The best way to protect your craft workers, machine operators, and laborers from serious physical harm, and potential death, is to ensure the hazardous energy they’re working with is properly controlled and locked out with a safety lockout device.
OSHA has created the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) 29 CFR 1910 standards to help prevent serious accidents from occurring due to accidental start-ups. The practices and procedures highlighted by OSHA require safety lockout/tagout devices to disable machinery or equipment in order to prevent the hazardous release of an energy source while performing service or maintenance.
Before asking your workers to service equipment or machinery, ensure they have the appropriate safety lockout devices to properly control the hazardous energy. Provide all authorized employees with the knowledge and skills they need to safely perform their job.
Below are a few steps required by OSHA:
For more information about the Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tagout standard read: Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) 29 CFR 1910.
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