OSHA's Lockout/Tagout standard includes requirements for releasing machines or equipment that have been locked out or tagged out prior to restoring energy to the equipment and using it.
Before lockout or tagout devices are removed and energy is restored, there are some procedures the authorized employee must follow:
There are some things an employer must do if a worker who didn't apply the lockout/tagout device actually removes the device.
The person in charge must accomplish three actions listed below:
In some circumstances, workers need to temporarily restore energy to a machine or piece of equipment during servicing or maintenance to test and /or reposition the machine or piece of equipment. Lockout or tagout devices may be removed temporarily in order to perform these tasks. However, it is important to know that you may not use an abbreviated procedure during the release - test - restore sequence. You must use full lockout/tagout procedures anytime you release from lockout/tagout or restore equipment after testing and positioning.
Below is the sequence of action that must occur in the temporary removal of the lockout/tagout devices:
You should have an additional energy-control procedure to protect workers if they must restart equipment after long-term shutdowns. Determine who will be responsible for monitoring any lockout and tagout devices that control energy to the equipment. Include steps in the procedure for protecting workers if they need to remove or change parts while the equipment is shut down. Do not restart equipment until you are absolutely certain that it is working properly.
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