Examine the current consensus thinking regarding the control of hazardous energy. The revised Z244 standard presents requirements for controlling hazardous energy through three different approaches: lockout (the primary approach), tagout and alternative methods. Review the standard's principal content, including responsibilities, design, program, procedures, training, auditing, control elements and alternative methods. Discuss example scenarios that may require alternative methods rather than conventional lockout, as well as the criteria for evaluating alternative methods and determining their effectiveness based on risk assessment.
- Describe the evolution of the Z244.1 and A10.44 standards and their relationship to OSHA 1910.147 and 1926
- Understand the structure and content of the Z244.1 and A10.44 standards
- Explain the basis for auditing the effectiveness of lockout, tagout and alternative methods
- Identify when alternative methods may be the preferred choice for energy control instead of conventional lockout or tagout
- Describe criteria for evaluating alternative methods
- Summarize the variations between Z244.1, A10.44 and OSHA 1910.147
- Recognize the role of advanced control technology in the control of hazardous energy
Resources: The following two National Standards are included:
ANSI/ASSP Z244.1-2016 The Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods. This standard establishes requirements for the control of hazardous energy associated with machines, equipment or processes that could cause harm to personnel.
ANSI/ASSP A10.44-2014 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations. This standard establishes the minimum requirements for the control of energy sources to prevent release of harmful energy that could cause death, injury or illness to personnel performing construction and demolition work.
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Michael Serpe, CSP, BSEM is President and founder of SafetyFirstna, Inc. a Chicago-based Environmental, Health and Safety and health consultancy firm. Mr. Serpe received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Michael Serpe is a Certified Safety Professional. Formerly, Mr. Serpe was the Corporate Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Klein Tools, Incorporated. Mike is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Society of Testing and Materials. Mr. Serpe is the Chairperson for ANSI, the American National Standards Institute Standard A10.44 – Lockout/Tagout for the Construction Industry. Mr. Serpe provides consulting and training to and for municipalities, government agencies, educational institutions, and private and public companies. SafetyFirstna, Inc. provides companies help with OSHA, DOT and EPA compliance, by providing customized OSHA & EHS training including specializing in company-customized training which includes specific companies policies, procedures, equipment and personnel; in addition to OSHA-Style Audits, customized written Company EHS policies, procedures and program implementation.
Todd Grover is the Global Senior Manager for Master Lock’s Professional Services Group. With over 30 years of experience as an EHS Manager, consultant and college educator, he has been a frequent presenter at national and international safety conventions, national webinars and authored numerous articles in major safety and health publications. Todd has worked with a wide range of industries to prepare detailed safety and health policies and procedures, developed company-specific compliance training, and taken part in numerous OSHA citation mitigation actions. He has worked with Control of Hazardous Energy-Lock out Tag out since the inception of the OSHA 1910.147 standard and is currently a participating member of, The ANSI Z244.1 (2016) Standard for Control of Hazardous Energy, The ANSI Z10 Safety Management Standard, and The U.S. delegation to the ISO 45001 Global Standard for Occupational Health and Safety.
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