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On May 17, 2019, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a trade release requesting information on a possible update to the standard for Control of Hazardous Energy. OSHA is seeking input regarding the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as new technologies such as robotics.

OSHA is reviewing whether to initiate rulemaking to revise its control of hazardous energy standard for general industry. The goal with this Request for Information (RFI) is to obtain public comment and input on the modernization of the control of hazardous energy standard without compromising worker safety.

OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been using control circuit devices. This includes:

  • Limitations of their use, to determine under what other conditions control circuit-type devices could be used safely.
  • Information about the types of circuitry and safety procedures being used by companies currently.
  • What are the new risks of workers being exposed to hazardous energy as a result of increased interaction with robots.
  • Should OSHA consider adaptations to the standard that would address these new risks.

Published in 1989, the current hazardous energy standard states that all sources of energy be controlled during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment using an energy-isolating device, and specifies that control circuit devices cannot be used as energy-isolating devices. It is now becoming clear that recent advances in technology may have resulted in improvements to the safety of control circuit-type devices.

Companies wishing to comment must do so before 18th of August, 2019, comments can be submitted electronically through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

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IMEC’s Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions allow a LOTO procedure to be defined for each piece of equipment that requires LOTO to be managed within the system. Equipment can be managed from both Mobile and Web App. Isolation points for the each piece of equipment are managed, images associated with both the piece of equipment and isolation points can be annotated to include energy source icon, arrows, sequence etc. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures can be authored using the Mobile App with version control and with an approval workflow. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures are executed using the Mobile App on any Smart Phone or Tablet. Lockout Tagout procedures are initiated by the user identifying the piece of equipment by either scanning QR Code or selecting the piece of equipment from a list. A complete history of completed Lockout Tagout Procedures is recorded. The status for the piece of equipment can be updated after LOTO is complete – Locked / Unlocked. An Audit option on the Mobile App allows a procedure to be reviewed without performing LOTO on the piece of equipment. Corrective Actions can be created for any Non-conformances or changes required recorded during the Procedure Review. Data Analytics within the IMEC Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions provide machine downtime analysis to aid in operational efficiency and investment decisions.

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