5 Steps to a Safe Lockout/Tagout Program

2 min read To “lockout” and “tagout” a machine before it gets serviced, designated workers are required to go through a set of safety precautions that assure the machine will not inadvertently cause harm or danger to the individuals servicing the machine. It is a way to control hazardous energy and in order to fully de-energize a machine it must be completely disconnected from its source of power (electricity, steam, gas, pneumatics or hydraulics) and go through a …

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What are engineering controls?

3 min read When attempting to improve workplace safety it is important to try to address every hazard that exists. In a typical facility there are many different potential dangers that need to be addressed. To make things even more complicated, there are often a wide range of different ways that they can be addressed. To help employers come up with the best solutions to potential hazards in the workplace, the hierarchy of controls was developed. The hierarchy …

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Understanding Kanban vs. SCRUM

3 min read When it comes to improving production and reducing waste in the workplace, Kanban and SCRUM are two very popular strategies. They are very similar, and many people even think that they have so much in common that they both shouldn’t be used at the same time. While in most facilities only one of them will be used for a given situation, it is very possible to implement both of these options to try to get …

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