National Initiatives. OSHA will conduct the following national outreach initiatives.
The details are in development and will be shared as soon as they are available.
The goal of the campaign is to promote the understanding and adoption of safety and health programs. The signature event is Safe + Sound Week, when employers can show their safety commitment through activities related to common core elements of recognized safety and health programs: management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to find and fix hazards. The 2018 Safe + Sound Week date will be held on August 13-19, 2018.
The Stop Falls Campaign raises awareness of the danger of falls. Originally focused in the construction industry, it is now inclusive of other industries. The signature event is the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, to be held May 7-11, 2018. The stand-down encourages employers to take a dedicated time during the week to focus on fall prevention efforts and training.
During hot weather, OSHA will promote the risks of heat and prevention measures using the #WaterRestShade Campaign for Heat Illness Prevention.
OSHA will participate in the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Trench Safety Stand-down on June 18-23, 2018. OSHA will continue to promote and be involved in compliance assistance and outreach related to trench safety.
Priority Industries. The following are the industries/topics that have been tentatively identified as priorities for outreach.
o Oil and Gas
o Telecommunication Towers
o Temporary Workers
o Small Business
o Young Workers
o Grain Handling
Key Dates for Outreach. Below are dates to be aware of while planning outreach and compliance activities.
o March 2018
§ Ladder Safety Month
§ National Youth Press Conference (High school students will gather to learn about occupational safety and health for use in their newspapers and digital media. Date TBD.)
o April 2018
o May 2018
§ 7-11 – National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
§ 7-11 – Safety Week 2018 (Construction)
§ 25 – Informal launch of the Heat Illness Prevention Campaign; “Don’t Fry Day” Friday before Memorial Day
o June 2018
o August 2018
§ 13-19 – Safe + Sound Week
§ Labor Rights Week (week before Labor Day)