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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Issued a request for information (RFI) on the lockout/tagout controls of hazardous energy via the Federal Register. OSHA is seeking to modernize lockout/tagout standards to better protect workers from the dangers of hazardous energy without creating additional burdens for employers. According to the agency, technological advances since the current standard was issued in 1989, suggest that, at least in some circumstances, circuit-type devises could be safety used to control hazardous energy stored in machines during servicing and maintenance.
NAFEM is seeking member input to determine how to respond to the RFI in conjunction with NAM by the Aug. 19 deadline. To submit your thoughts, contact Charlie Souhrada by Aug. 12.