Lockout/Tagout in Greensboro, NC
Though Greensboro is only the third largest city in the state of North Carolina, it is a major center for economic growth and development in the state and region. The city of Greensboro’s location at the center of three major interstate highways makes it an ideal location for the shipping and trucking industries and subsequently for many other industries as well. Though traditionally centered around textiles, tobacco, and furniture, Greensboro’s economy has diversified intensely in the last few years to accommodate businesses in the nano-tech and high-tech sectors. Some notable companies with headquarters in Greensboro include Honda Aircraft, Lorillard Tobacco, Kayser-Roth, Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, RF Micro Devices, International Textile Group among many others. With such an influential and diverse economy spanning across many different industries, the safety and health of employees in the workplace is a major concern for the state of North Carolina and all of the businesses that operate with it.
North Carolina has chosen to create and manage its own state program under the North Carolina Department of Labor (NDOL) and is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of workers across the entire state. The NDOL is divided into three divisions: Administration, Occupational Safety and Health, and Standards and Inspections. All industries in the public and private sector, excluding federal employers and employees, must follow comply with NDOL standards. Though the state has chosen to manage its own occupational safety and health program, many of the standards and regulations mirror those of the Federal OSHA, including 29 CFR 1910.147, the Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout-tagout).
In order to achieve compliance with these standards, employers are required to have the following components for their lockout/tagout program:
- Energy Control Procedures
- Employee Trainings
- And Periodic Inspections
These components will ensure that any equipment shall be isolated from all energy sources prior to an employee performing a service or maintenance in which “the unexpected energization or start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees.”
It is important to remember that though not every business has a manufacturing floor, there is still support equipment to be considered for lockout/tagout including, but not limited to, water heaters, pumps, boilers, fire-suppression equipment, air handler units, and dock doors and levelers.
Though a wide variety of industries contribute to the economy of Greensboro, safety and health in the workplace is always a concern for all employers and employees alike. With a focus on safety and a comprehensive understanding of the NDOT and Federal OSHA standards, employers can ensure the compliance with safety and health standards.
ESC Services is a global provider of lockout/tagout services and has extensive experience working in the Charlotte area. For more information on how ESC Services can help your business achieve compliance, please contact us.