Lockout/Tagout: Authorized Employees

Course Description:

Lockout/tagout training can save lives. Stories about employees crushed to death when heavy machinery starts up without warning are all too common. It is essential for the training in the isolation and control of hazardous energy (aka lockout/tagout) to be effective. This online lockout/tagout safety training course teaches employees to perform the responsibilities of an “authorized person.” Employees will be able to recognize hazardous energy sources, understand responsibilities to other employees, and control hazardous energy with lockout/tagout procedures.

Course Duration: 19 minutes

Why “Lockout/Tagout: Authorized Employees” Matters:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) lockout/tagout standard was the fourth most frequently violated standard in fiscal year 2003.

There were nearly 4,000 OSHA citations for lockout/tagout violations in that year.

Assessed penalties totaled nearly $3 million.

Required by 29 CFR 1910.147.

Key Points:

  • All forms of energy can be dangerous and deadly. Failure to lock out equipment is a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace. Employees need to follow safety procedures whenever they perform maintenance or service on machines and equipment.
  • Use lockout/tagout whenever there is the possibility of an unexpected start-up or release of stored energy. Don’t take chances. Remember the safety rule from before: When in doubt, lock it out!
  • Always follow the proper lockout/tagout and restart procedures. Don’t cut corners to try to save time or because you think the procedures are not necessary. The safety of everyone is at stake.
  • Finally, remember to keep all affected employees and other employees informed about lockout/tagout procedures. Let them know what you are doing and why it’s important to their safety.

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