The following program is established to meet safety requirements for controlling hazardous energy using lockout/tagout procedures. This program is in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.147 and the Texas A&M University System requirements for the control of hazardous energy.
This program establishes requirements for the use of lockout/tagout devices in controlling hazardous energy. Lockout/tagout devices shall be used to ensure that equipment is stopped, locked out, tagged and isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources, which could cause injury. This program shall be used as a guide to providing full employee protection from energy causing devices, training and periodic inspection to ensure compliance.
All employees of the Physical Plant Maintenance Shops shall receive training in, and follow the lockout/tagout procedures. All University employees shall receive notification of the establishment of this program. All outside firms contracting services with TAMUG shall be informed of, and required to comply with the program.
Conduct annual training for Physical Plant employees.
Monitor program compliance.
Recommend lockout devices.
Provide necessary equipment.
Conduct periodic inspections to ensure compliance.
Comply with the restrictions and limitations of the program.
Perform the lockout/tagout in accordance with the established procedures.
An energy isolating device is considered lockable if it has a hasp or other means of attachment to which, or through which, a lock can be affixed, or it has a locking mechanism built into it. Other energy isolating devices are capable of being locked out if lockout can be achieved without the need to dismantle, rebuild, or replace the energy isolating device or permanently alter it's energy control capability.
The placement of a tag (warning) on an energy isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, indicating that the energy isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tag is removed.
A affected employee is a individual who is directly affected by the shutting down of a piece of machinery or equipment.
A individual who locks out or tags out machines or equipment in order to perform services or maintenance. An affected employee becomes an authorized employee when that employee's duties include performing service covered under this section.
A mechanical device that physically prevents the transmission or release of energy, including but not limited to the following: a manually operated electrical circuit breaker; a disconnect switch; a manually operated switch by which the conductors of a circuit can be disconnected from all ungrounded supply conductors and, in addition, no pole can be operated independently; a line valve; a block; and any similar device used to block or isolate energy. Push buttons, selector switches and other control circuit type devices are not energy isolating devices.
The placement of a lockout device on an energy isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, ensuring that the energy isolating device and the equipment being controlled cannot be operated until the lockout device is removed.
In the event that a energy isolating device is not capable of being locked out, a tagout device shall be attached at the same location that the lockout device would have normally been placed. Additional precautionary measures, as deemed necessary by the authorized employees' supervisor, shall be utilized to ensure that a level of safety is provided which is comparable to that obtained by using a lockout device.
Additional safety measures to be considered as demonstrating full employee protection are; blocking of a controlling switch, opening of an extra disconnecting device, or the removal of a valve handle to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent energizing. In certain circumstances, an employee may be given the assignment of standing by a connecting device to ensure the safety of the authorized employee.
Training shall be provided by the Safety Office to ensure that the purpose and function of the Hazardous Energy Control Program is understood by Physical Plant employees and that the knowledge and skill required for the safe application, usage, and removal of energy control are acquired. Additional training shall include the following:
Lockout/Tagout Log Sheet
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