|LOCKOUT / TAGOUT SAVES LIVES AND REDUCES COSTS! |
|--Approximately 10% of all industrial accidents are caused by failure to properly control hazardous energy. According to OSHA, this leads to 250,000 incidents, resulting in 50,000 injuries and over 100 fatalities every year. |
--Studies have shown that energy control programs can reduce injury rates by 25 to 50 percent!
|OSHA is Citing LO/TO Violators |
|--Due to the serious risk that hazardous energy poses to employees, OSHA is stepping up inspections and citations. In fact, the Lockout/Tagout standard has become the #1 most cited OSHA regulation for manufacturers. |
|WHAT OSHA LOOKS FOR |
|Common LO/TO violations include: |
--Failure to establish a written energy control program
--Failure to develop machine-specific lockout procedures
--Failure to properly train employees
--Failure to conduct periodic audits
--Failure to provide or utilize the proper lockout devices
|The Cost of Non-Compliance |
|--OSHA fines can run from several hundred to several hundred thousand dollars |
--On average, non-fatal industrial accidents cost employers over $30,000 in direct and indirect medical expenses. In the event of a fatality, costs can jump to over $1 million!
--Penalties from civil lawsuits can also easily run into the millions of dollars!
--Not just people get hurt unexpected startup can also damage equipment and machinery, requiring expensive repairs and prolonged downtime that reduces productivity
--Many insurance companies offer reduced premiums to employers who demonstrate that they have an effective LO/TO program a welcome savings in light of skyrocketing insurance costs!
|LO/TO Regulations & Standards |
|--Federal LO/TO requirements for general industry are covered in 29 CFR 1910.147, The Control Of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) |
--Work on electrical circuits and components is covered under 29 CFR 1910, Subpart S, Selection & Use of Electrical Work Practices.
--Some equipment-specific OSHA standards (eg, for cranes, derricks, etc.) also have their own LO/TO requirements.
--In 2003, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) updated its standard Z244.1 Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout & Alternative Methods. ANSI standards are voluntary consensus standards, but often form the basis of new or revised OSHA regulations.
--For more information on the OSHA standards, go to www.osha.gov.
--For information on ANSI Z244.1 go to www.ansi.org.