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Lockout/Tagout Rules

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'Lockout / Tagout' refers to procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment due to the release of hazardous energy during maintenance activities. Energy is not just electrical and the written material identifies many other sources that might cause unexpected equipment movements. To prevent such a happening, the topic information clarifies and lists how authorized workers must lock or tag machinery before performing maintenance. Rules for machinery operators make clear that the only safe approach to locked and tagged equipment is a strict 'Hands-Off' routine for ...
signed by President Richard M. Nixon, on December 29, 1970. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health. The agency is headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor. The OSH Act, which created OSHA also created the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a research agency focusing on occupational health and safety. NIOSH, however, is not a part of the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA federal regulations cover most private sector workplaces. The OSH Act permits states to develop approved plans as ...
Goodbye to MSHA's Stickler « The Pump Handle
Yesterday afternoon, if you happened to MSHA’s website and click on the Asst. Secretary’s button, you’d see this , with the ominous caption: “The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.” That was a tell-tale sign that Richard Stickler’s recess-appointment tenure as MSHA’s chief has come to an end.  Ken Ward of  The Charleston Gazette reports today in “ Stickler out at MSHA” that a political appointee named John Pallasch is now the acting Assistant Secretary for MSHA. Ward reports: “…on Thursday, MSHA ... market research, surveys and trends
Lockout/Tagout Compliance: Group Lockout and Shift Changes | EHS Today
It's 5:10 a.m. and Glenwood (“Woody” as he is known around the shop) was wrapping up his third-shift work on a case packer. His task that night was to replace the main drive motor and gear reducer. Normally, he has help with this task, but recent downsizing efforts left resources stretched thin, leaving him to work alone. Woody has 33 years of experience and knows a thing or two about how to be safe while he is working on equipment. In fact, he was on site when someone was killed last year because they didn't properly lock out the equipment. On this particular morning, Woody followed all his training to ... market research, surveys and trends


Acting Tough: When Cameras Leave, OSHA Penalties Wither - ProPublica
After an explosion tore through a sugar refinery in Georgia in February, killing 14 workers and injuring 40, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted swiftly, announcing an $8.8 million fine against Imperial Sugar for not protecting workers against the hazards of combustible dust. The proposed fine, disclosed last month, is the third highest in the agency’s 37-year history. But if that same history is a guide, OSHA will end up collecting half that much money, or less. ProPublica reviewed the agency’s previous 25 highest announced penalties . In 19 cases, the fines were sharply reduced after appeals and ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
The Industrial Market
From the largest industrial conglomerate in smokestack America to the smallest machine shop in an industrial park exists a market for electrical supplies that accounts for roughly 34 percent of all sales through electrical distributors. This market will account for almost $26 billion in electrical product sales in 2002, according to Electrical Wholesaling magazine's “Regional Factbook” ( EW — November 2001). When people think of the industrial market, too often they just think of massive industrial plants — assembly lines building minivans; steel plants with huge vats pouring molten steel into forms; ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Safety experts talk safety
The DJC interviewed four members of the AGC Safety Team to see what makes them tick. Some go to extremes to get their workers' attention — in one case resorting to magic tricks and humor — but all want their workers to go home in one piece at the end of the day. Ray Pierce Diamond B Constructors Pierce is corporate safety director at Diamond B Constructors, a Bellingham-based mechanical and HVAC contractor with commercial and industrial divisions. Pierce has been with the 100-year-old company for seven years. Q: How did you get into safety as a career? A: While working at a pulp mill I was asked to perform tasks ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Burden for oil spill falls on BP; history shows pattern of disregard
The recent tragic oil spoil has been the top story on the news for two months and it will undoubtedly be the story for not months but years to come based on its devastation. One needs to take a look at who is at fault and their history of ignoring, disregarding environmental, safety and health rules and regulations. My opinion, the fault needs to be placed on BP Products North American Inc. Who else would you place fault on? They were in charge, controlled all activity, secured all necessary licensing and controlled the drilling site. The responsibility lies directly on them. With that burden of responsibility, all ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout). - 1910.147
energization or start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees. This standard establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of such hazardous energy. 1910.147(a)(1)(ii) This standard does not cover the following: 1910.147(a)(1)(ii)(A) Construction, agriculture and maritime employment; 1910.147(a)(1)(ii)(B) Installations under the exclusive control of electric utilities for the purpose of power generation, transmission and distribution, including related equipment for communication or metering; and 1910.147(a)(1)(ii)(C) Exposure to electrical hazards from work on, ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
OSHA's Lockout/Tagout Standard, AEX-595-91
Recently, an employee was cleaning the unguarded side of an operating saw. The employee was caught in the moving parts of the saw, pulled into a nip point between the saw blade and the idler wheel and fatally injured. This accident was caused by the failure to shut down or turn off the equipment to perform maintenance. If the employee had used a lockout/tagout procedure, he would still be alive today. The Control of Hazardous Energy Source Standard (29 CFR 1910.147), which is more commonly known as the Lockout/Tagout Standard, is a Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program. It is designed to prevent ...
Does OSHA have any regulations about trash collectors riding on ...
Garbage collector David Richard was on his usual pickup route in Boca Raton, Florida, when a fluke accident ended his life. No one knows what happened, but Richards was standing behind his truck when it started moving in reverse. It knocked him over, dragging him 20 feet before crashing through a fence. Firefighters found him dead when they arrived. At first glance, garbage collecting may not seem extremely hazardous. But research shows that it can in fact be both dangerous and even deadly. A report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that between 1980 and 1992, 450 sanitation workers ...
How many hours should be invested per employee for manufacturing ...
I consult to the woodworking industry. As far as I am concerned, it is not a question of hours per employee. That limits you too much. A person on an assembly bench with no desire to expand or grow should not have valuable training hours/dollars wasted on them unless a new system adoption demands it. On the other hand, any person who is constantly working to improve his/herself and the company's processes should be given as much opportunity as possible to expand and grow. Not only does this help the company, but is a huge perk that can keep such desirable employees happy and productive. Also, training is not always ...