Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Procedures Safety Program
Failure to control hazardous energy during servicing or maintenance activities accounts for nearly 10% of the serious accidents in many industries, according to OSHA. Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy.
The principles and requirements for lockout/tagout apply to most employers whose workers perform maintenance on equipment where the uncontrolled release of hazardous energy, such as kinetic, pneumatic, chemical, electrical, or thermal, is possible, or are exposed to such hazards from the maintenance.
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Minor service misconceptions under lockout/tagout
The OSHA lockout/tagout regulation allows certain minor services to be performed without using lockout/tagout. However, the regulation clearly states that lockout requirements still apply if an employee must remove or bypass a guard, or place any body part into a point of operation...
Target lockout/tagout refresher training where it’s needed
You’ve delivered lockout/tagout training for your authorized employees on all of the standard’s requirements. The authorized employees completed that initial training knowing everything they need to know about...
Periodic inspections of energy control procedures
Employers must develop and document procedures to control hazardous energy whenever employees perform activities covered by the lockout/tagout standard. These procedures give the authorized employee written instructions on how to eliminate the potential for the unexpected activation, start up, or the release of...
Power buttons not energy isolating devices
The lockout/tagout requirements generally apply if an employee needs to remove or bypass a guard, or place any part of his body into a machine’s point of operation. The term “lockout” involves, according to OSHA, the “placement of a lockout device on an energy isolating device” under an established procedure. Further...
Using a master key for lockout/tagout
The lockout/tagout standard generally relies on each authorized employee applying a personal lock and retaining the key for it. According to 1910.147(e)(3), the authorized employee who applied a lock or tag should be the one who removes it. However, that paragraph contains an exception...
Lockout/Tagout in the real world
Each year, approximately 3,000 workers suffer lost-time injuries from being caught in dangerous parts of equipment or machinery during maintenance or cleaning, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Further, each year there are approximately 60 fatalities from similar exposures...
Lockout is the process of turning off and locking out the flow of energy from a power source to a piece of equipment or a circuit, and keeping it locked out. Lockout is accomplished by installing a lockout device at the power source. Lockout is accomplished by installing a lockout device at the power source so that equipment powered by that source cannot be operated.
Tagout is placing a tag on the power source. The tag acts as a warning not to restore energy-it is not a physical restraint. Tags must clearly state: Do Not Start (or Operate). Both lock and tags must be strong enough to prevent unauthorized removal and to withstand various environmental conditions
Certification of periodic inspections, certification of training, and documented procedures for the control of hazardous energy must be available.
The documented procedures for the control of hazardous energy must identify the types of energy to be controlled (by magnitude or by type) and must outline the procedures for shutdown, equipment isolation, lockout/tagout device application, release of stored energy, and verification of isolation.