Safety experts estimate that up to 10 percent of industrial incidents are related to the failure to lock out equipment during plant maintenance. Proper lockout/tagout (LO/TO) practices safeguard workers from the danger of electrocution, shock or crushing.
Facility managers can gain the tools they need to conduct effective LO/TO training via "The Control of Hazardous Energy," a program focused on reducing workplace injuries developed by Ideal Industries Inc., Sycamore, Ill.
The program consists of a 14-minute video demonstrating the major steps required for an effective LO/TO program along with support materials such as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, program leader guide, attendance log and certificates, employee quiz and a copy of OSHA lockout/tagout regulation 1910.147.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 1910.147 requires all work places where the potential for injury lies from the unexpected energization or startup of machines, equipment or other devices to have a LO/TO training policy. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year, according to OSHA. Approximately 3 million workers face the risk of injury daily if LO/TO procedures are not implemented properly. In addition to protecting employees, LO/TO can help cut costs, improve productivity and decrease equipment downtime.