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AMINISTRATIVE SAFETY RULE LOCK OUT TAG OUT ARTICLE PURPOSE: The purpose of this Lock out Tag out policy is to help prevent injury or loss of life to City employees from the risks associated with accidental activation of materials, equipment, or power sources. The City’s “Lock out Tag out Policy shall be in addition to all other City policies and should serve to enhance and promote a safer workplace for the City employees. The intention of this Lock out Tag out Policy is to establish a minimum level of compliance and safety standards. It will be necessary for some Departments and Divisions to expand or enhance these requirements specific to their individual workplace requisite. This policy is designed to comply with all applicable Federal regulations governing Lock out Tag out issues in the work place. The applicable federal administrative law mandated in this policy is OSHA .29 CFR 1910.147. Lock out Tag out Definition To ensure that all equipment, machines, and potentially hazardous energy sources are locked out before employees perform any servicing, maintenance or other work where unexpected energization or start-up of the equipment, machine, or energy source could cause injury. Tag out is a method of tagging or identifying a potential release of an energy source that absolutely cannot be locked out. It is the responsibility of each Department and Division Head to: To provide annual training to each employee in their respective Department or Division, establishing the minimum requirements for the lock out-tag out and energy isolation of machines and equipment. Insure that the employees in their respective Department or Division understand and can identify equipment, machines, and potentially hazardous energy sources that may release mechanical, electrical, fluid, hazardous materials, gravity, springs, and vaporous or flammable materials and devises. To ensure that each employee knows the difference between Locking out and Tagging out equipment and machinery. Tagging out is informational in nature and does not prevent the equipment and machinery from being used. Tagging out should be used only as a last method of recourse. Equipment and machinery should be modified to enable it to be locked out if possible. To train and authorize specific individual employees to lock out or tag out equipment and machinery according to the procedures described below and in OSHA Regulation 29CFR 1910. It is the employee’s responsibility in each Department and Division to: 1. Ensure that all machines and equipment are stopped, isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and locked out before employees perform any servicing or maintenance where the unexpected energization or start-up of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury. 2. Upon observing a machine or piece of equipment, which is locked out or tagged out, shall not attempt to start, energize, or use that machine or equipment. 3. Notify all affected employees that servicing or maintenance is required on machinery or equipment and must be shut down and locked out to perform the servicing or maintenance. 4. Be able to identify the type and magnitude of energy that the machine or equipment utilizes, understand the hazards of the energy, and shall know the methods to control the energy. 5. To understand and know how to shut machinery and equipment down by the normal stopping procedure. 6. To know how and to de-activate the energy isolating devices(s) so that the machine or equipment is isolated from the energy sources. 7. To lock out the energy isolating devices with an assigned specific lock . 8. To ensure that stored or residual energy (such as that in capacitors, springs, elevated machine members, rotating flywheels, hydraulic systems, and air, gas, steam, or water pressure, etc.) must be dissipated or restrained by methods such as grounding, repositioning, blocking, bleeding down, etc. 9. To ensure that the equipment is disconnected from the energy source(s) by first checking that no personnel are exposed, then verify the isolation of the equipment by operating the push button or other normal operating control(s) or by testing to make certain the equipment will not operate. 10. Returning operating control(s) to neutral or “off” position after verifying the isolation of the equipment. Restoring Equipment to Service when the servicing or maintenance is completed and the machine or equipment is ready to return to normal operating condition, the following steps shall be taken: 1. Check the machine or equipment and the immediate area around the machine to ensure that nonessential items have been removed and that the machine or equipment components are operationally intact. 2. Check the work area to ensure that all employees have been safely positioned or removed from the area. 3. Verify that the controls are in the neutral position. 4. Remove the lockout devices and re-energize the machine or equipment. Note: The removal of some forms of blocking may require re- energization of the machine before safe removal. 5. Notify affected employees that the servicing or maintenance is completed and the machine or equipment is ready for use. Failure to properly lock out or tag out equipment and machinery could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with City of Missoula personnel policies and procedures.
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