208: Lock Out Tag Out - Energy Control Program
Safety Policy & Procedure Manual
Section 200: Workplace Safety
The OSU energy control program outlines clearly defined procedures for the control of hazardous energy.
These procedures cover the servicing and maintenance of equipment that could cause serious injury to employees when an unexpected energizing, start up, or release of stored energy occurs.
Employees trained in lockout/tagout procedures.
Employees working on or around this equipment, but not trained in the lockout/tagout procedures.
The primary method used to control hazardous energy is the utilization of lockout/tagout procedures. All sources of energy, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, gravitational, and thermal, need to be considered.
Lockout versus Tagout
Lockout shall be the exclusive method used for the isolation of all energy sources that are designed to accept a locking device. Tagout devices, such as tags or signs, must be used if a locking device cannot be attached to the control switch or valve. Tags and their means of attachment are to be substantial enough to prevent inadvertent or accidental removal. Nylon cable ties are the recommended method of tag attachment. Whenever major replacement, repair, renovation, or modification of equipment is performed, and whenever new equipment is installed, the energy control switch or valve for that equipment shall be able to accept a locking device.
|Employees||Inquire with supervisor to see if lockout/tagout training is appropriate.|
|Outside Personnel||If engaged in activities requiring the control of hazardous (Contractors) energy, they must use a lockout/tagout program. The OSU construction inspector and the outside contractor are to inform each other of their respective lockout or tagout procedures and determine the lockout/tagout program that will be used.|
|OSU Construction Inspector||Inform the outside contractor of their respective lockout or tagout procedures and determine the lockout/tagout program that will be used.|
Training and Communication
Training will be provided to ensure that employees understand the purpose and procedures of the energy control program and that the knowledge and skill required for the safe application, usage, and removal of lockout/tagout devices are conveyed to employees.
Minimum Training Requirements: Tagout Authorized employees will be trained in the following limitations of tags:
NOTE: Employee Retraining will be conducted whenever a periodic inspection reveals, or whenever there is reason to believe, that there are deviations from or inadequacies in the employee’s knowledge or use of an energy control device.
Documentation of Training
|Supervisors||Complete documentation showing that employee training has been accomplished.|