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Lockout/Tagout Program to Control Hazardous Energy

This checklist policy is used for protecting employees who must do service or maintenance on machines or equipment and who could be injured by an unexpected start-up or release of hazardous energy. This policy will ensure that machinery or equipment is stopped, isolated from all hazardous energy sources, and properly locked or tagged out.
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07/26/2022

Lockout/Tagout Program to Control Hazardous Energy

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This checklist policy is used for protecting employees who must do service or maintenance on machines or equipment and who could be injured by an unexpected start-up or release of hazardous energy. This policy will ensure that machinery or equipment is stopped, isolated from all hazardous energy sources, and properly locked or tagged out.
  • Key requirements laid out by OSHA include the following:

  • Written Procedures

  • Training

  • Evaluation

  • These are just the minimum requirements of an energy control program. OSHA fully expects each facility to properly evaluate its unique situation and create a program that addresses the specific hazards present.

  • The following are the most common types of power that could present a danger to people working on or near a machine:

  • Electricity

  • Hydraulic Pressure

  • Hydraulic Accumulation

  • Pneumatic Energy

  • Gas

  • Steam

  • Thermal

  • Gravity

  • Kinetic

  • Requirements Prior to Work Starting

  • The following are the general lockout/tagout steps required prior to starting any work. Using these as a starting point, each facility should create specific instructions for each machine:

  • Preparing for Shutdown

  • Actual Shutdown

  • Disconnecting Power

  • Locking Out the Power

  • Secure Machine

  • Verification

  • Preparing for Re-Energizing of Machines

  • Some key steps for preparing to re-energize a machine are:

  • Inspect the Machine

  • Maintenance Checklist

  • Check All Tags

  • Confirm Employees Are Clear

  • Initiate Power Up Procedures

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