Since OSHA introduced its lockout tagout standard in 1989, it has played a vital role in keeping employees safe on the job.
Here are the three primary regulatory standards that impact employers in the U.S.
This is a voluntary national consensus standard that represents several industry hazardous energy control best practices and promotes greater flexibility through the use of alternative methods based on risk assessments and application of hazard control hierarchy.
OSHA requires that, "The employer shall establish a program consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment where the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or equipment shall be isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative."
Your company's energy control program is essential to detailing how you tailor your unique workplace to OSHA's requirements and guidelines. We have outlined six key elements that help define a successful program and are essential to lockout tagout.
These six elements include: Program/policy, procedures, identification, training/audits, lockout devices and sustainability.
Think you have all these elements of your program in place? Find out which lockout tagout elements your facility does well and where you can improve.
Employees at your workplace must have access to devices that physically render a machine inoperable or tags that provide clear and effective messaging when physically blocking machine startup is not possible.
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We teamed up with Safety+Health magazine to present lockout tagout regulatory basics, OSHA top 10 information, how to break down barriers in your program and tailoring your program to your employees.
Need a place to start with your lockout tagout policy? This lockout tagout policy template is about 80% complete and highlights the key points OSHA looks for in policy documentation. Download it today and customize it with your own specific needs and commitment for your organization.
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