Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death. Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts.It’s estimated more than 120 deaths and over 50,000 injuries are prevented each year due to following proper lockout/tagout procedures.
Prepare for shutdown – authorized employees must know the type and magnitude of the energy, the hazards involved, and the means to control the energy.
Notify affected workers. Shut down the equipment in an orderly and safe manner.
Operate all isolating devices (valves or switches) to deenergize the equipment. Check primary and secondary sources of energy.
Attach all LOTO devices to the energy isolating devices (and, if appropriate, personal LOTO devices to group LOTO mechanisms).
|Step 5||Stored Energy Release
Release all stored energy (electric charge, pressure, charged springs, etc.).
|Step 6||Isolation Verification
Verify equipment energy isolation has been accomplished.