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Lockout/Tagout Device Design for 2-Way Valve

Energy sources such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers because there is a chance of unexpected energization. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standardized lockout/tagout procedures to prevent the unexpected startup or release of stored energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. However, there is a need to make following these procedures easier, as an estimated 50,000 people are injured and 120 people are killed each year due to not properly following lockout/tagout procedures when servicing equipment containing stored energy.
Abstract: 
Energy sources such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers because there is a chance of unexpected energization. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standardized lockout/tagout procedures to prevent the unexpected startup or release of stored energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. However, there is a need to make following these procedures easier, as...
Benefits: 
Precise nesting of the handle prevents activation of the valve -Compact, easy-to-use design -Ability to visually verify valve positioning
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Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
NREL ROI 15-95 -Development -Available -12/16/2015 -12/16/2015
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