Sample Plans Help Companies Keep Track of LOTO

May 23, 2023

By: Maureen Paraventi Approximately three million workers in the U.S. use or service equipment that may unexpectedly release hazardous energy if that energy is not properly controlled. The results can be life altering or life ending:  electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputations or fractures. According to OSHA, workers injured on the job from exposure to…


Understanding & Preventing Workplace Electrical Fatalities

April 26, 2023

By Daniel Majano and Brianne Deerwester, Contributors Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) collects information on fatal occupational electrical injuries using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries. ESFI’s…


Find the Best Path to Electrical Safety with Floor Marking

February 1, 2023

By: Kevin Fipps, Contributor The best route isn’t always a straight line. Today’s industrial workforce must navigate traffic, energized equipment and complex facilities. To ensure the safety of personnel working in industrial areas, it is important to properly mark hazardous areas and equipment. Floor marking is a great way to identify and protect workers from…


NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in The Workplace

January 3, 2023

“OSHA requires protective measures to prevent worksite injuries. DuraLabel recommends adding arc flash labeling to your overall safety and visual communication program. Arc flash labeling does not eliminate the requirement for work permits, training and planning when working on energized equipment. Effective hazard communication improves personnel safety, plant productivity and efficiency.” Graphic Products, Inc., 1-888-326-9244 (U.S./Canada),…


OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.147: Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

August 30, 2022

Ranking: #6 Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers. Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing,…


Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

July 27, 2022

“The quality will remain long after the price is forgotten.” That’s a well-known quote from Henry Royce, co-founder of luxury car brand Rolls-Royce. It’s usually taken to mean that quality is worth paying for. But there’s another meaning: buying on price alone often ends with the disappointment of poor performance. It is this second meaning…


A+A 2023 Online Exhibitor Registration Open

June 22, 2022

Exhibitor applications for A+A 2023, International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work, are now available online. Hall planning for A+A 2023 will start on November 1. The event will be held from October 24 – 29, 2023 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. A special feature at A+A 2023 will again…


Ergodyne’s Aerial Bucket Series Takes Dangerously Confined Elevated Worksites Into a New Class of Safety, Organization and Efficiency

June 10, 2022

Ergodyne announced the launch of an all new Aerial Bucket Series designed specifically for safer, easier work in bucket trucks and elevated work platforms. The collection features a tool board and tool bag—each engineered with extensive worker feedback and boasting a multitude of pockets and ANSI-approved tethering points for securely storing and safely accessing tools in confined work…


OSHA’s LOTO Standard: Due for an Update

May 31, 2022

By: Maureen Paraventi A variance granted to a U.S. steel production company set the stage for what many in the occupational safety community hope will be a long-overdue revision of OSHA’s lockout/tagout (LOTO) standard. CFR-29 910.147, which is aimed at preventing equipment from releasing hazardous energy while someone is using it, hasn’t been changed in…


Intrinsically Safe Lighting in Explosive Environments

March 1, 2022

By: Derek Box, Contributor When your employees need portable lighting in order to accomplish their work tasks, it’s important to consider the safety of the lighting equipment they’ll be using – if the environment is potentially explosive. The danger is obvious in the petroleum and chemical processing industries, but many other industries can create explosive…


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