PORTLAND, OR — An estimated 120 lives are saved and 50,000 injuries prevented each year by complying with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lockout/tagout standards, according to a press release.
Lockout/tagout, or LO/TO, is a procedure in which repairs are not made to machines until power sources are removed, locked out, tagged out and isolated; in response to this course of action, Graphic Products Inc. has released the Safety Lockout/Tagout Best Practices Guide, the release stated.
"A large percentage of workplace accidents, as well as OSHA citations, are related to not using LO/TO or not following LO/TO procedures. The Best Practices Guide was developed to help reduce accidents by providing foundational information about LO/TO. We've produced this free best practices guide for our customers and are happy to make copies available to anyone who needs to learn the basics of LO/TO," said Steve Stephenson, chief marketing officer for Graphic Products.
According to the release, included in this colorful guide are chapters about how accidental start-ups occur, a definition of stored energy, steps to install and remove lockout gear, a case study from an environmental health and safety professional, plus an overview of commonly used LO/TO products and services.
There's also a section about reducing the number of potential injuries and fatalities possible from entrapment in confined spaces such as tanks and tunnels, the release noted.
Click here to read the release in its entirety.