Lockout tagout program is an important component of your safety practices for keeping your workplace safe and OSHA-compliant. It serves to protect workers from uncontrolled hazardous energy that may escape from machinery or equipment during isolation, servicing, or maintenance. As a result, it is critical that workers have access to correct lockout tagout supplies, as well as proper LOTO training, in their work areas.
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Can heavy-duty nylon cable ties replace lockout devices?
Heavy-duty nylon cable ties are not suitable alternatives for substantial lockout supplies, such as locks and chains. According to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(5)(i), energy isolating devices "shall be substantial enough to prevent removal without the use of excessive force or unusual techniques, such as with the use of bolt cutters or other metal cutting tools."
Additionally, cable ties are not constructed in such a way that they require bolt cutters or other metal-cutting instruments to remove. Instead, they are generally removable by using standard cutting tools.
What are the different types of electrical lockout devices?
There are 4 main types of electrical lockout devices, each with its specific application:
Circuit Breaker or MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker) Lockout Device – this lockout device uses a snap or clamp mechanism to lock circuit breakers in the OFF position. It is then secured with a suitable padlock to prevent unauthorized removal.
Plug Lockout Device – this lockout device encloses the prong-end of a plug, making it impossible to be plugged into a power source. It’s made with durable, lightweight, dielectric thermoplastic bodies.
Pendant Lockout Device – is a lockout bag capable of locking out large electrical connectors, oddly-shaped plugs, crane pendant controls, elevator controllers, and more. It has a flexible, durable, and high-quality rip-stop polyester/nylon bag, secured by multiple padlocks or hasps.
Electrical Panel Lockout Device – is a lockout device used to lock electrical panel buttons and switches that do not have a built-in lockout feature. It has removable push-button and rotary switch covers, with transparent bases and coverings that allow nameplates and labels to be seen.
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People Also Ask
What is considered an energy isolating device?
An isolating device is a mechanical device that physically prevents energy from being transmitted or released. Examples of isolating devices include circuit breakers, valves, switches, and other blocks.
Mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, electrical, thermal, and other energy sources are examples of hazardous energy sources. These energy sources need to be isolated during repairs or maintenance to prevent unexpected re-energization.
Are all energy isolating devices capable of being locked out?
An energy isolating device can be locked out if it meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Is with a hasp or other means of attachment to which a lock can be affixed
- Has a built-in locking mechanism
- Can be locked without the need to dismantle, rebuild, replace, or permanently alter its energy control capability
When can another employee’s lockout lock be removed?OSHA 1910.147(e)(3) states that only the authorized employee who applied the lockout/tagout device is permitted to remove it after the LOTO procedure is over. However, if the authorized employee who initially applied the lockout tagout device is not available, then another employee supervised by the employer can remove the lockout/tagout device provided that specific procedures and training for such process have been developed, documented, and incorporated into the employer’s energy control program. Furthermore, the specific procedure shall include at least the following elements set by OSHA:
- The employer has fully verified that the authorized employee who initially applied the lockout tagout device is not at the facility.
- All reasonable efforts are made to contact the authorized employee to inform him/her that the lockout tagout device has been removed.
- The authorized has been informed before he/she resumes work.
What is the difference between affected and authorized employees?
OSHA 1910.147(b) differentiates an affected employee to an authorized employee.
An affected employee is an employee whose job requires to operate or utilize a machine or piece of equipment on which lockout or tagout servicing or maintenance is being done, or to work in an area where such servicing or maintenance is being performed.
On the other hand, an authorized employee is a person who locks out or tags out machines or equipment so that servicing or maintenance can be performed on it.When an affected employee's duties involve conducting service or maintenance covered OSHA 1910.147(b), that employee becomes an authorized employee.