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An accident can happen at any time, anywhere. Tips by the Printing Industries of America Experts

Posted Monday, December 29, 2014 by Jules VanSant.

As a member benefit, the following tips are provided to Printing Industries of America members exclusively through local affiliate publications.

alt textGary Jones, Assistant Vice President, Environmental, Health, and Safety, offers this tip on preventing workplace accidents.

An accident can happen at any time, anywhere.

What if there were measures to prevent accidents, due to working with production and other equipment, from occurring in the workplace?

You’re in luck, there are! OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard, published in 1989, when implemented, is designed to prevent injuries and deaths caused by inadvertent equipment during servicing and maintenance. Did you know OSHA estimates that about 120 deaths and 50,000 injuries are prevented every year because of compliance with lockout/tagout? While it may not be obvious, almost every production employee is practicing lockout/tagout every time they operate a piece of production equipment.

Since all employees who operate equipment use lockout/tagout every day, a complete and comprehensive lockout/tagout program, when properly employed, protects employees from serious physical hazards such as amputations, shocks, electrocution, pinching, crushing, cuts, abrasions, burns, and death.

Protecting employees from potential hazards must be a company-wide effort. Those employees who operate and service equipment are at the greatest risk of harm during the work day. However, all employees—and in some instances outside contractors—are affected by lockout/tagout, whether directly or indirectly. Following the lockout/tagout plan, along with constant communication between those employees working on equipment and those working around the area, is very important.

A well-designed lockout/tagout program helps to improve productivity in the workplace, prevent accidents, and help to reduce costs associated with equipment downtime.

For more information on how to set up a lockout/tagout program, contact your local PIA Affiliate or the EHS Affairs Department at Printing Industries of America at ehs@printing.org or (800) 910-4283 x794.

Printing Industries Resource:For information on any of the products or services mentioned and the discounts provided to members, contact Printing Industries of America at 412-741-6860 or info@printing.org. Information may also be found on www.printing.org.

Printing Industries’ members-only technical hotline is available to answer questions. Call 800-910-4283, ext. 786.