Lockout tagout: A critical safety regulation
Lockout tagout is an important safety component that is critical to safeguarding workers around the machinery and equipment they operate, service and maintain. This important safety practice involves de-energizing electrical circuits, closing valves, neutralizing extreme temperatures and securing moving parts so hazardous energy isn't re-introduced while equipment is being serviced. An effective lockout tagout program is most successful when it includes the complete safety picture - locks, tags and devices - as well as proper lockout procedures, program documentation, employee training, periodic inspections or other procedural elements. Benefits of a lockout tagout program Saving lives: Preventing an estimated 250,000 incidents, 50,000 injuries and 120 fatalities annually Cutting costs: Significantly decreasing lost employee time and insurance costs Improving productivity: Reducing equipment downtime
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Expanded Guide to Lockout Tagout
OSHA 29CFR 1910.147 - Control of Hazardous Energy General industry workers performing servicing and/or maintenance on machines or equipment and who are exposed to the unexpected energization, startup or release of hazardous energy. OSHA 29CFR 1910.333 - Electrical Safety Safety-related work practices shall be employed to prevent electric shock or other injuries resulting from either direct or indirect electrical contacts, when work is performed near or on equipment or circuits which are or may be energized. ANSI Z244.1 (2016) - Lockout Tagout and Alternative Methods A voluntary national consensus standard that represents several industry hazardous energy control best practices and also promotes greater flexibility through the use of alternative methods based on risk assessments and application of the hazard control hierarchy.
Lockout tagout is the fifth most cited OSHA violation, with 2,944 violations during fiscal year 2018
Top violations involve: 1910.147(c)(4)(i) Requirements for General Procedures 1910.147(c)(1) Program Requirements 1910.147(c)(6)(i) Inspecting Procedures 1910.147(c)(7)(i) Training Requirements 1910.147(d) Notifying affected employees
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