The purpose of the Stand-Down is to raise awareness of amputation hazards in Arkansas. For the past several years, machine guarding has remained the most frequently cited violation by the OSHA Little Rock Area Office, Arkansas Department of Labor Consultation Program and the UTA OSHA Education Center.
Arkansas was the first state in the country to sponsor an Amputation Prevention Stand-Down and anticipates reaching more than 10,000 workers in over 20 individual Stand-Downs. We have seen great success from this event in the past two years with a large number of companies participating. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 Arkansas Amputation Prevention stand-downs drew over 25,000 participants in 16 different states and 2 foreign countries.
Our goal is to improve worker protection and reduce amputations, which are viewed as preventable debilitating injuries and life altering events. Companies may conduct an Amputation Stand-Down by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk 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.
During the 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 an OSHA Certificate for their participation in the Amputation Stand-Down.
Join us in person or online for the Kick-Off Event on Wed., Sep. 5, from 9:00AM-12:00N at Kimbel Sytems, 1936 N Shiloh Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704.