Any good safety team will continually monitor and update occupational safety and health policies and procedures as needed. And while most will almost never need to be updated, there are occasions when updates will be needed, and should be uncovered during standard monitoring practices. Some areas of occupational safety and health, however, require more monitoring than others. These areas may be under scrutiny from national agencies like OSHA, and as such likely to have federal mandates updated, or these areas may simply be subject to change frequently from day-to-day business updates and growth.
Lockout tagout is one area that fits into the latter category. It is governed by OSHA Standard 1910.147, which is, in and of itself a difficult standard to properly account for. But beyond that, it is also a standard which is very specific and covers a multitude of moving parts. As such, lockout tagout policies and procedures need to be reviewed frequently, otherwise, there is a risk of falling out of compliance. Lockout tagout policies and procedures are impacted by changes to personnel, machinery, plant layout, machinery layout, and facility location, so anytime there is a change to any of those things, there could be a need to change the lockout tagout policies and procedures.
Because of the workload, this can create, many companies hire third party lockout tagout auditing firms to perform the monitoring and updating services. This can get expensive, however, and can lead to issues down the road if anything happens to the company, or your relationship with the company, as they control the lockout tagout procedures.
Fortunately, there is now an alternative that gives the control of self-monitoring with the accuracy and peace of mind of third party services. Our Software is an online tool that allows you to create, update, and review your lockout tagout policies and procedures in real time. It is fully customizable, fully scalable, and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. It is overseen by a leading lockout tagout auditing firm, so you have the peace of mind of a third party firm while maintaining control and costs.
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