November 2012

  1. Lockout Periodic Inspections

    It is a legal requirement placed upon the employer to ensure that regular inspections are in place that comprehensively cover an energy control program and ensure it is effective and being correctly enforced. Continue reading →
  2. Lockout Devices: Rules and Regulations

    OSHA’s extensive documentation found within the Federal Register extends to the use of lockout/tagout equipment, and there are several standards you need to be aware of and understand before the implantation of your own energy control program. Continue reading →
  3. Developing an Energy Control Procedure

    By now, you should hopefully know exactly what an energy control procedure is.  But how do you go about developing your own energy control procedure, and what must you ensure you address in the procedure itself? Continue reading →
  4. Lockout/Tagout Definitions

    When considering the rules and regulations of OSHA when applied to LOTO it is also extremely important to gain an understanding of definitions associated with the process to gain a greater understanding of the process and what is required. Continue reading →
  5. When to Use Lockout, and When to Use Tagout

    Under the rules and regulations of lockout/tagout which is governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, they outline exactly when lockout and tagout should be utilised, and it is the legal responsibility of the employer to ensure they follow the rules and regulations that are outlined. Continue reading →
  6. The Scope, Application and Purpose of Lockout/Tagout

    In the United States, there are a significant amount of rules and regulations enforced by the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) which must be followed in order to avoid severe penalties, fees and possible criminal investigation. Continue reading →
  7. What is an Energy Control Program?

    If you’ve looked into Lockout/Tagout procedures, chances are you’ve seen reference to an ‘energy control program’. But what exactly is an energy control program, and what does it have to do with LOTO procedures? Continue reading →
  8. Lockout: Stored Energy

    Although we generally tend to think of energy being constantly supplied via outlets and in turn think that energy can be switched off using a switch or similar device, there are many instances when stored energy is also used to power a piece of machinery, particularly in the event of the regular continuous power source ceasing operation. Continue reading →
  9. Machinery Fire Gains Massive Lockout Fines

    A laminate fabric manufacturer based in New Haven USA is facing severe penalties for not adhering correctly to lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures. Continue reading →
  10. The Right and Wrong Ways to Perform Maintenance

    If there’s one simple thing an organisation can do to prevent horrible accidents happening,  it’s using lockout. Continue reading →
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