Lockout/tagout is a safety procedure used to ensure that machines are properly shut off and not able to start up again while maintenance or servicing work is being performed. It is an important safety procedure that protects employees from hazardous energy sources, such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal sources.
Here are some safety topics related to lockout/tagout training:
- Importance of lockout/tagout: Explain the importance of lockout/tagout procedures in protecting workers from hazardous energy sources. Discuss the potential hazards and risks associated with not following lockout/tagout procedures.
- Procedures for lockout/tagout: Train workers on the proper procedures for lockout/tagout, including identifying energy sources, isolating equipment, applying locks and tags, and verifying that equipment is in a zero-energy state.
- Lockout/tagout equipment: Ensure workers are familiar with the lockout/tagout equipment available in the workplace, including padlocks, lockout hasps, tags, and lockout devices.
- Employee responsibilities: Emphasize the importance of employee responsibilities in lockout/tagout procedures, including properly using lockout/tagout equipment, reporting hazards or malfunctions, and verifying that equipment is properly locked out and tagged out.
- Training and certification: Ensure that workers are trained and certified in lockout/tagout procedures, and that training is updated on a regular basis. Keep records of training and certification to ensure compliance with OSHA regulations.
- Effective communication: Stress the importance of effective communication among workers during lockout/tagout procedures, including clear communication of equipment status, identification of hazards, and ensuring that all workers are clear on lockout/tagout procedures and their responsibilities.
- Continuous improvement: Encourage workers to identify areas for improvement in lockout/tagout procedures, and to provide feedback on how to improve the effectiveness of lockout/tagout procedures in the workplace.
By following these safety topics, employers can ensure that workers are properly trained in lockout/tagout procedures and that their safety is protected while performing maintenance and servicing work on machinery and equipment.