NORA’s New Website Focuses on Lockout/Tagout

Source: NIOSH

The Official Magazine of the The National Safety Council (NSC), Safety + Health, reports that the National Occupational Research Agenda Manufacturing Sector Council has created an online resource guide intended to assist organizations in beginning, maintaining or enhancing their hazardous energy control programs.

The resource’s overview emphasizes measures other than lockout/tagout, including machine guarding. Protecting employees from the unexpected startup of machinery and other hazards during maintenance, service, and repairs remains an issue in the manufacturing industry.

Lockout/tagout was No. 5 among OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations for fiscal year 2018.

The resource states that “injuries and fatalities that happen for failure to implement a lockout program are much more costly than the citations (not only in economic terms).” It also cautions that sources of energy can include mechanical, chemical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and thermal, among others.

Components of a successful program consist of four main activities:

  • Control procedures;
  • Training;
  • Auditing; and
  • Prevention.

The resource states that “injuries and fatalities that happen for failure to implement a lockout program are much more costly than the citations (not only in economic terms).” It also cautions that sources of energy can include mechanical, chemical, hydraulic, pneumatic and thermal, among others.

NORA is a partnership initiative developed by NIOSH in 1996. It features 10 industry sector councils and seven cross-sector councils focused on certain issues, such as musculoskeletal health and hearing loss prevention.

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