Guide Focuses on Hazardous Energy Control in Manufacturing
The National Occupational Research Agenda Manufacturing Sector Council has created a resource guide intended to help companies start a hazardous energy control program or improve and maintain their existing program. According to NORA, components of a successful hazardous energy control program include energy control procedures, employee training, auditing or periodic inspections, and equipment that will accommodate lockout procedures. The guide includes sample materials and templates to help with implementation of the minimum required elements for a successful program. The templates can be customized with images, text, and data to fit the needs of specific facilities. The guide also provides customizable sample written programs with different complexity levels. According to the NORA Manufacturing Council, more than 15 million workers in manufacturing are at risk for hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic injuries, and hazardous chemical exposures. More information on the council, including its research agenda, is available on the NORA website.