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Implementing a complete LOTO Program is critical.
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What is Lockout-Tagout?Canadian standard CSA Z460-05 (R2010) - "Control of Hazardous Energy":
Placement of a lock or tag on an energy-isolating device in accordance with an established procedure, indicating that the energy-isolating device is not to be operated until removal of the lock or tag in accordance with an established procedure.
LockoutLockout is the isolation of energy from the system (a machine, equipment, or process) which physically locks the system in a safe mode. The energy-isolating device can be a manually operated disconnect switch, a circuit breaker, a line valve, or a block.
Tagout is a labelling process that is always used when lockout is required. The process of tagging out a system involves attaching or using an indicator that includes the following information:
- Why the Lockout-Tagout is required (repair, maintenance, etc.)
- Time of application of the lock/tag.
- The name of the authorized person who attached the tag and lock to the system.
AuthorizationONLY the authorized individual who placed the lock and tag onto the system is the one who is permitted to remove them. This procedure helps make sure the system cannot be started up without the authorized individual's knowledge.
Why is Lockout-Tagout important?Safety devices such as barrier guards or guarding devices are installed on systems to maintain worker safety while these systems are being operated. When non-routine activities such as maintenance, repair, or set-up, or the removal of jams, clogs or misaligned feeds are performed, these safety devices may be removed provided there are alternative methods in place to protect workers from the increased risk of injury of exposure to the unintended or inadvertent release of energy.
The main method used and recommended to protect workers from risk of harm in these cases is the use of a Lockout-Tagout program (LOTO).
What is the purpose of a Lockout-Tagout program?
A Lockout-Tagout program will help prevent:
- Contact with a hazard while performing tasks that require the removal, by-passing, or deactivation of safe guarding devices.
- The unintended release of hazardous energy (stored energy).
- The unintended start-up or motion of machinery, equipment, or processes.
Who is responsible for the Lockout-Tagout (LOTO) programEach party in the workplace has a responsibility in the Lockout-Tagout program!
Management is responsible for:
- Drafting, periodically reviewing, and updating the written program.
- Identifying the employees, machines, equipment, and processes included in the program.
- Providing the necessary protective equipment, hardware and appliances.
- Monitoring and measuring conformance with the program.
Supervisors are responsible for:
- Distributing protective equipment, hardware, and any appliance; and ensuring its proper use by employees.
- Ensuring that equipment-specific procedures are established for the machines, equipment and processes in their area.
- Ensuring that only properly trained employees perform service or maintenance that require lockout.
- Ensuring that employees under their supervision follow the established lockout procedures where required.
Employees are responsible for:
- Assisting in the development of equipment-specific procedures.
- Following the procedures that have been developed.
- Reporting any problems associated with those procedures, the equipment, or the process of locking and tagging out.