Lock-out – Tag-out – Northern Ireland

ISOLATE POWERED MACHINERY – LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT

Where maintenance requires that normal guarding is removed, or access is required inside existing guarding, then additional measures are needed to prevent danger from the mechanical, electrical and other hazards that may be exposed. There should be clear company rules on what isolation procedures are required, and in what circumstances (for example, some cleaning of mixing machinery may require isolation, even though it might not be considered a maintenance task).

The basic rules, however, are that there should be isolation from the power source (usually, but not exclusively, electrical energy), the isolator should be locked in position (for example by a padlock), and a sign should be used to indicate that maintenance work is in progress. Isolation requires use of devices that are specifically designed for this purpose; not devices such as key-lockable emergency stops or other types of switches that may be fitted to the machine. Any stored energy (hydraulic or pneumatic power, for instance) should also be dissipated before the work starts.  This process is known as lock-out/tag-out.   This course provides the candidates with the knowledge to ensure that they know when to lockout and tagout machinery and how that is achieved.

 

Course Content:

EAW Regulations

PUWER Regulations

DVD Electrical Safety – The Facts

What is Lockout / Tagout?

Who is involved in Lockout / Tagout?

The need for Lockout / Tagout

Applying Lockout / Tagout

Lockout procedures in practice

Locks and notices required

Permits to Work

Practical Sessions – Afternoon

Written Assessments / Tests

We offer this course in-house for up to eight delegates.