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June 24, 2011

NIOSH Publication Defines Best Lockout / Tagout Procedures

Workers are at risk of severe injury and death during machine maintenance and servicing if proper lockout and tagout procedures are not followed. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends developing and implementing a hazardous energy control program that includes lockout and tagout procedures and worker training to prevent such incidents.

NIOSH recently published a comprehensive report on how to develop and maintain an effective lockout/tagout program. Using Lockout and Tagout Procedures to Prevent Injury and Death during Machine Maintenance includes analysis of a fatality case, a listing of applicable OSHA regulations and safety tips for workers.


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