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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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