Lockout / Tagout
OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Standard Requires Authorized Employees To Follow Six Basic Shutdown Steps:
- Prepare for shutdown. Notify affected employees and tell them which equipment will be involved
- Shut down the machine by using normal stopping or rundown procedures for that piece of equipment
- Isolate the machine or equipment from all of its energy sources
- Apply appropriate Lockout/Tagout devices to the machine’s or equipment’s energy isolating devices
- Safely release all potentially hazardous stored residual energy
- Verify that the equipment cannot be turned on before starting service, maintenance or repairs
OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Standard Applies Whenever:
- A machine or piece of equipment is repaired, serviced, lubricated, cleaned, unjammed, adjusted or otherwise maintained.
- A guard or other safety device is removed or bypassed in order to perform work or in maintenance on a machine or piece of equipment.
- An employee places his or her body in contact with a point of operation where it could be caught or trapped by moving machine or equipment parts.
- An employee places any part of his or her body into a danger zone associated with the operation of a machine or piece of equipment.