WHAT IS IT?
The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), 29 CFR 1910.147, addresses practices and procedures for disabling machinery or equipment to prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform service and maintenance activities. It also outlines program development and training for those employees.
WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
If your employees service or maintain machines where the unexpected startup, energization, or release of stored energy could cause injury, the standard likely applies to your company.
Examples of common general industry sectors that must comply include manufacturing, food, wholesale/retail, healthcare, hospitality, and entertainment. Exceptions include agriculture, construction, and maritime industries, as well as oil & gas well drilling and servicing.
WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL?
Employees servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be exposed to serious physical harm or death if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. According to OSHA, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 60,000 injuries and 122 fatalities each year. Yet it was the eighth most frequently cited OSHA violation in 2013, often leading to substantial fines.
WHAT MUST EMPLOYERS DO?
Employers with employees exposed to hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and machinery must:
- Develop, document, implement and enforce the use of lockout/tagout procedures.
- Check that new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out.
- Ensure that lockout/tagout devices are durable, standardized, substantial, and used only for lockout/tagout purposes.
- Establish an energy control program made up of lockout/tagout procedures, periodic inspections, and training.
WHAT MUST EMPLOYEES BE TRAINED ON?
Employees must be trained on at least three areas: aspects of the employer’s energy control program, elements of the energy control procedures relevant to their duties or assignment, and various requirements of the lockout/tagout standard.
HOW CAN J. J. KELLER HELP?
J.J. Keller offers access to the complete range of information, training, and supplies to help you build a first-class lockout/tagout program, all backed by their team of in-house experts. Comply with requirements and train employees with The Lockout/Tagout training program. Available on DVD.
- Provides critical info on OSHA’s lockout/tagout requirements (29 CFR Part 1910.147)
- Explains authorized employees, affected employees and other employees – and roles and responsibilities for each type of employee
- Covers types of hazardous energy; energy isolating devices; definitions of “lockout” and “tagout”; requirements for locks and tags
- Demonstrates the typical lockout/tagout process, plus five additional complex situations common to workplaces
- Available in English and Spanish
Ready-to-use training program includes several components.Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
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Additional lockout/tagout items to help you comply with requirements and help keep your employees safe are available online at Ryder Fleet Products.
Thank you to J.J. Keller for this guest blog article on developing your safety and compliance program for lockout/tagout compliance.
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