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For Immediate Release                      Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org

NEW LOCKOUT/TAGOUT CONSTRUCTION SAFETY STANDARD FOCUS OF AMERICAN
SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ CONFERENCE CALL

DES PLAINES, IL (December 6, 2006) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a
technical conference call on December 13th to address the issue of Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) for demolition and
construction operations through a discussion of the newly approved American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) A10.44 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations
Standard.
          Statistics indicate that millions of workers nationwide are at risk of injury from equipment, machinery or
processes that do not implement proper LOTO procedures. The new A10.44 standard recognizes the need for
protection of personnel and property from injury due to unexpected start-up or release of stored energy from
equipment, system/process or induced energy during repair, maintenance, operation, installation and other
activities involving machines or equipment. The ANSI 10.44-2006 standard is one of a series of standards that
focus on construction and demolition operations.
          ASSE Professional Member and Vice-Chair of the A10.44 Subgroup, Jim Lapping, CSP, PE, MS will
lead the conference call and discuss the history of the A10.44 project and why it was launched; review the
contents and requirements of the standard; address how regulatory agencies can use voluntary national consensus
standards such as A10.44; and address key issues and differences with the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 General Industry
LOTO Standard due to questions about how the two standards work together.
          Lapping is the senior safety engineer at Jacobs Engineering and is a highly regarded and respected safety
professional. He has served on the ANSI Board of Directors, as past chairman of the ANSI Executive Standards
Council and as vice chairman of the ANSI Safety and Health Standards Board. Lapping also served as director of
the elevator safety division at the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall, vice president and director safety,
health and environment for EEI Holding Corporation/Power Maintenance and Constructors and as special
assistant for construction and engineering for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA). Lapping earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of
Oregon.
          Registrants will have access to the audio conference, a PowerPoint presentation, resource materials,
articles and will receive a compact disk recording of the call. To register for the audio conference contact ASSE
Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or visit the ASSE website.
          Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety
organization committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational
safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health,
transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information
check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.
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