IET, Inc.
3539 Glendale Ave
Toledo, Ohio 43614

Case Study 7-09803

Are you properly locked-Out?

IET’s Safety audit of all Injection molding operations and sub-assembly stations revealed the opportunity to create, update and install machine specific Lockout placards for all equipment as required by OSHA.

The Customer

Global manufacturer and supplier of a wide variety of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim and structural and functional applications to leading automobile manufacturers.

The Challenge

The facility was faced with an enormous task of reviewing and revising the Lockout portion of the facility’s Health and Safety Program due to the influx of serious injuries that were occurring throughout the company at various locations. Operators were sustaining injuries while performing routine work at service locations of the injection molding machines. The Regional Environmental Health and Safety Manager had started the process to reduce or fully eliminate the potential for operator injury with a LEVEL 1 – Safety lockout Procedure, however management lacked the resources and acceptable format to complete the task.

The Solution

IET engineers created a format and obtained buy-in as to how the procedures would be documented. IET audited the entire facility, identified deficiencies and immediately started creating LEVEL 1 - Safety Lockout Procedures for the Injection molding departments that were submitted for appropriate approval.

The next step was to create/submit Lockout Energy Control Placards to achieve a complete controlled energy state for all injection molding equipment and sub-assembly equipment. Each placard contained specific steps for shutting down, isolating and blocking sources of energy. Upon final approval and sign off from the facility management, IET then proceeded to laminate each lockout placard and secure them throughout the facility.

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