With an aim to train workers of different sectors to face different challenges in their every day routines, the Center for Safety and Environmental Management, Inc. (CSEM) has been offering its experienced staff’s skills and knowledge through different high-quality safety programs. Whether to industries, the corporate sector or different government agencies, different programs are designed to handle different aspects of any work, and one of these is the lockout/tagout training session.
The lockout/tagout is a safety procedure which is used to ensure that dangerous machines are shut off properly and not started again until their maintenance or service has been completed. The first part of the lockout/tagout term comes from the procedure of locking the machine with a special clasp, and then placing it in a fashion that would prevent hazardous power sources from being turned on. As for the latter part, this indicates the procedure of tagging the locked device so that it would not be turned on.
With approximately 3 million workers in danger of such a hazard, the importance of the lockout/tagout procedure arises. At CSEM, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations are taken into consideration with each course, and the lockout/tagout 29 CFR 1910.147 is no exception. The course’s main objective is to make employees aware of the hazards that accompany the control of hazardous energy.
The lockout/tagout 29 CFR 1910.147 training session consists of 4 segments. The first one is the overview, in which employees will become familiar with lockout/tagout terms and be able to recognize the energy sources in their workplaces. In addition, workers will learn how locks and tags can be used as energy isolation and control devices, as well as be trained to apply and remove locks safely.
The second part of lockout/tagout training session is all about understanding different definitions. Once this stage is completed, workers will be able to differentiate between the terms “affected” and “authorized” when it comes to employees. In addition, the definitions of lockout, tagout and energy isolation device will become clearer. Finally, they will learn service and maintenance activities that may require this procedure.
The third phase of training is mainly about energy sources. Types of energy are explained with special emphasis on kinetic energy versus potential energy. Finally, the fourth stage of the lockout/tagout training provides a guideline for the use of locks and tags as energy isolation and control devices, plus provides general procedure for safely applying and removing locks and tags, explains regulations about restarting or reenergizing locked out or tagout equipment, and points out the limitations of these devices.
With the help of proper lockout/tagout procedures, OSHA believes that more than 20,000 serious and above 30,000 minor injuries caused by uncontrolled energy can be avoided annually in over 120 facilities nationwide. CSEM’s trained professionals put forward their expertise so that workers of all levels can benefit from this training session in order to promote more safety in their workplaces and be able to return home to their families safe from harm.