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OSHA RFI for Control of Hazardous Energy

OSHA issued a RFI for control of hazardous energy as regulated under LOTO.  They are seeking info regarding two areas where modernizing the standard might better promote safety in the areas of control circuit type devices and robotics.  The current standard specifies that Energy Isolating Devices (EID’s) be used to when doing maintenance on a machine. The definition of and EID does not include push buttons, selector switches and other control circuit type devices. Now OSHA recognizes that there have been advancements in these devices that may make them acceptable.  Also in the area of robotics there may be need for some changes in the standard based on advancements. It doesn’t seem to me that this will affect our industry but wanted to pass it along. - Steve Savon


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