When attempting to establish policies and procedures for lockout tagout, it is important to consider a number of things. First, you need to consult OSHA Standard 1910.147, which is the standard which governs lockout tagout requirements. Next, you need to consider the machinery, layout, and affected personnel at the facility for which you are creating the lockout tagout policies and procedures. Finally, you need to consider what future updates or changes may need to be made to the lockout tagout policies and procedures – you do not want to create something that is not going to be malleable with your company’s future needs.
To create these plans, many companies hire third party lockout tagout auditing firms to help. Standard 1910.147 is extremely complicated and technical, and can very easily be misinterpreted. Unfortunately, hiring third party lockout tagout auditing firms to assist in this process can be very expensive, and the ongoing maintenance and review can be extremely costly.
But so is the cost associated with an OSHA finding. Or worse, a settlement with an injured employee. So when Macomb Heating and Cooling determined how to create policies and procedures for lockout tagout, it was important for them to consider both the short and long term costs. Fortunately, there is now a product which offers the peace of mind of utilizing a third party lockout tagout auditing firm with the control of self-monitoring and none of the inflated costs.
Our Factory Solutions Software is a web-based program which allows you to upload your lockout tagout policies and procedures, or choose them from our extensive online library, then update and monitor them from anywhere the internet is available. It is reviewed by us, a leading lockout tagout auditing firm, but controlled by you. It is truly the best of both worlds.
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