Machine Safety -
If you have employees that are required to perform maintenance or repair machines
and equipment, a formal, written Lockout/Tagout Program must be developed and implemented.
This program must include
machine-specific procedures for shut-down and re-energizing equipment and training for “authorized” and
“affected” employees (i.e., those who operate, service or work near the equipment in question).
These procedures must be
followed during the servicing or maintenance of machines, to avoid the "unexpected energization or start up of
the machinery or equipment, or the release of stored energy, which could cause injury to
Procedures will vary, depending upon (1) whether the source of hazardous energy is electrical, hydraulic,
pneumatic, mechanical, thermal or chemical, and (2) how many employees are affected.
Nevertheless, all employees should be familiar with lockout/tagout procedures for their
company's operations and a review of these should take place annually.
The following SIX STEPS are a review
of basic steps for safely:
all "affected employees" that the equipment will be shut down.
down the equipment by normal stopping procedures.
- "Isolate" all the equipment's energy
and/or tagout the energy isolating devices with assigned, individual locks.
or restrain any stored energy by grounding, blocking, bleeding down, etc.
that no personnel are exposed, then test the equipment to assure that it will not
Restoring Equipment to Service:
work area to ensure removal of hazards
safely positioned and notified
that equipment controls are in neutral.
devices removed by authorized employees
re-energized and tested
affected employees that servicing is complete and the equipment is ready for use.
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