Chapter 16: Lockout / Tagout Energy Control Program

Purpose
This procedure establishes the minimum requirements for controlling hazardous energy whenever maintenance or repair is done on machinery on all affected UMW equipment and property. It is used to ensure that the machine or equipment is stopped, isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and locked out before employees perform any servicing or maintenance where the unexpected energizing or start-up of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury.

Authorized and Affected Employees
Authorized employees subject to the requirements of this program are to be trained on their duties.

Machinery and Equipment
The machinery and equipment in this facility that falls under the Control of Hazardous Energy Standard includes the following: All energized components and movable systems.

Lockout is the preferred method of isolating machines or equipment from energy sources. Tagout is to be performed instead of lockout only when there is no way to lockout a machine.

Lockout/Tagout Procedures
Affected employees are notified when their machine is to be locked out according to the following method: E-mail, voice mail, work order, or direct communication.

Employees applying the tags to notify of de energizing equipment are the only individuals authorized to remove the tags after completion of work. All workers that are involved with the operation are to install their lock for insurance of system protection. After any and all breaks in the repair operations or required LOTO needs, all workers are to reevaluate their application of locks and tags.

The machinery and equipment listed follows these lockout placement, removal, transfer, and responsibility procedures: All HVAC equipment, electrical devices, motors, circuit breakers, flanges, block plates and boiler controls.

The machinery and equipment listed above follows this procedure to test the machines to determine and verify the effectiveness of lockout devices, tagout devices, and other energy control measures.

Periodic Inspection
A periodic inspection is done, looking at the energy control procedures performed to ensure that the procedure and requirements of the standard are being followed. This inspection is performed annually.

Administrative Duties
UMW Emergency Management and Safety office has overall responsibility for coordinating safety and health programs at the university.

Supervisors are the person’s having overall responsibility for the Lockout/Tagout Program. The Safety Office will review and update the program, as necessary. Copies of the written program may be obtained from the safety office located in Brent Hall.

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