Kevin Ian Schmidt

Category Archives: Safety

Lock-out Tag-out Training Expanded

A lockout/tagout program requires specific training for employees performing the procedure, and as part of that training employees need to be certified for performing LOTO. Once the training deck is presented by a competent person to employees, either in a 1-on-1 training or in a classroom environment, they should go out and perform a lockout/tagout […]

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LOTO Lock Removal Documentation

As part of a Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) program, there needs to be a process to safely remove lockout devices from equipment without the employee present. It is not safe to simply remove a lock from equipment that is locked out without following a documented procedure. In the event of an abandoned lock every avenue must be […]

Control of Hazardous Energy Program

A control of hazardous energy program is very important for workplace safety, and is often overlooked in many workplaces. Many workplaces think they are exempt from the OSHA standards of controlling hazardous energy. Control of Hazardous Energy, often just called Lockout/Tagout (LOTO), is the #5 most common cited OSHA violation. While often misunderstood, or misapplied, […]

Control of Hazardous Energy Procedures and Policy

There is no national data available on the number of workers killed each year by contact with uncontrolled hazardous energy. However, during the period between 1982 through 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH) investigated 1281 fatal accidents as a part of its Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program, (FACE). The FACE program was […]

Who and Where does OSHA Regulate?

OSHA standards are: rules that describe the methods employers must use to protect employees from hazards designed to protect workers from a wide range of hazards OSHA writes standards (also called “rules”) for four industrial groups: general industry, construction, maritime, and agriculture. Where there are no specific standards, employers must comply with the General Duty […]

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Sample Accident Investigation Policy

Workplace accidents cost companies approx $1 billion weekly in direct worker’s compensation costs, with an estimated $3 billion weekly in indirect costs!   A quality accident investigation program can reduce workplace injuries by properly identifying hazards that have caused an injury, and taking appropriate actions to eliminate those workplace hazards.     So what does […]

Incident Investigation Training – Beginners

Part of a quality incident investigation program is properly training for those tasked with investigating after an accident. This training is geared for beginners, to get a foundation in incident investigation techniques. As skills grow I haveĀ  more advancedĀ  investigation trainings available. This training covers fundamentals of incident investigation such as: the importance of root […]