OSHA’s minor servicing exception allows manufacturers to perform minor servicing activities on machinery if the activities are routine, repetitive, and integral to the use of equipment for production - provided that the work is performed using alternative measures that provide effective protection.
Considering that full LOTO can consume valuable production time costing tens of thousands of dollars in profits, it’s well worth understanding methods of providing protection for workers while reducing downtime.
Technologies include safe speed monitoring, zone control, and others.
However, making these changes requires changes to both engineering and worker procedures (compliance), changes to worker behaviors (culture), and use of new technologies (capital).
Innovation requires collaboration between different departments, and improvements in safety maturity.
When is the last time you heard of a big breakthrough in safety?
How long has it been since your organization has made a major change in its safety program?
Quite frankly, most safety programs either stifle or ignore the idea of innovation - but opportunities exist.
To learn more, download our free white paper, Design Your Safety System for Improved Uptime (PDF).
Co-authored by Steve Ludwig
Commercial Programs Manager, Safety, Rockwell Automation