LOTO Safety: The 6 Steps of Lockout/Tagout

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LOTO stands for lockout/tagout. When done properly before equipment service or maintenance, lockout/tagout procedures control hazardous energy and protect workers from harm.

In this article, we’ll look at the basics of lockout/tagout and LOTO safety. This will include some basic definitions, relevant OSHA regulations and informational resources, and steps to follow when performing lockout.

In addition to this article, you may find some of our other LOTO articles and resources instructive and even fun. These include:


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Additional Mining Safety Training Topics for MSHA Part 46’s Annual Refresher Training Program–30 CFR 46.8(c)

MSHA Part 46 mandates safety training requirements at surface mines. For more specifics about that, please read our What Is MSHA Part 46? article (a quick side-note: we’ll include a lot of other helpful links to MSHA Part 46-related materials at the end of this article).

Within Part 46, MSHA requires different types of mining safety training to be delivered to different types of miners and employees and at different times. MSHA and Part 46 call these requirements “training programs,” and here are the ones MSHA lists:

  • New Miner Training (46.5)
  • Newly Hired Experience Miner Training (46.6)
  • New Task Training (46.7)
  • Annual Refresher Training (46.8)
  • Site-Specific Hazard Awareness Training (46.11)

It’s the Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Program for surface miners that we’re going to look at more closely in this article.

In 46.8, the regulation states that the annual refresher safety training must include “instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner’s health or safety.” In addition to that, however, the regulation says that “refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine.”

Although MSHA doesn’t require specific training topics for those “other health and safety subjects…relevant to mining operations at the mine,” they do provide a list of suggestions or possibilities.

This article will provide more details about those suggestions from MSHA for additional training to include in the Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Program in addition to changes at the mine.

As we give suggestions below, we’ll include some samples of online training for each topic. These samples are drawn from the online MSHA training courses offered by Convergence Training. A short sample highlight video is below.

If you’re interested, we’ve got a single web page where you can purchase, view, and complete the courses that are sampled above and that we’re showing below for MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher Training and MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training.

And don’t forget to download our free Guide to MSHA Training Requirements at the bottom of this article.


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Come See Us at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, November 1-3, 2017, Birmingham, AL

If you’re going to be at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference in lovely Birmingham, Alabama this week, we invite you to come to our booth, say hello, and learn about our solutions for mining safety training and MSHA Part 46 compliance.

We’re in Booth 23 and would love to meet you.

While we’re there, we’ll be showing our award-winning solutions for mining safety training. Which awards, you ask? How about these for starters:

Not bad, huh?

For more information, check out these links:

The short video below explains our MSHA Part 46 compliance solution, including online courses and an LMS for managing training and creating all Part 46-required documentation, in more detail.

See you in Birmingham! And don’t forget to download the free guide below, too.


Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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Paper Machine Hazards

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A paper manufacturing facility has many hazards that must be considered in order to create a safe, healthy work environment.

In this article, we’ll point out quite a few of the general types of hazards that are common in paper manufacturing. Many of the images we’ll show come from our Online Paper Machine General Safety online course. We’ll start with a quick sample from that course.


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Warehouse Safety Tips

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Warehouse safety sometimes gets ignored, perhaps on the assumption that it’s part of “safety” in general. But warehouses have specific and  unique safety hazards, and as a result it’s worth looking at those in more detail and on their own.

We’ll take a look at some warehouse hazards and safety tips in this article.

If you work in a warehouse, please use the comments section below to share your own experiences. What are some hazards you see at work? What are your own safety tips? What kind of safety training for warehouses do you recommend?


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MSHA TRAM 2017: A Look Back


We’re just back from the 2017 MSHA TRAM conference at the National Mine and Health Safety Academy in Beaver, WV and thought we’d give an overview of some of the presentations we attended and some of the things we learned.

We also figured we’d show you some pictures of our trip–not everyone gets out to West Virginia or the Mine and Health Safety Academy every day (or ever).

While we were there we gave two presentations of our own: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies. We’d like to thank those who attended those sessions and helped to contribute to the discussion in each. Those links in this paragraph provide some more related information about each of those presentations, including a related recorded on-demand webinar, helpful links, and free downloadable guides.

Below, we’ll tell you more about some of the other presentations we attended.


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What To Expect from an OSHA PSM Investigation

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OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation, also known as PSM, sets specific requirements for employers who use highly hazardous chemicals at the workplace.

And because these highly hazardous chemicals can lead to catastrophic events, OSHA takes the PSM regulation very seriously. Part of that seriousness includes rigorous PSM inspections at work areas covered by the PSM regulation.

Not so long ago, we sat in on a conference presentation about PSM inspections from Brandi Davis of Oregon OSHA. Ms. Davis is a Senior Health Compliance Officer (and Industrial Hygienist) with Oregon OSHA who performs PSM inspections and she’s been kind enough to talk with us about what to expect during an OSHA PSM inspection. So if you’re curious about this, go right ahead and read the rest of the article.

Also, please know we’ve included a free PSM compliance checklist for you at the bottom of this article in addition to the tips from the OSHA PSM inspector.


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How to Create Better Workforce Development Training

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Workforce development is essential for businesses and other organizations in today’s economy. And while there are many aspects to great workforce development, starting with successful onboarding of new employees, workforce development training is a key part of the effort as well.

Yet many organizations don’t have an expertise in training development, and aren’t familiar with the nuts and bolts of how to go about it.

In this article, we’ll give you a simple blueprint to follow when developing workforce development training. Following these steps will get you far, and once you’ve got this down you can learn more and further refine your workforce development training as well as other aspects of your workforce development efforts.


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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies

At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies for Mining. It includes some additional helpful information that may help you learn about this brave new frontier.

We have a similar supporting blog post for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions as well. You’ll see there’s some cross-over between the two presentations.


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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Evaluating Online Mining Safety Training Solutions

At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining. It includes a recorded, on-demand webinar that covers much of the same ground I will cover/covered at MSHA TRAM, links to some additional helpful resources, a free guide about Online MSHA Compliance, a BONUS SECOND webinar on MSHA Part 46, and more.

There’s a second supporting blog post for the Current and Future Training Technologies presentation that you may also find interesting.


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Recorded Webinar: MSHA Part 46, New Miner Training, and Annual Refresher Training

We recently held a live webinar on some aspects of MSHA Part 46.

In particular, the webinar gave some information on:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players (Responsible Person, Competent Person, Miner, & Miner/Contractor)
  • Main Types of Training (New Miner & Annual Refresher)
  • Compliant Methods of Training (and whether online training is allowed)
  • Types of Compliant Documents (Training Plan, 5000-23, and 5000-23 equivalents)

You can listen to a free, recorded version of the Understanding Key Parts of MSHA Part 46 webinar at our Webinars page, plus we’ve got some additional MSHA-related materials for you further below.


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How to Prepare an Incident Investigation Kit

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Incident investigations are an important part of your overall workplace safety and health management efforts.

But for an incident investigation to go well, allowing you to correctly determine its root cause(s), implement corrective actions, and avoid similar incidents in the future, you’re going to want to be prepared before an incident occurs.

One aspect of that preparation is simply knowing what an incident investigation is and how to conduct an incident investigation. It makes sense to start at the beginning, right?

But drilling down a little deeper, it pays to have a prepared incident investigation kit that’s fully packed and ready to go when an incident occurs. You won’t have to scramble around wasting time to find stuff, and you won’t have to worry about not having something important in the middle of the investigation.

In this article, we’ll help you get that incident investigation kit ready before you need it when the next incident at work puts you into incident investigation mode.

Also, please know we’ve got a FREE GUIDE TO INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS that you can download at the link you just passed or by clicking the button at the bottom of this article. 


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