The best way to ensure compliance with OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout Tagout) regulatory standard is by creating a robust lockout tagout program that:
- Clearly defines lockout procedures
- Provides guidelines for controlling hazardous energy during maintenance and servicing
- Outlines the training program for workers
Sounds simple enough, right? The truth is a typical lockout tagout program can contain over 80 elements. Read on to better understand the six key elements that go into a successful lockout tagout program.
Understanding OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy Regulation
OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy regulation requires that energy sources must be contained during servicing and maintenance to ensure worker safety. Energy sources can include electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment.
When such hazardous energy sources are not properly controlled, workers servicing or maintaining the machines or equipment may end up seriously injured or even killed.
The regulatory standard (29 CFR 1910.147) also requires that:
“The employer shall establish a(n) (energy control) 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."