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3 Steps For Effective Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Employing proper Lockout/Tagout procedures can be a complex task - it’s not surprising that the LOTO standard is one of the most frequently cited:

-          Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) is the eighth most frequently cited OSHA standard.
-          All manufacturing industries racked up over $6,000,000 in penalties from LOTO citations in 2013; Construction tallied over $100,000 and Quarrying, Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction $29,000 as well.

What methods can you use to keep your workers safe and bolster your program up to OSHA standards?

(First Step) Know the Standards - An estimated 120 deaths and 50,000 injuries are prevented each year by compliance with OSHA standards. One important way to increase your knowledge of how to use effective LOTO procedures is by using the resources many resources available for LOTO training and standard interpretation. OSHA offers an extremely helpful Lockout/Tagout online training tool (see left) that includes tutorials and interactive case studies, and for a quick reference to standards on LOTO procedures check out our free Lockout/Tagout guide.

Observe and Stay Updated: It is extremely helpful to continually analyze cases of LOTO accidents and determining why they occurred. For example, we’d suggest finding stories similar to this recent article by Jim White at OH&S Magazine that provides a thorough account of a particular LOTO accident, discussing where and how the company’s procedures failed and resulted in a worker injury. Doing this may help you recognize potential vulnerabilities in your own procedures before they have the chance to do any damage.

Implement Your Plan: Although thorough research is a must when preparing your safety procedures, it’s just as necessary to perform them thoughtfully and carefully. As White said, “Safety is not about just any one procedure or rule. It's about slowing down, making a plan, and executing that plan.” Be smart about how you execute your plan and the tools you choose to do so, including your lockout tags. Contact us for information about our custom-made, tear-resistant tags that can include logos, equipment information, contact information, authorized employee names and pictures and more to ensure the effectiveness your LOTO procedure.
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December 4th, 2014 10:34 pm
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October 30th, 2014 2:10 am
Great tips. Thanks for your blog regarding lockout tagout. Its really interesting to many readers. I really appreciate this, thanks..

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