For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
New Lockout/Tagout Construction Safety Standard Focus of American Society of Safety Engineers' Conference Call
Des Plaines, IL (December 6, 2006) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a technical conference call on December 13th to address the issue of Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) for demolition and construction operations through a discussion of the newly approved American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A10.44 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations Standard.

Statistics indicate that millions of workers nationwide are at risk of injury from equipment, machinery or processes that do not implement proper LOTO procedures. The new A10.44 standard recognizes the need for protection of personnel and property from injury due to unexpected start-up or release of stored energy from equipment, system/process or induced energy during repair, maintenance, operation, installation and other activities involving machines or equipment. The ANSI 10.44-2006 standard is one of a series of standards that focus on construction and demolition operations.

ASSE Professional Member and Vice-Chair of the A10.44 Subgroup, Jim Lapping, CSP, PE, MS will lead the conference call and discuss the history of the A10.44 project and why it was launched; review the contents and requirements of the standard; address how regulatory agencies can use voluntary national consensus standards such as A10.44; and address key issues and differences with the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 General Industry LOTO Standard due to questions about how the two standards work together.

Lapping is the senior safety engineer at Jacobs Engineering and is a highly regarded and respected safety professional. He has served on the ANSI Board of Directors, as past chairman of the ANSI Executive Standards Council and as vice chairman of the ANSI Safety and Health Standards Board. Lapping also served as director of the elevator safety division at the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall, vice president and director safety, health and environment for EEI Holding Corporation/Power Maintenance and Constructors and as special assistant for construction and engineering for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Lapping earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Oregon.

Registrants will have access to the audio conference, a PowerPoint presentation, resource materials, articles and will receive a compact disk recording of the call. To register for the audio conference contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or visit the ASSE website.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.
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