Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) is a critical component for safeguarding employees who operate and maintain equipment. The majority of The Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) citations result from improper or lack of Lockout/Tagout procedures, documentation, annual inspections or other elements.
Electrical Safety Specialists (ESS) will take the aggravation out of developing your Lockout/Tagout procedures by optimizing your lockout/tagout program to help you save lives, time, and money. In a short time, ESS will bring your facility up to compliance and train employees nationwide, which will allow you more time to deal with other issues.
There are three steps that ESS uses for a comprehensive Lockout/Tagout procedure:
Step One: Review of existing procedures and onsite data collection
The first step is to identify all equipment located throughout your facility that will require LOTO procedures. The information of that equipment will be gathered and entered into Electrical Safety Specialists customized LOTO software. During this step our technicians will identify and capture images of the equipment, all hazardous energy sources, and lockout points.
Step 2 – Building Customized LOTO Procedures and customer review
The equipment procedures will be developed in accordance with OSHA CFR 29 1910.147 based on the information that was collected during step 1. The procedures for each piece of equipment will clearly and specifically identify the scope and the process which needs to be performed to help increase employee understanding and safety. Procedures will be sent the customer for review to ensure accuracy and approval for printing.
Step 3 – Installation of placards and Lockout/Tagout training
ESS will print, laminate, and install LOTO procedure placards on each piece of equipment. Various mounting styles will be utilized depending upon the environment, location, and type of equipment. During the label application an ESS technician will also provide training for authorized and affected employees. This is generally a four-hour training.
ESS offers different types of Lockout/Tagout training nationwide, at your facility.
OSHA requires two types of training for lockout/tagout.
· Authorized employee: An employee who locks or tags machines or equipment in order to perform servicing or maintenance.
· Affected employee: An employee who is required to use machines or equipment on which servicing is performed under the Lockout/Tagout standard or who performs other job responsibilities in an area where such servicing is performed.
Authorized Employee Training
Authorized employee typically consists of maintenance workers, electricians, and outside contractors. Authorized employee training will gain knowledge of when and how to apply lockout/tagout, how to handle group lockout, and shift change. Authorized employees are the ones who will lockout and service the machines.
Affected Employee Training
Affected employee typically consists of administrative staff and machine operators that work near the machines. Affected employee training will consists of their responsibilities to the program and the scope and purpose of the lockout/tagout program.
Based in the heartland, just outside of Kansas City, Electrical Safety Specialists can be anywhere in the United States in a matter of hours. With a long list of return clients ranging from healthcare, universities, space industry, manufacturing, to industrial, we pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships in the Electrical Safety Industry. Our belief in safety first and delivering the highest quality of workmanship possible gives us the opportunity to serve for years to come.