Lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures can be aggravation-free with Electrical Safety Specialists (ESS), who will optimize 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 which will allow you more time to deal with other issues.
The majority of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations result from improper or lack of lockout/tagout procedures, documentation, annual inspections or other elements. Lockout/tagout is a critical component for safeguarding employees who operate and maintain equipment. 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 training 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.
Lockout/Tagout Annual Audits
OSHA and NFPA 70E require that all procedures in the facility shall be audited annually to ensure it accuracy of the equipment’s energy sources, as well as audits of authorized employees to ensure they understand their responsibilities and proper techniques of the lockout/tagout procedures. Annual audits identify and correct deficiencies in the procedures, program, and employee performance. This can be a daunting task for many facilities as adequate time, resources, and tools are seldom available.
ESS offers Annual Lockout Program Audits:
· Audit of written lockout policy.
· Audit of equipment or machine specific lockout procedures, to ensure each procedure accurately reflects the equipment’s energy sources.
· Audit of authorized and affected employee lockout work procedures and processes.
Nationwide Electrical Safety Training and Design
Based in the heartland, just outside of Kansas City, Electrical Safety Specialists can be anywhere in the US 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. ESS will provide the necessary training to maintain your lockout/tagout procedures for years to come.