Lockout/Tagout: Affected Employees

Course Description:

Although hazardous energy accidents most often involve employees actually performing service and repairs, other employees affected by these procedures can also be injured—for example, machine operators and employees working in an area where a repair or service is being performed. For this reason, all employees who work with or around machinery and equipment subject to lockout/tagout procedures must be trained to understand energy hazards and control procedures. The main objective of this session is to familiarize “affected employees” with lockout/tagout requirements and procedures as they affect their job. At the end of this training session, affected employees will be able to recognize hazardous energy sources, carry out their responsibilities related to lockout/tagout, and understand the purpose and use of energy control devises and procedures.

Course Duration: 20 Minutes

Why “Lockout/Tagout: Affected Employees” Matters:

Hazardous energy is dangerous and often deadly. Failure to lock out equipment is a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace.

There are thousands of injuries every year resulting from hazardous energy. Injuries include electrocution, burns, amputations, cuts, scalding, and crushing. Many of these injuries could be prevented by turning off equipment and making sure it stays off before servicing it. In fact, a government study showed that 80 percent of workers fail to turn off equipment before servicing it.

Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.

Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2009, lockout/tagout (general industry) ranked number 5 on the top 10 most frequently cited standards list. Lockout/tagout also ranked number 3 on the list of standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties.

Key Points:

  • Hazardous energy is dangerous and deadly. Failure to lock out equipment is a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace.
  • Lockout/tagout procedures must be used whenever unexpected start-up or stored energy release could occur.
  • Be sure to observe lockout/tagout rules; leave all devices in place while equipment is being serviced, maintained, or repaired; and wait for instructions from authorized employees before using equipment.
  • Verify that equipment is safe to operate following lockout/tagout.

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