1910.147(c)(1) Energy Control Program (300 violations)
The employer shall establish a program consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment where the unexpected energizing, startup, or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or equipment shall be isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative.
The purpose of the energy control program is to provide written policies and rules within your safety management system. This regulation addresses the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment that will prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform servicing and maintenance activities. The way the procedure is documented can make a big difference to the person trying to carry it out correctly. The different types of procedure documentation is up to each company to determine which documentation format is going to be most effective for your employees and equipment.
When authorized employees are locking out equipment, it’s generally recommended to utilize a graphical format. Graphical procedures tend to provide the clearest, most easily accessible and visually appealing guidance. Proper location and identification of all energy sources is also essential.
1910.147(d) Application Control (185 violations)
The established procedures for the application of energy control (the lockout or tagout procedures) shall cover the following elements and actions and shall be done in the following sequence.