Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 4, No.9, September 2012
The process of lockout/tagout (LOTO) is one of the most important safety practices in the recycling industry. Although regulated provincially, the LOTO process is legally required throughout Canada for the industry-specific activities outlined by the Canadian Standards Association.
Simply put, LOTO ensures that hazardous power sources be “isolated and rendered inoperative” before any repair procedure is started. This process includes electrical, thermal, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gravitational energy sources.
Each province and territory places the responsibility for training and for ensuring the LOTO procedure is carried out on the employer. Employers should check their respective jurisdictions to understand their responsibilities.
For example, the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Act says the following:
- The employer shall establish and implement written procedures for compliance.
- The employer shall provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on proper lockout procedures for each piece of equipment they will be operating.
- The employer should ensure that workers know which energy sources may need to be controlled.
Proper LOTO training is essential and should not be limited to those employees authorized to lockout equipment. Authorized employees will receive the practical training for specific equipment, but any employee who might use the locked out equipment should be made aware of the LOTO process. They should be instructed never to remove a lock or attempt to operate a locked out machine. When equipment is to be locked out, notify employers, supervisors, and all affected workers.
FALL CHAPTER MEETINGS
CARI’s fall chapter meetings have been confirmed for the following dates:
September 10 at Hy’s Steakhouse, 1 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
September 11 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino, 1000, 11500 – 35 Street SE, Calgary, AB. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
September 13, at the River Rock Casino, 8811 River Road, Richmond, B.C. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about a specific meeting, please contact the respective chapter representative.
Quebec Chapter’s Golf Tournament
September 12, 2012
at The Joliette Golf Club
Maritimes Chapter’s Golf Tournament
September 20, 2012
at Belvedere Golf Course
CARI’s 15th Annual Consumers’ Night
October 15, 2012
at the Fairmont Royal York
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner at (905) 426-9313.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
September 6 – 7 Shanghai, China
Resources Recycling Industry Exhibition
September 19 – 20 Dallas, TX
September 19 – 21 Shanghai, China
World Scrap Metal Conference
September 27 – 28 Amsterdam, Netherlands
2nd Annual SBB Steel Raw Materials Europe
September 12 – 14 Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th Annual International Congress for Battery Recycling
October 3 – 6 Phoenix, AZ
2012 ISRI Operations Forum
October 24 – 26, Victoria, B.C.
Coast Waste Management Association Anuual Conference
October 28 – 30, Barcelona, Spain
World Recycling Convention
Autumn Round-Table Sessions
November 12 – 15, Toronto, ON
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
November 13 – 16, Guangzhou, China
Electronics Recycling Asia
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