Close this search box.

Amputation Prevention

Amputation Prevention

In response to the alarming number of amputations in the United States as well as the National Emphasis Program, OSHA Consultation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA and the SHARP/VPP Association developed the Amputation Prevention Information Booklet. This booklet is designed to be an aid for front-line supervisors and/or lead persons to assist them in communicating to the workforce on how to recognize and eliminate potential amputation probabilities. There are seven (7) Amputation Prevention Information booklets: Construction/Public Sector, General Industry I, General Industry II, Grain Handling, Die Casting/Metal Fabrication, Poultry, and Sawmills/Woodworking.

How to use your Amputation Prevention Information Booklet:

The booklet is intended to assist with conducting one-on-one training or group training concerning amputations. During the training, the instructor should communicate the following:

  • Identify the equipment;
  • Identify body parts that may be amputated by that piece of equipment;
  • Amputation preventive measures;
  • The usage or non-usage of gloves or other personal protective equipment that may assist in amputation prevention;
  • The need for development and use of lockout/tagout procedures;
  • Provide specific talking points for discussion of amputation concerns; and
  • Identify preventive tools and/or devices that can be used to prevent bodily injury while working with specific machines.

If you would like to have an Amputation Prevention Information Booklet,

please fill out and fax, mail, or e-mail the Booklet Order Form.

Amputation Prevention +


A history of Arkansas Amputation Prevention Stand-downs.

In 2015, the Arkansas OSHA Consultation Program adopted an annual Amputation Stand-down a state-wide effort to provide a safer work environment. The Regional Administrator for OSHA Region VI spoke about the successful participation of the very first event, “The 2015 Arkansas Amputation Prevention stand-down drew over 10,000 participants in 16 different states and 2 foreign countries, therefore we are anticipating an even greater amount of participants to assist in the prevention of these life-altering, debilitating injuries.”

At each promotional kick-off event, staff provides educational materials to include amputation prevention fact sheets and inspection guides that facilities can use to conduct their own amputation prevention stand down. Attendees have the rare opportunity to listen to testimonials from survivors of a workplace amputation, their families, and co-workers. Other companies share their success stories in creating their own amputation prevention programs, routine inspections, and give advise to other employers and safety team members.

Information from the 2023
Amputation Prevention Kick-Off

In 2023, the OSHA Consultation Program offered
3 opportunities to join efforts in preventing amputations.
3 different locations hosted the events on 3 separate dates.

order Download and Fill out the Participation Survey

1st Kick-Off | Northwest

2nd Kick-Off | Northeast

Final Kick-Off | Central

Other Stand-Down Information

OSHA Consultation Contact Information

Office Fax 501·682·4532 | Main Phone 501·682·4523