You’re busy with day to day operations, you have a team to manage, production goals to maintain and you’re shorthanded. The last thing you need to worry about is making sure your lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures are up to date, they’ve been audited, and your team understands and knows how to use them. Let’s face it, your current lockout tagout program is out of site and out of mind to you and your employees – until you need it!
Each year LOTO is one of OSHA’s most violated standards and is among the most expensive citations. You may have been in compliance before, but procedures and labels weren’t updated during machine upgrades or line expansions causing you to fall out of compliance. In many facilities, authorized and affected employees, are not engaged in the LOTO program. Annual audits are often misunderstood and not completed. Additionally, campuses with multiple facilities are not using uniform or standardized LOTO procedures creating confusion and making it harder to track performance.
So, you might be asking, “how can I improve my LOTO program?” My answer – digitize it. Gone are the days of binders and LOTO logbooks. Modernizing your LOTO program with Rockwell Automation’s ScanESC software makes your program easily accessible for you and your team. Using QR codes, employees can bring up procedures on any Windows, Android or iOS device. ScanESC creates interactive, step-by-step procedures so steps aren’t missed and it reduces the time needed per activity. Not only do you have better access to procedures, you can push out updates or procedure changes to your team immediately. The QR Code reduces the need to change labels, while allowing you to remain up to date and compliant.
Aside from procedures, ScanESC provides valuable data that your current LOTO is most likely missing such as tracking LOTO usage, audits and training. This data allows management to see trends and where improvements can be made at a single facility and across your organization. Having quick access to procedures and safety data will better engage your team and help reduce hazardous energy incidents.
Modernizing your LOTO program with ScanESC can improve worker safety, streamline compliance and improve overall productivity. This LOTO digital transformation does not have to be done on your own. Rumsey and Rockwell Automation can help you digitize assets and update all, or a portion of, any new procedures for standardization. Additionally, we can provide LOTO training to authorized and affected employees and perform annual LOTO audits. We’re here to help you be safe AND stay updated at the same time! If you want to see how ScanESC can help you or need assistance with your lockout/tagout program reach out to your Rumsey Account Manager or specialist team member.