Ten Points for Effective Lock Out Tagout

November 17, 2010

Post by James Pryor II  American Safety And Health Management Consultants, Inc.

Your shops’s LOCKOUT /TAGOUT program is the “key” to safety on machinery and equipment repair and maintenance operations.

Lockout tagout is the KEY to hazardous Energy Control!

An effective and stringent LOCKOUT/ TAGOUT program provides critical protection for employees during repairs and maintenance.

Here are a few checklist items to  evaluate your Lockout Tagout program.

1. Review OSHA 29CFR1910.147  the Federal Lockout/Tagout  regulation.

2. Review Requirements for Lockout/ Tagout devices- they must be durable, standardized, substantial  and identifiable.

3. Review all equipment requiring Lockout/Tagout- for example Locks, Blocks, Chains, Multi lock hasps and other devices. They must be durable, standardized, substantial  and identifiable.

4. Review your procedures for equipment where Lockout/Tagout is required.

5. Insure AFFECTED  and authorized employees  are trained in Lockout / Tagout procedures initially and annually thereafter.

6. Insure training for both AFFECTED and AUTHORIZED employees is conducted whenever there is a change in equipment or procedures.

7. Keep employees informed when equipment is being repaired or serviced .

8. Stay alert and use common sense when Lockout/ Tagout procedures are in place.

9. Keep written records of all Lockout Tagout Hazardous Energy Control Training.

10. And of course, every time you are out in the shop make certain that your team is following your procedures.

Are they being followed ? Are they effective?

What is the best way that you have found to convince employees of the importance of hazardous energy control?

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