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PLANT SAFETY MATTERS

Explore Alternative

LOTO
Measures
An alternate universe of lockout/
tagout approaches has begun
easing the struggle to
comply with OSHA and
ANSI standards.

ON THE SURFACE, at least,
machine lockout/tagout (LOTO)
appears straightforward: Identify and
isolate energy sources, lock and tag,
and perform the procedure that needs
to get done. Simple enough? Wrong.
When energy is required to complete
machine diagnostics or set-up work, or
when a minor maintenance job is going
to throw production hours behind
schedule, LOTO becomes something
far more complex than a textbook
explanation.
Given its intricacies, it is understandable why LOTO, as outlined in
OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.147
The Control of Hazardous Energy
(Lockout/Tagout), has become an
everyday struggle for many safety
personnel-and why LOTO ranks
among the Occupational Safety &
Health Administration's (OSHA) top
10 violations, year after year. It's also
SEPTEMBER 2017

Industry is fast embracing the concept of alternative measures when it comes to
compliance with OSHA and ANSI guidance on lockout/tagout. Examples include
using key-controlled locks, control switches, interlocked guards, and remote devices
and disconnects, among others. Locking out just a section of a machine is another
approach. Photo courtesy of The Master Lock Co.

understandable why industry is fast
embracing OSHA's Alternative Protection Measures.

OSHA requirements
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 requires
employees to remove power sources
to a machine that could otherwise
result in personal injury, if energy
were unintentionally released during
maintenance or service. It clearly states
facilities are responsible for establishing a written program covering
how required safety measures will be
applied. This includes provisions for
developing machine-specific energy-

control procedures, training authorized
workers to protect themselves
regarding LOTO, and conducting
periodic inspections of the adequacy
of the written procedures, along with
the performance of personnel applying
them.
As comprehensive as LOTO may
be, it can be very time intensive, often
requiring longer than is required to
finish the actual maintenance task.
Processes come to a halt, resulting in
the possibility of the day's production
numbers being missed. This situation
becomes even more frustrating when
the maintenance task is one that
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology September 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Bionics Will Drive Future Factories
Filling The Skills Gap
Virtual Simulation and Plant Safety
Update Grounding Knowledge
Don't Overlook STF Hazards
Alternative LOTO Measures
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Compressed Air Filters
IR Inspections
Crack The Lube-Fault Code
DCIM Drives Efficiencies
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Ad
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Cover2
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Editorial
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 5
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Uptime
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 7
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - On The Floor
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 9
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Bionics Will Drive Future Factories
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 15
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Filling The Skills Gap
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Virtual Simulation and Plant Safety
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 21
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 22
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Update Grounding Knowledge
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 24
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 25
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Don't Overlook STF Hazards
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 27
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 28
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Alternative LOTO Measures
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 30
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 31
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 32
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Compressed Air Filters
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 35
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - IR Inspections
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 37
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Crack The Lube-Fault Code
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 39
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 40
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - DCIM Drives Efficiencies
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 42
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Products
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 44
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - 45
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Final Thought
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