Lockout tagout policies and procedures can be painstakingly difficult to create and even more difficult to properly audit and maintain. This partially comes from the OSHA standard which governs lockout tagout, OSHA Standard 1910.147, and it partially comes from the unique and constantly changing nature of lockout tagout. Because of this, it is absolutely a necessity to frequently review lockout tagout policies and procedures to ensure they are current and effective, otherwise you risk putting your employees at risk of serious injuries or even death from lockout tagout hazards, and you risk putting your business at risk of hefty fines from OSHA should you go through an inspection.
To ensure frequent and continuous reviews of the lockout tagout policies and procedures, some companies hire third party lockout tagout auditing firms to assist. These firms, while very effective, can be costly, and can still leave gaps in coverage between official audits. So some other companies manage their lockout tagout policies and procedures in-house. And while this may be more cost effective and allow for more on-the-spot updates, it also requires the safety team to have very deep knowledge of lockout tagout, which simply isn’t the case for many businesses. And since every time there is a change to personnel, machinery, facility layout, or facility location there could be a need to update lockout tagout policies and procedures, it is important to have an effective plan in place.
Fortunately, there is now a solution which gives the protection of a third party auditing firm with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of self-management. Our Factory Solutions Software is a web-based solution which allows you to track, monitor, and update your lockout tagout policies and procedures in real time from anywhere there is an internet connection. It is overseen by a leading third party lockout tagout auditing firm but is still managed by you.
If you have any questions about reviewing lockout tagout policies and procedures or about our Factory Solutions Software, please contact us. If you have anything to add about the importance of regularly reviewing lockout tagout policies and procedures, please leave a comment.