â€œThis is a key development in the occupational safety, health and environmental profession's ongoing efforts to help prevent accidents caused by the release of hazardous energy from machines, equipment or processes,â€ said Z244 ASC Chairman Ed Grund, P.E., CSP.
ASSE was approved by ANSI on January 26 as the new Z244 secretariat, held previously by the National Safety Council (NSC).
In addition, the newly revised Z244.1-2003 standard â€œControl of Hazardous Energy â€“ Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methodsâ€ will tentatively be published by ASSE on April 14, 2004. The revised standard covers lockout/tagout procedures and training, hazardous energy control programs, equipment design, engineering safeguards and alternative methods based on risk assessment for controlling hazardous energy. The Z244 standard was last revised 20 years ago.
ASSE will hold a technical conference call for ASSE members and non-members from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST on April 14 to discuss the major revisions in lockout/tagout requirements. For more information on the technical conference call or to order the standard contact ASSE Customer Service at (847) 699-2929 or visit www.asse.org.