June 13, 2019

Resource Guide Focuses on Hazardous Energy Control in Manufacturing

The National Occupational Research Agenda Manufacturing Sector Council has created a resource guide intended to help companies start a hazardous energy control program or improve and maintain their existing program. According to NORA, components of a successful hazardous energy control program include energy control procedures, employee training, auditing or periodic inspections, and equipment that will accommodate lockout procedures. The guide includes sample materials and templates to help with implementation of the minimum required elements for a successful program. The templates can be customized with images, text, and data to fit the needs of specific facilities. The guide also provides customizable sample written programs with different complexity levels. NORA stresses that a hazardous energy control program will work best when recorded in a written procedure.

The manufacturing sector includes establishments that are engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. According to the NORA Manufacturing Council, more than 15 million workers in manufacturing are at risk for hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic injuries, and hazardous chemical exposures. More information on the council, including its research agenda, is available on CDC’s website.