This procedure establishes the requirements for the lockout of energy isolating devices whenever maintenance or servicing is done on machines or equipment. It is used to ensure that the machine or equipment is stopped, isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources, and locked out before employees perform any servicing or maintenance where the unexpected energization or startup of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury.
The purpose of this procedure is to provide guidelines to protect employees from the unexpected start-up or release of stored energy in equipment and machinery.
This procedure establishes the minimum requirements for safely isolating potentially hazardous energy sources and is intended to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.147 – The Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout).
_____ employees will work on equipment requiring to be de-energize prior to services.
This procedure applies to all _____ employees and any contractors that are engaged in the maintenance, adjustment, or repair of equipment that has a source of energy. Also included will be employees that operate or are otherwise involved with energized equipment.
3.0 DEFINITIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS
Affected employee - An employee whose job requires them to operate or use the machine or equipment being locked or tagged out for servicing (maintenance or repair), or whose job requires them to be in the area where the servicing is being performed.
Authorized employee - A person who actually locks or tags out the machine or equipment in order to service it. An authorized employee and an affected employee may be the same person when the affected employee’s duties also include servicing the machinery being locked or tagged out.
Capable of being locked out - An energy-isolating device that has a hasp or other means of attachment to which, a lock can be affixed, or it has a locking mechanism built into it.
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