Lockout

STANDARDS

WCB Regulations 3.23, 3.24(1), 10.3 and the Okanagan College Lockout Policy and Procedures apply.

REG. 3.23

Every supervisor shall be responsible for the proper instruction of workers under his direction and control and for ensuring that their work is performed without undue risk.

REG. 3.24(1)

No person shall carry out or cause to be carried out any work process or operate or cause to be operated any tool, appliance or equipment when that person has reasonable cause to believe that to do so would create an undue hazard to the health or safety of any person.

REG. 10.3

If machinery is shut down for maintenance or repairs, no work may be done until:

  • all parts and attachments have been secured against inadvertent movement
  • where the work will expose workers to energy sources, the hazard has been effectively controlled
  • the energy isolating devices have been locked out as required by this Part

SCOPE

This policy and the lockout procedures shall be followed by authorized Okanagan College employees. Contractors are required to follow this procedure. The Okanagan College administrator responsible for the contractor(s) shall provide the contractor(s) with a copy of this policy and the procedures prior to the contractor(s) commencing work.

LOCK OUT POLICY

1.1. Only authorized and adequately trained employees may work on machinery, equipment and other powered devices.

1.2. Employees must follow the appropriate established Okanagan College Lockout procedures during all maintenance activities. There are five lockout procedures:

  • In-line plugs (soft lockout)
  • In-line disconnect switches
  • volt-220 volt breaker panels
  • Main control panel switches
  • Steam, air, gas, hydraulic and gravity powered devices and machinery

1.3. All authorized employees must isolate the power supply by following the appropriate Okanagan College Lockout procedure(s) where the starting of the machine or inadvertent movement of the machine or its parts, could cause injury to a person.

1.4. Each authorized employee must use locks assigned to him/her, and labeled with his/her name. Physical Plant employees may use their I.D.numbers to identify their locks.

1.5. An employee must not borrow another persons lock nor allow another person to borrow his/her assigned lock(s).

1.6. If you require additional locks, obtain them from the Department Chair or if you are in Physical Plant, from the Manager, Physical Plant.

1.7. If more than one person is working on a machine, all others will be required to attach their personal locks to the lockout device.

1.8. The person applying the first lock in a lockout procedure is responsible to immediately test to ensure that the locked-out machinery or equipment cannot be operated.

1.9. Each employee must remove his/her own lock when the maintenance procedure is completed. EMPLOYEES ARE FORBIDDEN TO REMOVE A LOCK BELONGING TO ANOTHER EMPLOYEE.

1.10. In an emergency or when the Department Chair and/or Dean or the Manager, Physical Plant and/or Physical Plant Supervisor have determined that a personal employee's lock has been inadvertently left on a machine and the work on that machine has been completed, then they are the only persons authorized to remove locks belonging to other employees.

1.10.1. The Department Chair and/or Dean or the Manager, Physical Plant and/or Physical Plant Supervisor must make every effort to contact the employee before taking any action to remove the lock and if he/she does take action he/she assumes full responsibility for removal of the lock and he/she must ensure that the machinery or equipment can be operated safely and will not endanger any employee.

1.10.2. The Department Chair and/or the Manager, Physical Plant must also ensure that before the employee returns to work he/she is informed that his/her lock has been removed.

1.11. Where more than one lock has been used in a lockout procedure, the removal of the last lock is a serious act. Prior to removing the last lock, the employee is responsible to ensure that the machinery or equipment can be operated safely and without endangering any other person.

1.12. All outside contractors working for Okanagan College and students enrolled at Okanagan College shall follow the Okanagan College lockout procedures and shall use Okanagan College locks assigned to him/her.

1.13. The Department Chairs, where applicable, and the Manager, Physical Plant when the maintenance to be done is under the direction or control of Physical Plant, shall ensure that the lockout procedures are maintained, enforced and made available to all students, employees, and contractors.

1.14. 110 volt-220 volt lighting breaker panels need not be locked out for the purpose of general maintenance of lighting systems. Industry safe work practices will apply.

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LOCKOUT PROCEDURE

In-line plugs:

Before you start any repairs on a machine or tool, it must be disconnected from its power source:

  • Press off button or move switch to the off position.
  • Make sure the machine has completely stopped.
  • Disconnect the power supply by unplugging the machine.
  • Place the male end of the plug on the machine. The male end of the plug must be visible to the person doing the repairs.
  • DO NOT leave the male end of the plug on the floor.
  • Try the start button to make sure the machine is out of operation.
  • Push stop button to ensure machine is off when power is restored.
  • Proceed with the necessary work.
  • Plug the machine back in only when the work is finished.

In-line disconnect switches:

Before you start repairs on a machine it must be disconnected from its power source and locked out.

  • Press button to stop machine.
  • Make sure the machine has stopped.
  • Make sure you have the correct in-line disconnect switch.
  • Apply your safety lockout clip to the in-line disconnect switch.
  • Apply your own lock with your Name/I.D. number on it.
  • Try the start button to make sure the machine is out of operation.
  • Push the stop button to ensure machine is off when power is restored.
  • Proceed with the necessary work.
  • Remove your lock only when the work is finished.

Main control panel switches:

Machines or devices controlled from main panels must be disconnected and locked out prior to doing any repairs.

  • Press button to stop machine. Make sure the machine is stopped.
  • Make sure you have the correct main manual control.
  • Standing to the side of the main control switch, turn your face away from the switch and activate the switch with your left hand.
  • Apply a safety clip to the main switch.
  • Apply your own lock with your Name/I.D. number on it.
  • Try the start button to make sure the machine is out of operation.
  • Push the stop button to ensure machine is off when power is restored.
  • Proceed with the necessary work.
  • Remove your lock only when the work is finished.

Steam, Air, Gas and Hydraulic and Gravity Powered Devices and Machinery:

  • The appropriate lockout procedure for electrically powered machinery and tools shall be followed.
  • Where a machine or device is connected to a piping system containing hazardous material, the supply valve must be closed and locked out prior to work. Where piping may introduce hazardous products during the repair process, the piping shall be disconnected, or effective blanks or blinds installed. Blocking and/or restraints shall be put into place to prevent any elevated parts from falling during repairs.
  • Residual or stored energy must be relieved or restrained prior to repair work commencing.
  • Commence repairs when all lockout devices, blinds or blanks are in place.

110 Volt - 220 Volt Breaker Panels:

Where electrical devices or electrically powered machinery is powered from a breaker panel, the breaker shall be locked out prior to repair work commencing.

  • If it is a piece of machinery that is to be worked on, push the stop button.
  • Ensure the machine has stopped.
  • Make sure you have the correct breaker. Turn the breaker to the off position.
  • Apply your own lock to the individual circuit breaker lockout device, or if the panel door is equipped with a lockable hasp, close the door and place your own lock on the hasp. Test the electrical device or push the start button on the machine to ensure that the power is disconnected. Proceed with the necessary work.
  • Remove your lock and lockout tag only when the work is completed.

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