The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has defined best practices for the control of hazardous energy sources in machinery since 1982. The pending revision of the ANSI Z244.1 Standard titled The Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods, due later this year, outlines state-of-the-art methodology to enhance the fundamental safety practice of Lockout and offer better protection to people performing potentially hazardous work on machinery, equipment or processes.
The ANSI revisions focus on determining the right thing to do to keep workers from harm based on the current knowledge available to us and provide improved personal safety. Using plain language, the Standard describes how to accomplish a range of superior energy control practices that can adapt to a wide range of industries.
Key areas of expanded or new content in the 2016 revision address: the design of machinery/equipment to control hazardous energy, clarifying hazardous energy control procedures and isolation methods, and a much expanded section on the use of Alternative Methods in place of Lockout.
- Risk assessment documentation practices
- Latest methods for Alternative practices when lockout cannot be applied.
- Innovative group lockout techniques
- Industry-specific practices and solution sets