MILWAUKEE, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day millions of workers who routinely service or operate machinery face serious and life-threatening injuries because their employers do not have effective lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures in place to control hazardous energy. As part of its ongoing commitment to empower organizations to create safer work environments and comply with OSHA standards, The Master Lock Company today is announcing new safety solutions at the ASSE Safety 2017 trade show.
Lockout-related injuries are preventable and The Master Lock Company has been at the forefront of developing products and services that keep workers safe. Recently, The Master Lock Company's Todd Grover, Global Senior Manager of Applied Safety Solutions, was a committee member of the new ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard: Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods – a best-practices approach to controlling hazardous energy.
"We estimate 30 percent of companies do not have a lockout strategy in place, even though LOTO violations annually rank among the top ten most frequently cited standards by OSHA," said Grover. "Many companies incorrectly believe LOTO procedures will negatively impact operations but that's not true. Organizations that follow best-practice approaches from the ANSI/ASSE standard can protect workers while actually increasing productivity – a win-win for everyone involved."
Grover will present highlights of the new standard at an ASSE Safety 2017 breakout session on June 20 from 10:45-11:45 a.m.
At the show, The Master Lock Company is featuring new and recently introduced safety solutions, including:
- New Retractable Cable Lockout Devices – The highly versatile Retractable Cable Lockout Devices allow employees to address challenging lockout situations, including gate valve and electrical applications. The devices feature nine-foot, adjustable cables to provide employees with ample length to lockout multiple energy-control mechanisms with a single device. Available now in two unique models suited for electrical or general applications.
- Group Lock Boxes with Window – Master Lock's Group Lock Boxes with Window provide an enhanced solution for group lockout projects spanning daily maintenance to complex turnarounds. Designed to withstand the toughest environments, the lock boxes are made from 430-grade stainless steel and feature a clear, impact-resistant window so workers can see and rest assured knowing keys are secured inside the box during group lockout. Available to ship now in three models.
- New Alternative Methods to Lockout Service and Training – The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 standard provides expanded guidance on alternative methods to lockout when it's not possible or practical to fully shut down machinery. When full lockout is reasonably determined and documented not to be practical, procedures using alternative methods can provide a level of worker protection that is essentially equivalent to a zero-energy condition. OSHA recognizes alternative methods as exceptions. The Master Lock Company now offers Alternative Methods consulting services, which include on-site evaluation services and in-person training for the development of alternative methods.
- New Machine-Guarding Assessment – Insufficient machine guarding is a leading cause of workplace injuries and The Master Lock Company recently expanded its Professional Lockout Services to include Machine-Guarding Assessments. Performed as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with other lockout services, this assessment helps companies prevent accidents, improve job efficiencies and ensure compliance with the latest machine-guarding regulations.
"For nearly 100 years, The Master Lock Company has been a leader in safety and security," said Matt Dudgeon, Director of Product Marketing. "Innovative products such as our new Retractable Cable Lockout Devices and Professional Lockout Services exemplify our commitment to helping companies of all sizes protect their workers and comply with OSHA."
Engage with The Master Lock Company at ASSE Safety 2017
The Master Lock Company's Kina Repp, who lost her arm in an industrial accidental, will share her moving story and highlight the importance of workplace safety at ASSE Safety 2017 in "Safety Beyond" in a breakout session on June 21 from 3-4:15 p.m., and throughout the show at the company's booth.
The Master Lock Company will offer hands-on demonstrations of the Retractable Cable Lockout Devices and Group Lock Boxes with Window as well as discuss its Professional Lockout Services at ASSE booth #1131 from June 19-22, in Denver, Colorado.
About The Master Lock Company
The Master Lock Company is recognized around the world as the authentic, enduring name in padlocks and security products. Master Lock Company offers a broad range of innovative security and safety solutions for consumer, commercial, and industrial end-users. Master Lock Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information about Master Lock visit www.masterlock.com.
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