To prevent the unexpected from occurring - serious injury, or death - an energy control program must be implemented before servicing, repairs, maintenance, or the set-up of machines, and equipment. OSHA describes the standard as, "Employers must establish an energy control program, consisting of energy control procedures, employee training, and periodic inspections to ensure that before service and maintenance is performed, machines and equipment that could unexpectedly startup, become energized, or release stored energy, are isolated from their energy source(s) and rendered safe [29 CFR 1910.147(a)(3)(i)
]." In order to create a successful safety program, review these seven steps to ensure your company has an effective lockout/tagout
program. The program identifies products used to achieve a safe working environment, such as STOPOUT® products, tags, labels, signs, and everything else you may need to promote safety in the workplace.