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:
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.
Before you start any repairs on a machine or tool, it must be disconnected from its power source:
In-line disconnect switches:
Before you start repairs on a machine it must be disconnected from its power source and locked out.
Main control panel switches:
Machines or devices controlled from main panels must be disconnected and locked out prior to doing any repairs.
Steam, Air, Gas and Hydraulic and Gravity Powered Devices and Machinery:
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.