Lockout/Tagout in California for the Authorized Employee

Course Description:

This session is designed to help you understand what lockout/tagout is and how to put effective procedures into place to protect you and your fellow employees. We’ll be focusing on California’s regulatory lockout/tagout procedures when it comes to cleaning, repairing, servicing, setup, and adjusting operations on machines or equipment that are capable of unexpectedly starting up and causing injury or death.
Course Duration: 20 minutes

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.

Key Points:

At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize hazardous energy sources
  • Explain how machinery and equipment can cause accidents (or injuries)
  • Recall the lockout/tagout responsibilities of an authorized employee
  • Compare and contrast lockout and tagout devices and procedures
  • Order the steps of lockout/tagout procedures

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