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Help organizations optimize energized asset performance.

Every day, our expertise in enhancing the safety reliability maintenance of energized assets is leveraged by more than 500 clients across the world to achieve their safety and optimization goals. Explore our capabilities and discover why so many have come to rely on our team for success.

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About SEAM Group

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SEAM Group is focused on optimizing asset safety, reliability, and maintenance for more than 500 clients in multiple industries around the world. Leveraging our One SEAM, One Solution approach, our team provides integrated solutions for common asset challenges through the most comprehensive suite of asset optimization capabilities available.

Each year, our expert team inspects, assesses, and supports more than 2,000,000 pieces of equipment worldwide. Our team helps organizations in hospitality, pharmaceutical, food processing, consumer goods, and more improve the performance of their assets, teams, and processes for more significant operational and financial impact and ensures everyone’s safety interacting with energized assets.

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A Seven-Part Optimization Strategy for Reliability, Safety, and Maintenance

The success of any operation depends on three disciplines – reliability, safety, and maintenance.

Across disparate industries – oil-drilling platforms, manufacturing, power generation, fleets of trucks, biopharmaceutical facilities – similar patterns emerge. Each succeeds or fails on the same principles. Performance for any operation is a function not just of how well each of the disciplines is executed, but how well all three are integrated.

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Energy sources such as electricity, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and many others can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers. By having an effective Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) program in place, your organization can give your employees a set of tools to work safely and also maintain compliance with OSHA regulations and standards as well as your company’s specific requirements and policies.

Defining LOTO


Lockout is the placement of a lockout device on an energy isolation device, in accordance with an established procedure, ensuring the equipment being controlled cannot be operated until lockout device is removed.

Tagout is the placement of a tagout device on an energy isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the equipment may not be operated until tagout device is removed.

Why is it important to have an effective LOTO program?


Many organizations may have a LOTO program in place; however, it can be outdated, training may be inconsistent or not enforced, and worse yet, can be fragmented where only a few procedures are completed at a time. To truly protect employees from injury and incidents, employers must create a program that develops, documents, and uses procedures to control potential hazardous energy. These procedures also explain what employees must know and do to control hazardous energy when they service or maintain machinery.

What does a comprehensive LOTO program include?


An effective Lockout/Tagout energy control program consists of:

  1. Energy Control Procedures (ECP) for affixing appropriate lockout devices and/or tagout devices to energy isolation devices



  • PHASE I – Process Review and Data Collection

  • PHASE II – Energy Control Procedure (ECP) Development

  • PHASE III – Final Review and Delivery



  1. Employee training on hazards or hazardous energy and lockout tagout procedures, policies, and equipment

  2. Periodic audits of the system (at least annually) to verify that ECPs are accurate, and that employees can demonstrate proper energy isolation of equipment to perform servicing and maintenance.


Learn How to Develop the Right LOTO Program for Your Organization


According to OSHA, using lockout/tagout procedures prevents 120 deaths and nearly 50,000 injuries each year. At SEAM Group, we work with your organization to mitigate the risks associates with operating and maintaining hazardous energy sources. If your organization does not have a written LOTO program in place, we help you develop a sustainable program that meets your organization’s specific requirements and policies as well as compliance with applicable regulations.

For organizations that already have a LOTO program, but believe it could use improvement, we offer a LOTO Compliance Gap Assessment (CGA) where we assess your current LOTO program for compliance and efficacy, recommend revisions as deemed necessary, and develop equipment specific LOTO procedures. Clients appreciate this offering as they don’t have to necessarily start from scratch and can receive the proper guidance and service to enhance their current program.

Work with SEAM Group to develop the proper LOTO program that controls and maintains hazardous energy in your organization. Connect with us to learn more about our LOTO services.
Organizations face multiple challenges in energized asset management. Even the most rigorous safety programs lack effective hazard identification or critical risk protocols. And, many leaders often do not realize that missing procedures, process gaps, and weak data analytics may thwart otherwise comprehensive reliability and maintenance programs. Collectively, these challenges contribute to a disjointed and reactive approach to asset management that can impact worker safety, operational performance, and, ultimately, an organization’s bottom-line. In this article, we discuss how aligning and integrating safety, reliability, and maintenance boosts the highest levels of performance. When organizations are able to build strategies that focus on the three disciplines working together, they will position themselves for long-term growth and success.

Why is it Important to Integrate Safety, Reliability, and Maintenance?


Many operations manage the three disciplines of safety, reliability, and maintenance independently and oftentimes this strategy works for them. The operation generally runs at acceptable to impressive levels with substantially lower risks of failure. While not eliminated, the probabilities of worst-case scenarios are low. But, what many leaders do not realize is that managing the three disciplines independently is not sustainable. Should there be a critical failure in any of the three disciplines, it can seriously degrade or shut down operations and, worse case, get people hurt or killed.

In our experience working with operations across the globe, we’ve seen that the highest levels of performance are achieved when the three disciplines are correctly integrated and aligned. When an operation has a coordinated strategy that integrates the three disciplines, it guarantees asset availability, minimizes unplanned repairs, deploys capital most efficiently, and optimizes production output while operating safely.

The Power of Integration & Alignment


When Apollo 11 first took astronauts to the surface of the moon, most of the attention, understandably, was on the astronauts, rocket, and the command and lunar modules. Less appreciated was the degree to which success depended on Mission Control. Inside that large room, all of the essential management and operational functions were aligned, and all three disciplines were integrated, which resulted in a high-performing operation.

The design of the Mission Control system informed its safe operation and its maintenance. Information gathered during maintenance created a feedback loop to improve future installations. Safety observations and incident reports also created a feedback loop for engineering and maintenance leaders. And there were enough leaders with responsibilities for the entire system, working from a common dashboard, that the system operated as one rather than three or more semi-autonomous functions. Operating each area independently could have worked and done well, but it was the power in integration that made the operation successful.

Getting Your Organization to a High-Performance State


From oil drilling platforms and manufacturing plants to power generation, fleets of trucks, and biopharmaceutical facilities, we’ve observed that performance, for any operation, is a function not just in how well the disciplines of safety, reliability, and maintenance are executed, but in how well all three are integrated. By building strategies to fully integrate the three disciplines, organizations can start preventing costly injuries, improving productivity, and seeing a healthier bottom-line.

Interested in getting your organization to a high-performance state?

Partner with SEAM Group to integrate safety, reliability, and maintenance and enable your organization to maximize operational performance. Using our unique approach to energized asset optimization, we work with your organization to assess and determine your pain points and challenges, identify gaps in asset management, and implement solutions for long-term safety and performance outcomes. Take advantage of our full suite of services or start work on a specific area that needs the most improvement. We meet you where you are, offering the services you need when you need them the most.

Get the support your organization needs to optimize safety and operational asset performance. Contact us today.