In industrial, agricultural and manufacturing environments, workers routinely work around a variety of potentially hazardous types of energy. Whenever machinery or equipment involves one of these hazardous energies and must be installed, repaired or shutdown for routine maintenance, these forms of energy must be locked out, blocked or released to ensure the machinery does not turn on or move. To protect workers in these situations, the Ontario Ministry of Labour and Occupational Health and Safety Act (as per CSA Z460-05 R2010 and O. Regulation 632/05) require employers ensure that proper Lockout-Tagout procedures are used whenever and wherever necessary. To help you comply with federal and provincial regulations as they relate to lockout-tagout procedures, 1 Contact Safety offers a comprehensive training program that covers all the knowledge and information you and your employees will require.
Who Should Take LOTO Training:
Lockout Tagout training is a common feature for workers involved in roles such as electricians, HVAC/AC technicians, maintenance technicians, industrial equipment operators and heavy equipment mechanics among others. However, anyone involved in planning, supervising or performing any kind of work that may potentially expose them to hazardous energy types listed above will benefit from the contents of this course including employers, supervisors and workers. Fortunately, 1 Contact Safety offers a training program that covers both the theoretical and practical components of Lockout Tagout procedure and safety requirements. Click below to schedule your training session today:
Ensure that employees are properly informed and trained on the potential safety hazards and proper lockout procedures;
Provide training and refresher courses according to the minimum frequency requirements;
Ensure that any worker, supervisor or employee working within confined spaces are provided with training on how to identify and deal with the related hazards of such work;
Workplace specific training must be provide for employees in any workplace that is identified as a “project site”;
For farming operations, employers are to provide training on proper lockout procedures on each type of equipment used;
Keep up-to-date and accurate records on which employees received training, when the training was conducted and who provided the training; and
Training provided must also be developed in consultation with a health and safety representative or a member of the joint health and safety committee.
What is a Lockout / Tagout?
To lockout a machine or piece of equipment is to physically prevent the transmission of hazardous energy sources while it is being installed, move, repaired or maintained. Essentially, a lockout is a way to control hazardous energy sources and isolate them - and the associated risks - from workers. In practice, to lockout a piece of equipment is to isolate the hazardous energy from the equipment, machinery or process and physically lock the system in a safe mode. Lockouts come in a number of different forms and is something that manually disconnects the power source like a circuit breaker, line valve or block.
A tagout always accompanies a lockout and serves to inform other workers that the machinery, equipment or process has been locked out for safety reasons. As the name suggests, a tagout generally involves attached a tag, attachment, information sheet or indicator and must include information such as:
Why the lockout/tagout is taking place, whether it is for maintenance, repair, installation or routine shutdown;
The time that the lockout-tagout occurred; and,
The name of the authorized personnel that originally attached the tag and locked out the system.
Note that the only person that is authorized to remove a tag from the piece of equipment is the person that originally attached it and locked the system down in the first place. This practice is meant to prevent accidents and/or deaths that could result from the machine being turned back on while someone is still in an unsafe position.