WAC 296-803-50035: Meet these requirements when removing lockout or tagout devices and energizing the machine or equipment


Published: 2015

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Meet these requirements when removing lockout or tagout devices and energizing the machine or equipment.









You must:
• Make sure the authorized employee does the following before removing any lockout or tagout device:
– Inspects the work area to make sure nonessential items have been removed;
– Verifies the machine or equipment is in operating condition and ready to energize;
AND
– Check that employees in the area are in positions that make it safe to energize the machine or equpiment.
• Make sure only the authorized employee who applied a lockout or tagout device removes it.

Exemption:
The employer may have the lockout or tagout device removed by someone other than the authorized employee who applied it if all of the following conditions are met:

 
• The energy control program has documented, specific procedures and training for this situation.

 
• You can show that the specific procedures used are as safe as having the device removed by the authorized employee who applied it.

 
• The specific procedures include at least the following:

 
– Verifying the authorized employee who applied the device is not at the facility.

 
– Making all reasonable efforts to contact and inform the authorized employee that the lockout or tagout device is being removed.

 
– Making sure the authorized employee is informed, before resuming work at the facility, that the lockout or tagout device has been removed.

You must:
• Do the following before energizing or starting the machine or equipment:
– Notify affected employees that the lockout or tagout devices have been removed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 04-15-105, § 296-803-50035, filed 7/20/04, effective 11/1/04.]

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