Safety is a serious matter especially when it comes to maintenance of equipment. According to OSHA:

“Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers.” https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/controlhazardousenergy/

To mitigate against these hazards, “Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases.”

In a typical manufacturing setting, ongoing maintenance of equipment of all types requires a detailed understanding of the risks associated with hazardous energy releases, but as we know, knowledge alone is not sufficient.

Practicing safety procedures is essential in retaining LOTO procedures and making them second nature to the technicians who need to practice them every day. When you are learning a skill, whether it’s playing the guitar, or performing maintenance in a high risk environment, practice makes perfect. That’s why practicing LOTO procedures is the first building block in our training series.

It all starts with our Troubleshooting Safety Learning Lab. In this lab, a maintenance professional will cover two main concepts: general electrical safety and LOTO/LDL fundamentals.

In the safety section of this module, you will learn the basics of Shock and Arc Flash hazards. What is unique about our safety training is that we use virtual benches and tools to provide a trainee a hands-on, but completely safe experience.

For example, a trainee will learn the basics of voltage and actually take measurements using a multimeter. By observing the different results, they confirm with their own eyes the concepts being taught in the module.

Once the trainee has gained knowledge of the basic electrical concepts, and Shock and Arc Flash hazards, the trainee is then required to learn the full LOTO/LDL process for both single and three phase electrical current.

Once again, the trainee uses the guided learning and the virtual tools/bench available to them to complete the full LOTO/LDL process. 

This allows the trainee to get practical hands on knowledge of the concept, and with the ability to put this knowledge into practice over and over again in our troubleshooting simulations, the trainee builds these practices into their day-to-day work.

Simulation-based training lets you provide data driven and hands on training for all your maintenance staff, if you are interested in taking a look at how we use simulation training to teach LOTO/LDL and electrical troubleshooting contact us today.

Let us know: how do you train your team for electrical safety and LOTO/LDL?

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