Lockout/Tagout Device Secures Plug Valve
Brady Corporation recently launched its latest product, the Plug Valve Lockout. As the first lockout device to easily and effectively secure a manually-actuated plug valve, the Plug Valve Lockout is a much-needed solution for compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for controlling hazardous energy in the workplace. Until now, many installations had to resort to makeshift solutions to lock out their plug valves, which make up approximately 20 percent of the valves used by industry.
Brady will release the Plug Valve Lockout in four sizes, which together fit all of the popular plug valves from one to eight inches in diameter, including Cooper-Cameron, Dezurik, Flowserve, Homestead, Nordstrom and Xomox. The device effectively locks out the valve by securely covering the operating plug stem and preventing access to it. The base of the lockout device can remain in place once applied, and generally does not interfere with valve activation by wrench or removable handle. The device is compact in size, yet highly-visible and easy to use. It is made of durable, tamper-resistant materials and has suggested manufacturer list prices of $19.99 and $29.99.
The Plug Valve Lockout is a welcomed product for compliance with OSHA regulations, which focus on protecting employees from hazardous energy in the workplace. According to OSHA, the lockout/tagout standards are cited as the number one violation for general industry. OSHA estimates that the proper use of lockout/tagout devices would prevent approximately 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. If these injuries are avoided through lockout/tagout devices like the Plug Valve Lockout, companies will significantly cut their costs for both lost time and insurance, and improve productivity by minimizing equipment downtime.
For more information on the Plug Valve Lockout, visit www.bradyid.com/lockout.