What are the steps of an energy control procedure?
- Prepare for shutdown.
- Shut down the machine(s) or equipment.
- Disconnect the energy isolating device(s).
- Apply the lockout or tagout device(s).
- Render all stored and/or residual energy safe.
- Verify the isolation and deenergization of the machine or equipment prior to starting work.
Which form of energy is lock out/tag out used to control?
Lockout/tagout is a hazardous energy control program used to ensure that machines and equipment are totally isolated from all energy sources (electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, kinetic, potential, thermal, chemical, and radiation). Locks are used to secure switches and valves in the OFF or SAFE position.
Does OSHA require a written energy control program?
Yes. Employers are expected to develop programs and procedures, training and inspections, that meet the needs of their particular workplace and the particular types of machines and equipment they use and service as long as they meet the requirements of the standard.
What is an energy control plan?
The purpose of the energy control program is to ensure that, whenever the possibility of unexpected machine or equipment start-up exists or when the unexpected release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the equipment is isolated from its energy source and rendered inoperative prior to servicing.
What are energy source controls?
Hazardous energy control is a broad term describing the use of procedures, techniques, designs and methods to protect personnel from injury due to the inadvertent release of hazardous energy. Lockout is the placement of a lock and tag on an energy-isolating device in accordance with an established procedure.
What types of energy sources must be locked out?
These may be in the form of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other types of energy. Any such hazardous energy sources must be locked out/tagged out and all stored energy dissipated and/or restrained before an authorized employee engages in any servicing and maintenance activity.
How often must energy control procedures be inspected?
A periodic inspection of each energy control procedure must be performed at least annually to ensure that the energy control procedures continue to be implemented properly and that employees are familiar with their responsibilities under those procedures.
What is an energy control program?
Who performs the required periodic inspection of energy control procedures?
Periodic Inspections The periodic inspection must be performed by an Authorized Employee or person other than the one(s) utilizing the hazardous energy control procedures being inspected.