ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

The first Arkansas Amputation Prevention Stand-Down is scheduled for September 14 - 29, 2015. The purpose of the Stand-Down is to raise awareness of amputation hazards throughout various general industry establishments. For the past several years, machine guarding has remained the most frequently cited violation by the OSHA Little Rock Area Office. 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, the Area Office has received an influx of reported amputations throughout the state.

Arkansas is the first state in the country to begin an Amputation Prevention Stand-Down and anticipates reaching more than 5,000 workers in over 15 individual Stand-Downs. It is hoped that once this goal is achieved, the impact should result in improved worker protection and a reduction in amputations, which are viewed as preventable life changing events. Companies 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. The meeting provides 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 16-day 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 review of lock-out/tag-out procedures.