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The purpose of the Lockout/Tagout program at Seattle University (SU) is to establish procedures to ensure that all machines or equipment are stopped and isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and locked out before employees perform any servicing or maintenance where unexpected energizing or start up of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury, such as an unexpected release of steam.
The procedures in this program apply to any energy source in which direct or stored energy could cause injury to employees at SU. These energy sources include, but are not limited to, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal energy.
All effected employees are required to comply with this program. Because of the potential deadly nature of uncontrolled energized equipment or machines, strict disciplinary procedures will be followed for employees violating these rules. .
All employees will be made aware of the provisions of this program as those provisions apply to the employee’s role.
An employee who locks out or tags out machines or equipment in order to service or maintain that machine.
An employee whose job requires him/her to operate or use a machine or equipment on which service or maintenance is being performed under lockout or tagout, or whose job requires him/her to work in an area in which such service or maintenance is being performed.
Whenever a Seattle University employee encounters or observes a machine control or electrical panel switch that has been locked out or tagged out, no attempt shall be made to start the machine or activate the switch. The proper procedure is to contact the person whose name is on the tag or lock. That person may remove the lock or tag.
It is expressly forbidden for any person, other than a supervisor or the one who installed the tag or lockout, to remove the lock or activate a tagged power panel, valve, switch, or piece of power equipment. Failure to follow this procedure could result in serious damage, injury or even loss of life and may result in disciplinary action.
All employees who service and/or maintain equipment or machines, or who must remove or bypass guarding during normal production activities, will be trained in this program. Training records containing the employee’s name and date of training must be retained by the supervisor and placed in the employee’s personnel file.
Authorized employee training will include:
Affected employee training will include:
Retraining will be provided when periodic inspection reveals that an employee may not be aware of procedures, or whenever there is a change in job assignments; a change in machine, equipment, process or a change in energy control procedures that presents a new hazard.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator is responsible for assisting supervisors in arranging employee training and retraining programs on this procedure.
The project or contract manager will notify outside contractors whose employees are engaged in activities that require lockout/tagout of the policy and procedures used within the University. All contractors must abide by the University’s lockout/tagout procedures as a condition of their contract.
Outside contractors desiring to use their own locks or tags must first obtain approval from the Director of Facilities Operations and provide SU with a master key for emergency purposes.
Each lock or tag must be identified with:
If more than one person is working on the equipment, each worker must place his or her own lock and tag on the control or switch. A multiple user hasp may be used in cases where more than one person is working on the equipment. In such places where multiple locks are not possible, each employee should affix his/her own tag to the single lock that is in place. If the control or switch is always in sight, the worker may choose to use a tag on the control or switch.
Before starting work, press the “on” switch to make sure that the equipment cannot be started, set in motion or energized by alternate power sources or stored energy. Where there is potential exposure to electrical wiring, test all poles or lines of the power source to ensure that they are all disconnected.
When the job is finished, each worker must remove his or her lock and tag. One worker must not remove the lock or tag of another worker.
In some circumstances supervisors may need to remove or grant permission to remove a worker’s lock or tag. This may only be done after a thorough inspection has been made of
the area, by the supervisor, to assure that no person will be exposed to dangers as a result of activating the system.
The supervisor must insure that the person whose name is on the lock or tag is contacted and notified that their lock or tag is being or has been removed.
Each padlock will have only one key used by the employee, a master kept with the University Locksmith, and one which must be retained by the supervisor. If a key is lost, report it immediately to the supervisor.
The following procedures must be followed when locking and tagging equipment to work on.
Locks and tags may ONLY be removed by the authorized employee who initially put them in place except as noted in this chapter. Before the last lock/tag is removed from machinery or equipment, all of the following conditions that apply must be completed.
The authorized employee must check to insure that all other employees have been safely positioned or removed from the area.
The authorized employee must notify effected employees that the servicing or maintenance is completed and the machine or equipment is ready for use.
Remove the lock/tag.
In very unusual cases, a supervisor may remove a lock/tag installed by an authorized employee. The supervisor must verify the following:
If another employee or person at SU comes across a machine or equipment that has been locked/tagged out and that machine or equipment must be operated, the authorized employee who placed the lock/tag must be contacted.
If the locked/tagged equipment must be operated during normal working hours, notify the Director of Facilities Operations at x6184. Give the location of the equipment and the initials of the individual who signed the tag.
If the locked/tagged equipment must be operated outside of normal working hours, notify Campus Public Safety at extension x5990. CPS will contact the Director of Facilities Operations. Give the location of the equipment and the initials of the individual who signed the tag.
Under no circumstances may any SU staff other than the authorized employee who placed the lock/tag or his/her supervisor (Section 12.0) remove any locks or tags.
Failure to follow these rules may result in disciplinary action.