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er confidence. According to Lynn
Franco, director of economic indicators and surveys at The Conference
Board: "Confidence remains high
among consumers, and their expec-
tations suggest the economy will
continue expanding at a solid pace
for the remainder of the year."
If the poultry industry is
indeed catching a second wave
- and no game-changing events
alter the basic market dynamics
- we should expect this positive
trend to continue for a few more
Greg Rennier, Ph.D., is president of Rennier Associates Inc. To contact Rennier, email email@example.com.
BY MATTHEW SPENCER
10 steps to reduce hazardous
energy risks in poultry plants
Communicating the proper steps of a Lockout/Tagout procedure
reduces risks associated with heavy machinery in poultry operations.
Poultry industry worker safety has
seen steady improvement, with current incident rates essentially equal
to those of manufacturing as a whole.
However, challenges still remain.
In September 2017, the
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) announced
their top 10 most cited standards
for the 2017 fiscal year ended
September 30. The one standard that
continues to be toward the top of
the list is the control of hazardous
energy, or Lockout/Tagout.
During fiscal 2017, all of manufacturing received 1,969 proposed
citations and an estimated $10
million in proposed penalties. In
the same timeframe, the poultry
processing industry received 22
proposed citations and an estimated
$197,000 in proposed penalties.
Lockout/Tagout is one area of
focus for OSHA's Regional Emphasis
Program for Poultry Processing
Facilities. Communication of the
proper steps to control exposure to
hazardous energy continues to be a
highly cited standard. These steps are:
■ Prepare for shutdown and lockout
following machine-specific procedures and identify energy sources.
■ Locate all isolating devices to be
certain which switches, valves or
other energy-isolating devices apply
to the equipment to be shut down.
■ Notify all affected employees
that the equipment will be locked
and/or tagged out and the reason
for doing so.
■ Shutdown equipment: If operat-
ing, the equipment must be shut
down by using the proper deenergizing procedures.
Isolate or release stored energy:
All energy must be dissipated or
restrained by equipment-specific
Apply the lock(s) with tag(s): If
more than one person is to be working on the equipment, each employee must apply their own lock(s)
to all energy isolation devices.
Test to verify energy isolation:
Operate the push button or other
normal operating controls to
make certain the equipment will
Return controls to "off": Too often after the "Test" step, controls
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