Lock-Out/Block-Out Planning

To comply with applicable OSHA standards, businesses are required to have a written plan on how to handle the lockout of energy isolating devices whenever maintenance or servicing is done on machines or equipment where the unexpected start-up of the machine or equipment could cause injury.

Overview: How to comply with OSHA standards (click on links for more detail)

  • Know the standard. 29 CFR 1910.147.
  • GeneralCreate a plan, (Sample Lock-Out / Block-Out Plan) to assist your business in developing procedures that meet the requirements of this standard.
  • The first steps in creating your Lockout Procedure (Plan) –Start your plan by indicating the name of your business and the devices specific to the lockout procedure. Identify whether a single procedure is appropriate or if multiple procedures are necessary based on the machinery and equipment specific to your business.
  • Purpose – The plan establishes minimum requirements for the lockout of energy isolating devices whenever maintenance or servicing is done on machines or equipment.
  • Compliance With This Program – All employees are required to comply with the restrictions and limitations imposed upon them during the use of lockout.
  • Sequence of Lock-Out
  • Restoring Equipment to Servicepg.2

 

Preparedness and knowledge of machine and equipment lock-out or block-out procedures is critical for the safety of all. You will want to designate knowledgeable personnel for oversight of your Lock-Out/Block-Out Plan.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2016 at 10:05am by Armstrong. Filed under: Disaster Preparedness
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