Lockout Tagout Training

lockout tagout training


Each and every day, North American electrical workers are exposed to electrical hazardous energy from industrial machinery, equipment and processes. Companies have an obligation to comply with applicable regulatory lockout tagout standards, establish methods for achieving a zero energy state and prevent the inadvertent (accidental or negligent) startup of machinery, equipment or processes in order to protect electrical workers.

Lockout tagout standards provides for decision-making flexibility regarding hazardous energy control. "Other Methods", when used, are based upon risk assessment and application of the classic hazard control hierarchy.
Every workplace requires constant maintenance. Installation, repair, and servicing of equipment and machines, although routine, always holds an element of danger for personnel performing the tasks.

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Injury can occur as a result of the inadvertent startup of machines, equipment or processes, contact with live circuits or an unexpected release of stored energy.
Avoid these hazards. Effective lockout procedures isolate energy and control machinery and equipment - helping to protect the operators, maintenance personnel and the machines themselves.

Our Lockout Tagout Training course guides you through appropriate lockout - energy control procedures, how and when to use them - and guidelines on safe restart.

Lockout Tagout Training For Authorized Employees
Employees who perform the following types of work must be trained:

  • Servicing or maintenance of machines or equipment where the unexpected start-up, activation or release of stored energy could cause injury.
  • Operations where an employee is required to remove or bypass a guard or other safety device.
  • Operations where an employee is required to place any part of his or her body into an area of the machine where work is actually performed upon the material being processed, or where a similar danger zone exists during the machine operating cycle.
  • Work on equipment where an energy source itself poses a hazard to the employee (e.g., electrical systems) that must be controlled for the work to be performed safely.
  • Entry into confined spaces, such as vats or tanks, where the supply lines for chemicals, gases or other materials into the space must be blocked and locked out to prevent the introduction of these materials into the space while employees are performing work.

If an employee's duties include performing work covered by this program, they must be trained as an authorized employee. The training for authorized employees involves both classroom and on-the-job training.

Training must be performed before the employee is assigned duties involving work that will require lockout/tagout (LOTO). An employee undergoing on-the-job training who has demonstrated the ability to perform duties safely at his or her level of training, and who is under the direct supervision of an authorized person, is considered to be an authorized person for the purpose of those duties.

Retraining will be performed whenever inspections conducted by the employee’s supervisor indicate that an employee has not retained the necessary knowledge or skills to effectively use established lockout/tagout procedures. Retraining will also be performed whenever there is a change in job assignments, when new machines, equipment or processes are introduced that present a new hazard, or when the energy control procedures change. When an employee is to work on new or unfamiliar systems or equipment, the employee’s supervisor must provide additional training on the hazards involved and the energy control procedures that are to be followed.

Training on Lockout Tagout Devices
If tagout devices are used, further training on tagout systems need to emphasize that:

  • Tags are warning devices only and do not provide a physical restraint that lockout devices provide
  • Tags must not be removed without the authorized employee’s approval and should never be bypassed, ignored, or otherwise defeated
  • Tags must be legible and understandable by all employees
  • Tags must be able to withstand environmental conditions in the workplace
  • Tags may give employees a false sense of security
  • Tags must be securely attached to prevent inadvertent or accidental detachment

Lockout/Tagout Training General requirements
Training must ensure that the purpose and function of your energy control plan are understood and that employees gain the needed knowledge and skills to safely apply, use, and remove hazardous energy controls. Minimum training must include:

  • Authorized employees must be able to recognize:
  • hazardous energy sources
  • types and magnitudes of energy in the workplace
  • methods and means necessary to isolate and control the energy

Affected employees must be instructed on the:

  • purpose and use of your energy control procedures

Other employees must be instructed about:

  • the energy control procedure in general
  • prohibitions relating to attempts to restart/reenergize equipment

Lockout Tagout Training - Control of Hazardous Electrical Energy - Lockout and Other Methods was developed due to a lack of understanding and measurable consistency in the field regarding Lockout principles and also by the rapidly changing technology and automation related to complex industrial machinery. This standard establishes requirements and performance objectives for procedures, techniques, designs and methods for the effective control of Hazardous Energy.

Full-Day Lockout Tagout Training Course
Introduction to Lockout:

  • Purpose of Lockout
  • Definitions - According to CSA Z460
  • Importance of Following Lockout Procedures
  • Identification of Hazardous Energy/Stored Energy
  • Energy Isolating Devices
  • Performing Lockout = Who and When

Developing an Effective Lockout Program:

  • Methods of Control
  • Hazardous Energy Control Procedures (Placards)
  • Lockout Procedures Elements
  • Lockout Devices and Associated Hardware
  • Elements of Energy Control
  • Provisions for Energy Control Interruption
  • Lock and Tag Removal Worker Absent
  • Outside Contractors
  • Individual Lockout
  • Group Lockout
  • Complex Group Lockout
  • Shift or Personnel Changes
  • Communication and Training

Other Hazardous Energy Control Methods:

  • Appropriate tasks for other Control Methods
  • Risk Assessments for Other Hazardous
  • Energy Control Hierarchy of Other Hazardous
  • Energy Control Implementation

Other Hazardous Energy Control Methods:

  • Engineered Safegaurds
  • Control System INtegrity
  • Lockout and Other Control Methods-Decision Matrix
  • Hazardous Energy Control Decision Logic

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