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Lockout/Tagout: Risk Assessments To Make Your Alternative Protective Measures Under The Minor Servicing Exception OSHA Compliant

Webinar: ID# 1026370
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About This Course:
OSHA’s standards on controlling hazardous energy through lockout/tagout (LOTO) are quite specific and stringent. Exceptions are few, but there are permissible options available if you understand the standard.

For instance, what’s commonly referred to as alternative protective measures (APMs) or the “minor servicing exception” (OSHA CFR 1910.147(a)(2)(ii)(B)) may apply to your equipment depending on the circumstances. APMs allow employees to access hazardous areas of the machine without performing traditional LOTO, so long as certain criteria are met.

To use APMs, the servicing activity must occur during normal production operations. In addition, the service must be routine, repetitive, and integral to the production process. Also, alternative safeguards must be installed to provide effective alternative protection.

To figure out if you meet the criteria for, it’s important to perform an energy hazard risk assessment to ensure that all potential energies have been identified and addressed. If you meet the criteria and have addressed all concerns, utilizing APMs may be to your advantage.

Join us on how to develop an overall strategy for assessing, selecting, developing, and implementing the best protective measures for their operations.

You’ll learn:
  • 3 specific criteria that must be met to determine applicability of the APMs
  • Facility servicing operations where APMs would be applicable
  • How to evaluate potential cost savings from a compliant APM program
  • When the requirements of the LOTO standard is applicable for an operation that is being evaluated for APMs
  • How to perform a thorough hazardous energy risk assessment for a typical process
  • How to develop a compliant APM process, where appropriate, as part of your control of hazardous energy program
  • Tips for implementing a compliant APM program including training and documentation
  • The potential benefit 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
Firm 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, that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation. Ms. Abrams also provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.
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