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Re: Lock-out/tag-out enforcement of press cleaning

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From: Brabitz William (
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 06:49:37 CDT

My experience with OSHA on this subject, since it was a citable offense, is
quite different from your response. We were told that the normal day to day
operation of press equipment which includes webbing the press, removing
balled up sheets, replacing or cleaning out ink, removing plates and
replacing blankets did not require lockout/tagout. The use of interlocks and
stop buttons is acceptable even with more then one press operator performing
routine maintenance in different areas of the press. Our printers are
trained as "Affected Employees" and the maintenance staff (machinists,
electricians, ect) are the "Authorized Employees" in our OSHA abatement
approved Lockout/Tagout Program. "Affected Employees" know of the LO/TO/
policy and Authorized Employees actually do the LO/TO.

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From: peter phillips []
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2000 10:12 PM
Subject: Re: Lock-out/tag-out enforcement of press cleaning

I attended that session and am confident that the Runyan interpretation
and the accompanying explanation of "minor servicing" still applies. Where
operator has sole control over the "safe/stop" button and only one person is
doing the work, washing blankets, cylinders, webbing up, plate and blanket
changes and clearing some jams are OK. The criteria really rests on the
operator control. If two people are required, lockout is required. If the
control is out of reach of the operator, lockout is required. Inch safe
method must be used. Hope it helps. Jay Phillips

Robert Gifford wrote:

> >From: Mike Rogovein <>
> >
> >At the recent NEHS conference in Cincinnati, there was discussion
> >concerning OSHA's revisiting their policy on how they inforce LO/TO regs
> >regard to press cleaning. I don't remember who made the comments, but
> >hopefully someone in sight of the message can help.
> >
> >1> where do we now stand in regard to LO/TO during cleaning a press?
> >
> >2> is "cleaning a press" limited to removing ink, or can it be construed
> >to include cleaning a paper ball-up out of the machine?
> >
> >Thanks, Mike Rogovein
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