For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
American Society of Safety Engineers Announce New Construction Safety Standard
Des Plaines, IL (September 19, 2006) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the newly revised American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A10.44-2006 standard. The standard, Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations , 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.

ANSI 10.44-2006 standard is one of a series of standards that focus on construction and demolition operations. It was approved by ANSI on August 29, 2006. The latest version of the standard establishes the minimum requirements needed to control and prevent the release of energy sources that could cause injury or illness to workers performing construction and demolition work.

ASSE serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on construction and demolition operations. The A10 standards serve as a guide to contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry.

The A10.44 Subcommittee Chair, James Brown, and ASSE professional member, stated, "The A10.44 standard is integral in providing safety requirements for the protection of individuals working in, on or around machines or equipment that may release energy unexpectedly, causing injury or illness."

The A10.44-2006 standard, Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations , will be available soon in both print and electronic format. For more information, contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or visit ASSE's website.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who 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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