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

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

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

Live Webinar: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to assess, select, develop, and implement alternative protective measures under the minor servicing exception to LOTO compliance requirements.



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 November 29 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:

Gary Visscher, Esq.

Gary Visscher, Esq.
Of Counsel
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Gary Visscher is an attorney with extensive experience in government and in labor/employment and health and safety law and policy.

Since December 2009, Gary has been Of Counsel for the Law Office of Adele Abrams, P.C., a Maryland-based law practice with a focus on labor and employment law and a national practice in workplace safety (OSHA and MSHA) compliance, regulation and enforcement.

Gary is also adjunct professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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