Free Lockout/Tagout Training

Nov. 20, 2012
It may be one of the more simple safety processes, but lockout/tagout safety steps are also among the most effective. OSHA estimates the procedure saves 100 lives and prevents more than 60,000 injuries each year.

Designed to guard against injuries and deaths that can occur when someone is working on equipment while someone else inadvertently turns it back on, OSHA’s lockout/tagout safety regulations are a critical procedure for all automated operations.

The lockout/tagout regulation (29 CFR 1910.147) focuses on disabling a machine by isolating it from its source of power. Lockout refers to shutting off the energy source to the piece of equipment being worked on; tagout refers to posting a notice on the equipment’s power source as to what type of work is being done on the machine.

According to OSHA, the common sense lockout/tagout procedures should be followed whenever repairing a machine’s circuits, cleaning/oiling machinery, clearing jammed mechanisms, rebuilding equipment, or performing machine set-up.

Compliance and Safety Training is offering a free download of its lockout /tagout safety training Powerpoint. The presentation covers:
• The scope, application and purpose of the lockout/tagout program;
• Definition of terms;
• Explanation of the Energy Control Program and related procedure;
• What materials and hardware are involved;
• How to conduct periodic inspections; and
• Proper training and communication.

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