Stop Work Authority

  • 5 topics | 19m 1s
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  • Transcripts
Imagine an organization with a safety culture where every employee is watching out for the well-being of every other employee whenever they're on the job. In fact, many organizations have just such a culture. Stop Work Authority is a program designed to provide workers with the responsibility and obligation to stop work when an unsafe condition, activity, or behavior occurs or has the potential to occur. Under Stop Work Authority, all workers, including leaders, support safety by following established practices and procedures for stopping work when there is imminent danger to people. In this course, you will learn about how Stop Work Authority functions and how it relates to workplace safety. You will learn about OSHA and other federal standards that serve as guidance toward implementing Stop Work Authority. You'll discover how to use a Stop Work Authority card, and discover the benefits of having Stop Work Authority in your workplace. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify employer and employee responsibilities in workplace safety
  • recognize the intent of Stop Work Authority in the workplace
  • identify the OSHA standard that should serve as guidance for implementing a Stop Work Authority
  • recognize situations where a Stop Work Authority card should be used
  • recognize the key elements that are important to ensure Stop Work Authority effectiveness in the workplace
  • identify some of the benefits that Stop Work Authority gives to a workplace


  • Workplace Safety and Stop Work Authority
  • OSHA and Federal Agencies
  • Using a Stop Work Authority Card
  • Ensuring Stop Work Authority Effectiveness
  • Benefits of Stop Work Authority