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Protecting Employees from Simultaneous Energized Equipment and Machine Hazards: How to Implement Effective Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding Programs

Protecting Employees from Simultaneous Energized Equipment and Machine Hazards: Effective Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding Programs

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Protecting Employees from Simultaneous Energized Equipment and Machine Hazards: How to Implement Effective Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding Programs

Live Webinar: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Join this webinar to learn how LOTO and machine guarding programs apply to your organization and how to develop them effectively to minimize possible accidents and violations.



Machine guarding and lockout/tagout standards are consistently on the list of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards. Both violations can occur with the same piece of machine or equipment, because it can be difficult to know when machine safeguards are not enough to protect workers and lockout/tagout is necessary. In general, machine guards protect workers during normal operations, and lockout/tagout is used during service and maintenance operations. But do you know if your machine safety program clearly differentiates between the duties of the machine operator for machine safeguarding and the servicing and maintenance duties of the authorized employee to perform lockout/tagout? Have you conducted the hazard assessments to identify the risks for machine operators during normal operations and also for employees conducting the servicing and maintenance operations of your machines and equipment?

It is a daunting task to establish and efficient and effective program to protect all workers and stay in compliance with machine guarding and lockout/tagout rules. But there are good established procedures and work practices to help you.

To find these risks and hazards, a careful assessment must be done that involves many different departments, including safety, maintenance, manufacturing, and human resources. It’s critical that this assessment is done thoroughly, in order to develop an effective program.

Join us on March 6 when Gary Visscher, a skilled attorney and safety professional, will provide an understanding of how to determine when and how LOTO and machine guarding regulations apply to your organization, where they interface, and how to best comply with requirements to minimize possible accidents and violations.

You’ll learn:

  • How to conduct a hazard or risk assessment for your machine operations
  • Basic types of machinery that require guarding as it relates to your organization
  • Common types of guards to be used
  • When lockout/tagout is required for your equipment and operations
  • How and when to apply the minor servicing exception that allows machine safeguarding and alternative measures that provide effective protection when servicing machines in place of lockout/tagout

About Your Presenter:

Gary VisscherGary Visscher
Lawyer, of Counsel
Law Office of Adele Abrams, P.C.

Gary Visscher is an attorney at the Law Offices of Adele Abrams, P.C. with extensive experience in government and in labor/employment and health and safety law and policy. Since December 2009, Mr. Visscher 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.

Prior to entering private law practice, he served in several senior level, health and safety-related positions in the federal government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSHA and appointments to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He also served as workplace policy counsel for the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to1999 and as Vice President of Employee Relations for the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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