Lockout Tagout Hazards, Safety and Compliance

Summary

“Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)” refers to specific practices and procedures that safeguard employees from the unexpected energization, starting, of machinery, or the release of hazardous energy during maintenance.

The approximately 3 million workers who service equipment face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented.
Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.

In a study conducted by the United Auto Workers (UAW), 20% of the fatalities (83 of 414) that occurred among their members between 1973 and 1995 were attributed to inadequate hazardous energy control procedures specifically, lockout/tagout procedures.

Because lockout/tagout is the No. 1 most cited regulation violation in the manufacturing industry and the No. 5 most cited for all industries, it only makes sense that a large portion of workplace accidents could be avoided with a solid lockout/tagout program and safety-oriented company culture. By cutting down on accidents through an effective program a company can not only improve its profitability, but remove the risk for a costly OSHA fine or lawsuit.

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How Training Works to Reduce Accidents

While the blow of a workplace injury is crippling many companies, safety training programs are proven to drastically reduce the risk of injury and increase workplace productivity.

Through independent studies, OSHA has confirmed employers who have in place a safety and health training program experience a 52 percent lower rate of “injury with days away” than employers without a program. [2]

A second study of private industry employers by OSHA found even more benefits to a safety training program.

Company Benefits: [4]

  • Average Sales rose 7.5 percent
  • Manufacturing defects and waste dropped from $2.7 million in 2001 to $435,000 in 2005
  • Improved decision-making
  • EMR dropped by 45%

Safety and health also make big reductions in indirect costs, due to: [4]

  • Increased productivity
  • Higher quality products
  • Increased morale
  • Better labor/management relations
  • Reduced turnover
  • Better use of human resources

The value of training is further emphasized by a study of 41 workers hospitalized for hand injuries. Through the survey of these employees conducted by members of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) it was discovered more than half had no on the job training for the equipment that caused their injury.

Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent, according to OSHA.

Studies not only show the impact safety training has in increasing productivity and preventing injury. It shows the value training has to prevent casualties. [7]

A NIOSH study of 55 confined workplace fatalities found that only three of those losing their lives ever received training on the proper workplace safety procedures.

A study of the California insurance industry also revealed that every dollar invested in safety training resulted in $3 or more dollars in savings,”

Safety training is not a cost, it is an investment.

An Easier Compliance Solution

By requesting and reading this report you are no doubt aware of the hazards associated with aerial and the long list of regulations your company must abide by.

Meeting these regulations is a tedious process requiring you to either develop a training program yourself or to outsource with expensive safety consultants.

There is a better solution.

Here at Safety Services we have developed a “Do-It-Yourself” training program that is both simple to administer and fulfills all your OSHA requirements.

This innovative kit features an Interactive Training Program, Student’s Handbook, Instructor’s Handbook, OSHA Regulations, Student Tests, Training Logs, Fall Protection Checklist, Certificates, Wallet Cards and More.

Topics addressed:

  • OSHA requirements
  • Accident prevention
  • PPE
  • Equipment
  • Training requirements
  • And much more

Three simple steps to certification

Our $449.99 kit is a simple three-step solution that brings all your employees into compliance.

1. Classroom/online training
The first step of our program is an intuitive electronic training session. Through the program employees navigate an electronic training program at a computer and then take an automatically graded test.

2. Field training
The second part of training is in the field. During this portion of the session your appointed trainer shows the trainee the infield applications of the materials they learned in the classroom session.

3. Evaluation
The third step to the training session is evaluation. Through this step the trainer evaluates the trainee and either signs off on certification or retouches on topics that need more work. All certification through the program meets OSHA requirements.

In addition to meeting training requirements, the kit provides instruction on how to craft your aerial lifts written policy. If you are not comfortable writing your own policy we can provide the service for an additional fee.

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Citations

This publication does not itself alter or determine compliance responsibilities, which are set forth in OSHA standards themselves and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Moreover, because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements, the reader should consult current and administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the Courts.








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