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CONN-OSHA Offers (Lockout/Tagout) Safety Class for Hazardous Energy Sources July 29

For immediate release
July 10, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will provide a safety course July 29, geared toward employees who repair machines or equipment and must use “Lockout/Tagout” procedures

Presenters at the training session, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Labor Department’s Wethersfield Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., will review required procedures and offer advice regarding best ways to ensure every detail of the job is done correctly and safely. 

“Being aware of the proper practices when using the “Lockout/Tagout” procedure is a necessity,” noted John Able, CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist, and coordinator of the program.  “The specific measures required to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities, is critical to the safety of any company and its workforce.”

“Compliance with the federal Lockout/Tagout standards prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year;” Able said. He noted that approximately three million workers in the United States provide repair and maintenance service to equipment each year, and face risk of injury if the “Lockout/Tagout” procedure is not properly implemented.  

“Federal OSHA requires that any person who works around energy systems such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic receive this training,” Able said. “CONN-OSHA’s two-hour course will help to satisfy these requirements in regard to anyone working in areas where Lockout programs are in place, and for those individuals performing the Lockout procedure and isolating an energy source.”  

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain additional information, please contact Able via email at able.john@dol.gov, or by phone, (860) 263-6902.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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