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OSHA-Compliant Alternative LOTO Measures: How To Protect Workers While Avoiding Production Downtime

Webinar: ID# 1025071
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About This Course:
Controlling hazardous energy through lockout/tagout (LOTO) is a high priority for OSHA, especially given LOTO’s consistent placement on the federal agency’s annual top 10 list of most cited violations. The numbers don’t lie, in 2016 the most popular violations included deficient energy control procedures (644 violations) and incomplete or outdated programs (440 violations).

There are a few instances where exceptions to the prescribed LOTO procedures will apply, but only if appropriate alternative protective measures (APM) are implemented.

To use APMs, you must meet specific criteria concerning when the servicing activity occurs, the nature of the service, and the installation of alternative protections. For instance, you might be able to take advantage of what’s commonly referred to as the “minor servicing exception” (OSHA CFR 1910.147(a)(2)(ii)(B).

The first step towards understanding whether you meet the established criteria is to perform an energy hazard risk assessment to ensure that all potential hazardous energy sources have been identified and addressed. If you meet the criteria and have addressed all concerns, then APMs may be to your advantage.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on how to evaluate, select, and implement the right APMs for your operations to ensure worker safety while avoiding production downtime.

You’ll learn:
  • 3 specific criteria that must be met to determine applicability of the alternative protective measures
  • When APMs are applicable to servicing operations
  • How a compliant APM program can cut costs
  • When LOTO standard requirements apply for an operation that is being evaluated for APMs
  • Pointers on performing a thorough hazardous energy risk assessment for a typical process
  • How to implement a compliant APM program including training and documentation
  • The potential benefits of following national consensus standards ANSI/ASSE Z244.1-2016 and ANSI B11.19-1990, as you develop a compliant APM program
About Your Presenter:

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a multi-attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Colorado and West Virginia. She represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and she provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. Ms. Abrams is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. She is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.

Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
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