Workplace falls are both common and preventable. At the UW, the category “slips/trips/falls” has been among the top three leading causes of injuries to UW personnel every year from 2018 to 2021. Falls from heights is the second-leading cause of unintentional workplace death in the U.S.
EH&S has published an updated UW Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program Manual with requirements for controlling hazardous energy using lockout/tagout (LOTO) to ensure employee safety and prevent injury or illness that could result during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.
Workplace falls are both common and preventable. Falls from heights is the second-leading cause of unintentional workplace death in the U.S. However, a worker doesn’t need to fall from a high level to suffer injuries and lost work time. Falls can happen anywhere; even office workers can be injured from slipping or tripping on a level surface.
The Supplemental Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program Template (Word) and addresses department-specific hazards and safety guidance for controlling hazardous energy when repairing or servicing department equipment or systems that are not covered in the UW Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program Manual.
The Lockout/Tagout Equipment-Specific Procedure Periodic Review (Word) includes directions and content for the review of an equipment-specific lockout/tagout procedure.
Refer to the UW Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program Manual for more information.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to certain Jif peanut butter products produced at the J.M. Smucker Company facility in Lexington, Kentucky.