Monday, August 25, 2014

Pneumatic Lockout Valves


When we are helping a client develop their machine lockout policy and procedures, we always take note of opportunities to make their procedures stronger. One that often comes up in conversation is pneumatic shut-off valves.

Common issues with locking out pneumatic energy sources are:

  1. Shut-off valve is located in the ceiling. This makes it very difficult for an employee to reach the valve and lock it out.
  2. Shut-off valve does not exist for the machine, or affects multiple machines. It is less likely to be locked out if it causes other machines to shut-down in the process.
  3. There is no lock box available. The standard shut-off valve does not have a lockout point, usually lock boxes are required to properly lock them out. These are often not easily accessible.
  4. It is unknown how to bleed-off excess air in the lines. This is extremely important, residual air pressure can cause machine parts to move unexpectedly.

Being aware of these challenges and putting procedures in place to ensure locking out pneumatic sources is easy to do is important if you want your employees to follow the rules.

One product that we highly recommend is an all-in-one bleed-off and lockout valve. These valves bleed off all residual pressure in the air lines and accept a lock in the off position only. They ensure that the air is locked out properly and effectively.

pneumatic lockout valve

Posted by Kristin Petaski at 2:13 PM 0 Comments

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

IPAM & CSSE 2014 Conference & Tradeshow – October 27 & 28, 2014


Last year the Incident Prevention Association of Manitoba and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Manitoba Chapter combined efforts to deliver an amazing safety conference for safety professionals and managers. It was a huge success and achieved rave reviews.

This year is slated to be even bigger and better. With top rated speakers, relevant and informative session topics, a fast-growing tradeshow and a fun networking session, this conference is well worth your time.

Session topics include:

  • Respirable Free Zone Silica
  • Disposable Protective Coveralls
  • Disaster Management
  • The Influence and Effect of Listening
  • Social Networking
  • CSA Electrical Standard
  • Selling Ergonomics to Stakeholders
  • Machine Lockout (by Workplace Engineering Solutions)
  • Getting the most out of an Incident Investigation
  • The Art of Selling Safety to International Stakeholders
  • Safety Systems Simplified – Motivation & Incentive
  • Presentations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries

 Workplace Engineering Solutions is proud to support this conference as session speakers, tradeshow participants, a Friend sponsor and Kristin is on the planning committee. So come join us on October 27 & 28 at CanadInn Polo Park!

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IPAM CSSE Safety Saves Conference

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