By Stephen M. Kelley, CHMM, CSP
OSHA's Lockout/Tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147, Control of Hazardous Energy) can be a cumbersome and confusing regulation. Lockout/Tagout: A Practical Approach translates the standard into understandable language and presents information that will be valuable to beginning safety practitioners as well as seasoned professionals.
Kelley covers a multitude of operations and activities, and even addresses those not typically covered in educational materials on lockout/tagout, such as automotive repair. The book reviews all aspects of energy control and thoroughly describes the many types of energy sources found in the workplace.
Accompanied by strong visuals, graphics and valuable appendices, the book provides a detailed overview of what is required by regulations and outlines how to develop an effective lockout/tagout program, including a written plan, employee training and inspections. The appropriately titled final chapter, "Beyond Compliance," gets the reader to consider what extra steps can be taken to keep a company's lockout/tagout program ahead of the game.
Safety professionals have a responsibility to know the standard and its requirements-knowledge and enforcement can reduce injuries and saves lives. By the time you've finished reading this book, you will not only be well-versed on the subject, you will actually be comfortable with it.
Kevin Biernacki, CSP