate employers and employees alike.
Whether you are an employer, employee, or otherwise involved in the construction industry, you might consider these additional fall safety resources. As the National Safety Stand Down approaches, additional issues relating to fall hazards will be addressed in this blog – issues that relate not only to OSHA’s initiative, but to safe work practices throughout the year.