September 4, 2019 - October 4, 2019
The purpose of the Amputation Stand-Down is to raise awareness of amputation hazards. For the past several years, machine guarding has remained one of the most frequently cited violations by OSHA. Since the implementation of the OSHA Recordkeeping Rule modifications on January 1, 2015, requiring employers to report to OSHA within 24 hours of any amputations in the workplace, many OSHA offices have received numerous reports of amputations.
Arkansas was the first state in the nation to sponsor an Amputation Prevention Stand-Down and anticipates reaching more than 10,000 workers in over 20 individual organizational Stand-Downs. We have seen great success in the past Amputation Stand-Downs with a large number of companies participating. The 2015 and 2016 Arkansas Amputation Prevention stand-downs drew more than 25,000 participants in 16 different states and 2 foreign countries.
We invite everyone to participate in the goal of improving worker protection and reducing amputations, which are viewed as preventable debilitating injuries and life-altering events. Companies may conduct an Amputation Stand-Down by stopping work and providing focused toolbox talks on topics such as machine guarding or lock-out/tag-out. Provide information to workers about hazards, protective methods such as machine safeguarding, pullback devices, restraints, two-hand controls, and the company's safety policies, goals, and expectations. Extensive information and resources are provided on this website for your use.
During the 2019 Stand-Down, employers will be able to conduct site activities such as employee training, audits of machinery where the potential for amputations exist, corrections of any identified machine guarding hazards, and a review of their lock-out/tag-out procedures. Companies will be recognized with a Certificate for their participation in the Amputation Stand-Down.