"Worlds largest press located in the Russian Federation, completed
machine specific Lockout / Tagout procedures in Samara June 2005 & Belaya Kalitva 2006"
"#5 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standard with Over 4,051 Violations Noted"
On September 1, 1989, OSHA issued a final rule on the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) in Volume 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR), Section 1910.147. This standard, which went into effect on January 2, 1990, helps safeguard >employees from hazardous energy while they are performing service or maintenance on machines and equipment. The standard identifies the practices and procedures necessary to shut down and lockout or tag out machines and equipment, requires that employees receive training in their role in the lockout/tagout program, and mandates that periodic inspections be conducted to maintain or enhance the energy control program.
In the early 1970's, OSHA adopted various lockout-related provisions of the then existing national consensus standards and Federal standards that were developed for specific types of equipment or industries. When the existing standards require lockout, the new rule supplements these existing standards by requiring the development and utilization of written procedures, the training of employees, and periodic inspections of the use of the procedures. OSHA has determined the lockout is a more reliable means of de-energizing equipment than tagout and that it should always be the preferred method used by employees. The Agency believes, that except for limited situations, the use of lockout devices will provide a more secure and more effective means of protecting employees from the unexpected release of hazardous energy or startup of machines and equipment.
This new rule requires that, in general, before service or maintenance is performed on machinery or equipment, the machinery or equipment must be turned off and disconnected from the energy source, and the energy-isolating device must be either locked or tagged out. OSHA estimates that adherence to the requirement of this standard can eliminate nearly 2% of all workplace deaths in establishments affected by this rule and can have significant impact on worker safety and health in the U.S.
Approximately 39 million workers will be protected by this new rule. (The million workers who actually service/maintain equipment - i.e., craft workers, machine operators, and laborers - face the greatest risk.) OSHA estimates that compliance with the standard will prevent about 122 fatalities, 28,400 lost workday injuries and 31,900 non-lost workday injuries each year.
In keeping with this standard, Premier Safety offers a complete Lockout/Tagout Program and training, that mirrors the standard and provides the end user with a product that is clearly written, a standardized format, and is easy to maintain.
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