Control of Hazardous Energy in Manufacturing Sector

Injuries and deaths can result from the unsafe release, presence
or activation of stored energy during servicing or repair. For instance, an
employee who tries to clear a jam but either fails to de-energize the machine
or fails to lockout sources of energy allows another person (passers-by,
contractor, temporary, or close co-workers) to dangerously reactivate the
system. Specific practices and procedures ensuring deactivation and the control
of reactivation, referred to as "lockout/tagout,” are meant to safeguard
employees from unexpected startup of machinery, unsafe release of energy,
or exposure to uncontrolled hazards, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic,
pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other hazards.

A new website from the Canadian National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)
Manufacturing Sector Council features ways in which businesses and companies
can safeguard employees from the release of hazardous energy during service and
maintenance activities. The new website provides current and adapted resources
to help companies and businesses start, or improve and maintain any existing
lockout/tagout programs they may already have in place. It features a resource
guide with step-by-step guidance and customizable materials and templates to
help with the implementation of effective strategies for the control of unsafe
hazardous energy release.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)