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November 10, 2021

Methodology Overview for Implementing a Functional Lockout System

Too often, hundreds of thousands of dollars in time and money go up in smoke because the lockout system is not functional. Such a system has ramifications in many processes in addition to being an administrative mitigation measure that prevents High Potential events (HiPos) and Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs).

It is very important to properly plan out your lockout / tagout project before taking any actions. This is especially true in larger facilities as the procedures can take months to write out completely. In order to provide a structure for the success of its projects, CONFORMiT has been honing its OSHA compliant hazardous energy isolation management methodology for the past 35 years.

The methodology is roughly divided into three main sections:
1. The Planning
2. The Structure
3. The Implementation

Planning every last detail
Most people want to plan the bare minimum, and simply get to work. But that …

June 8, 2021

Calculating ROI for EHS software

Calculating ROI for EHS Software – Can it Be as Low as 6 Months? 

 

With any software purchase you make for your company there is a number of aspects to consider. Along with efficiency, accuracy, speed and reporting capabilities, you want to know how long it will take to get your investment back. 

Calculating the ROI for Environmental Health and Safety software starts with getting an inventory of your current costs. You need to look at all of the procedures you currently do, how long each one currently takes, and at what cost.  

 

 

For one of our customers, these are the procedures they use along with their yearly frequency, duration and average hourly costs:  

 

 

 

With the help of our software, they were able to realize the following savings in time (as a %) and money over a year’s time: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The graph above gives you a visual representation of 

January 15, 2018

Lockout Management: A Key Element for Health and Safety

As elaborated in the book “Manage Health & Security; Get the Best… Prevent the Worst” by Marc-Andre Ferron, the basis for proper health & safety solutions management is to identify the risks within your company and make sure you are compliant with all the applicable rules and regulations. Lockout, beyond being a requirement in several EHS standards worldwide, is a key element to both the Health and Safety of workers and operational efficiency. The underlying reason that lockout is often identified as the first control method to be instated during the risk identification period is simple and can be illustrated by the hierarchy of preventive measures:

  1. Eliminate the hazard;
  2. Substitute other materials, processes, or equipment;
  3. Implement engineering controls;
  4. Define systems that increase awareness of potential hazards;
  5. Put in place administrative controls, e.g., training and procedures, instructions, and scheduling; and
  6. PPE, including measures to ensure its appropriate selection, use, and maintenance.