OSHA allies with AHTD on machine guarding, lockout/tagout procedures

Washington, DC—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) have formed an alliance to provide machine automation workers with information and guidance on the importance of machine guarding equipment and using lockout/tagout procedures.


Washington, DC— The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) have formed an alliance to provide machine automation industry workers with information and guidance on the importance of proper selection, use, maintenance and installation of machine guarding equipment and the use of lockout/tagout procedures.

'We're pleased to unite with AHTD to promote a better workplace safety and health environment for thousands of workers involved in machine automation,' says John Henshaw, OSHA's administrator. 'Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those workers by focusing our combined efforts on the workplace hazards most prevalent in the industry.'

Dan O'Brien, AHTD's president, adds that, 'AHTD is proud to join with OSHA in our effort to improve the level of safety on the factory floor. We look forward to working jointly with OSHA to share information with manufacturers on the latest tools and methods for safeguarding their workers, while helping to improve productivity and competitiveness.'

To help disseminate ing information on machine guarding and lockout/tagout, AHTD and OSHA representatives will participate in forums, roundtable discussions, and stakeholder meetings to discuss workplace hazards. Also, they will develop and distribute case studies on the business value of workplace safety and health. The partners will also share information with industry safety and health professionals on the association's best practices and effective approaches, and publicize results through both organizations' training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

Formed in 1985, AHTD consists of 132 automation solution provider companies from throughout the U.S. and Canada and 77 manufacturers worldwide. The association's education and training programs provide information on technologies and solutions for machinery operators, supervisors, and designers.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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