This session will guide you through the essential aspects of the California lockout/tagout regulatory procedures and how to work safely with hazardous energy. By the time the session is over, you will be able to recognize hazardous energy sources and know why machinery and equipment can cause accidents; understand your responsibilities as an “authorized” employee in making sure that conditions are safe; and understand the lockout/tagout process and become familiar with California’s lockout/tagout procedures and requirements.
Why “Lockout/Tagout in California for the Authorized Employee” Matters:
The release of hazardous energy from the sudden, unexpected start-up of machines and equipment is serious business. Uncontrolled energy causing the sudden and unexpected movement of a machine or any part of a machine can kill or injure you. Injuries include electrocution, burns, amputation, cuts, scalding, and crushing. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays annually for recuperation. Failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries. Proper lockout/tagout practices and procedures safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy. According to the DOL, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Employers are required to follow a lockout/tagout standard in order to maintain a written hazardous energy control program. It requires documented employee training, periodic inspections, certain equipment specifics, and defined energy control procedures. In addition, California has developed requirements for certain equipment maintenance and repair activities and accident prevention tags, which we will discuss later.
- Hazardous energy sources can cause the sudden and unexpected movement of machines that can result in serious, even fatal, accidents.
- When performing maintenance on dangerous machinery, the process of locking and tagging, or “lockout/tagout,” keeps you and your coworkers safe from the risks of hazardous energy. Just turning off a switch is not an adequate safety measure.
- Only trained “authorized” employees are permitted to use the lockout/tagout procedure.
- If machinery MUST be serviced with the power on, use extension tools or alternative approved safety measures.
- Understand your state’s requirements regarding the lockout/tagout process, and follow your workplace’s HECP.