According to OSHA, energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers.

During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers. QualSafe can help your team to know and understand the hazards associated with potential energy sources in the workplace, and the required actions to be taken to prevent the unexpected release of potential energy.  Failure to implement appropriate lock-out / tag-out procedures remains one of the most common causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in general industry as well as construction.  Craft workers, machine operators, electricians, boilermakers, pipefitters, and laborers are among the 3 million workers who service equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury.

Failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of serious accidents in the workplace.  Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases that are often fatal.  We offer LOTO training that meets the requirements of the OSHA standards and other best-practices. The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147) for general industry outlines measures for controlling different types of hazardous energy. The LOTO standard establishes the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from hazardous energy. Employers are also required to train each worker to ensure that they know, understand, and are able to follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures.

Upon completion of QualSafe lock-out / tag-out training, you and your team will be ready to thoroughly evaluate your workplace and identify potential energy sources, understand the OSHA requirements regarding control of hazardous energy sources, and implement appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of all employees. Our training includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Lock-out / tag-out devices
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Training requirements – affected and other employees
  • Energy sources
  • Safe procedures for control of hazardous energy
  • Procedures relative to individual pieces of equipment.
  • Energy source identification
  • Procedures for shift and personnel changes
  • Communication
  • Group lock-out / tag-out procedures
  • Individual lock-out / tag-out procedures
  • Procedures for removal of a lock when the person the lock was assigned to is not present
  • Inspection requirements
  • Lock-box protocols and procedures
  • Blanking / blinding
  • Capping
  • Line breaking
  • Isolation
  • Specialized lockout devices
  • Valves – types and applications
  • Electrical, steam, liquid and gas sources
  • The differences in stored energy and static energy
  • Documentation requirements
  • Lock-box protocols and procedures

Call QualSafe to learn how our highly skilled professionals can prepare your team! Let us schedule lock-out / tag-out training for your team today!