Draft Safety Policy
Washington University School of Medicine
Facilities Management Department
Lock Out/Tag Out
Campus Health and Safety Policy
Protection of employees is required from the unexpected energization or start up of machines or equipment or the
release of stored energy which could cause injury while performing servicing or maintenance activity.
Impact on Campus Community
Any department having employees who may be injured by electrical shock, sudden movement of machinery, or
other types of energy release must have a program in place, including training to prevent such events.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.147
Programs and procedures are required for affixing appropriate lockout devices or tagout devices to energy isolating
devices, and to otherwise disable machines or equipment to prevent unexpected energization, start-up or release of
stored energy in order to prevent injury to employees.
University departments must establish an energy control program that includes written procedures for the control of
potentially hazardous energy when employees are engaged in maintenance and/or servicing activities. The program
procedures must clearly outline the scope, purpose, authorization, rules, and techniques to be used for the control of
Training is to be provided to insure that the purpose and function of the energy control program (Lock Out/Tag Out)
are understood by employees and that the knowledge and skill necessary for the safe application, usage and removal
of energy controls are acquired by employees. The training is to include the following:
Recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources, including type and magnitude and the required methods
and means necessary for energy isolation and control.
The purpose and use of the energy control procedure.
Communication to other employees whose work operations are or may be in the area where energy control
procedures are utilized pertaining to the requirements of the energy control program.
Additional training where Tag Out systems are used rather than Lock Out systems, based on the limitations of
Notification whenever outside servicing personnel are engaged in energy control programs.
When training is required:
Employees must be trained when hired to work in areas using the energy control program. They must also be trained
relative to the specific machinery and equipment and upon change within crew, craft, department or shift.
Certification shall be provided that training has been accomplished and is being kept up to date. This certification
shall contain each employee's name and dates of training. Records must be kept for five years.