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    Stauffer Glove and Safety | LOTO | OSHA Standard 1910.147

    OSHA Standard 1910.147. What is it?

    OSHA presented Standard 29 CFR 1910.147 in 1989. The purpose of the standard is to establish a lockout tagout compliance program for the control of hazardous energy.  For example, the standard covers situations where injury may be caused by the unexpected release of potential energy while machinery is being maintained. To keep employees safe, procedures must be written and implemented.

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    Are you at Risk? Some Common issues with lockout/tagout

    Stauffer Glove and Safety believes that awareness is the FIRST step! Avoid these common issues with lockout/tagout so your company can maintain a safe and compliant work environment. Below are a few examples of common issues with lockout/tagout.

    Employee Training: Employees who apply tags and locks to machinery are considered "authorized employees." The employees who operate machinery with locks and tags installed are called "affected employees." The issue arises when proper training is not conducted for "other employees". OSHA requires training for this particular group of staff members who do not directly work on the locked out machinery. To maintain compliance it is important to have a well trained workforce.

    Use of Wrong Tags: OSHA requires that most facilities need at least four different tags and that those tags be used properly. For example, the only use for a "Danger Do Not Operate" tag is for the servicing and maintenance of machinery. Tags such as "Danger Do Not Use" is strictly meant for defective equipment. Your workforce must be conscience of the proper use of tags.

    5 Step Plan to Stay Compliant

    Worried about OSHA tagging your company as unsafe? Stauffer Glove and Safety wants to lockout the frustration with 5 easy steps. Follow below to establish a lockout tagout program.

         
    1. Disable Power Completely - Make sure all sources of power are shut off so that potential energy is not released.
        
    2. Lockout to Prevent Reconnection - Lockout all Machinery to insure the power source cannot be switched on.
        
    3. Confirm the Machine is Off - Be conscious and double check that the Machine is off.
        
    4. Remove Circuit Power - Add a layer of protection by removing any fuses or tripping circuits.
        
    5. Be aware - Confirm that nearby machines will not affect the piece of equipment that is shut down and locked out.