Lockout/Tagout for safety!
a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey on injuries related to servicing
equipment, 80 percent of workers surveyed failed to turn off the equipment
before performing the service work.
There is a difference between turning
off a machine and actually disengaging a piece of equipment. When turning
off a control switch, you are opening a circuit; however, there is still
electrical energy at the switch, and a short in the switch or someone
turning on the machine may start it running again.
Failure to lock out and block out machinery before working on it is a
major cause of injury and death in the United States.
Workers can be electrocuted or lose fingers, hands, arms, or suffer severe crushing injuries because machinery is inadvertently turned on while being serviced or maintained. These injuries can be prevented by establishing an effective lockout program.
An effective lockout/tagout program should include the following:
1. An inspection of equipment by a trained individual who is thoroughly familiar with the equipment operation and associated hazards
2. Identification and labeling of lockout devices
3. Purchase of locks, tags, and blocks
4. A standard written operating procedure that is followed by all employees
For questions or concerns on lockout tagout or safety
at NMSU, call EH&S at 575-646-3327. (http://safety.nmsu.edu)