Equipment Safety Tips Offered in New ASSE Publication

A new book from ASSE focuses on the development and application of a comprehensive energy control program.

How to develop and apply a comprehensive energy control program to reduce injuries from high-energy equipment is the focus of a new book recently released by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Lockout/Tagout: A Practical Approach, by Stephen M. Kelley, CSP, CHMM, serves as a practical handbook for dealing with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standard 1910.147 Control of Hazardous Energy, which requires that high-energy equipment be de-energized when workers are present. Lockout/Tagout is the procedure of identifying and locking circuits, systems or items of equipment to prevent possible accidents from this equipment during maintenance and service.

The book covers the preparation, application and removal of a Lockout/Tagout procedure as well as group Lockout/Tagout, employee training and energy control. It also provides Lockout/Tagout checklists, sample programs and case studies.

Kelley is a corporate environmental, health and safety engineer for Ionics Inc. in Watertown, MA, where he administers safety and environmental management systems for 1,700 employees in 90 facilities around the world. He is a professional member of ASSE and a member of the Engineering, International and Environmental Practice Specialties.

To order Lockout/Tagout: A Practical Approach, call 847-699-2929 or visit ASSE's Web site at

edited by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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