Protect Workers and Reduce Downtime
Employers must provide control of hazardous energy sources to protect people performing work on their machinery, equipment or processes. Companies are required to implement lockout/tagout (LOTO) methods and procedures to prevent unexpected startup of the equipment or release of energy during servicing tasks.
Minor servicing activities may be suitable for alternative energy control methods that are as effective as LOTO and achieve acceptable risk. Safety in Automation (SiA) Strategies, a subsidiary of TEC Systems Group, works with companies to design alternative safety control systems that:
- Protect workers in affected areas of machinery.
- Lead to reduced downtime.
The prerequisites for deploying safe automated machines and systems are:
- Risks must be identified.
- Appropriate measures for minimizing risk need to be defined. – The measures’ effectiveness must be validated.