Control Hazardous Energy
Exposure to hazardous energy happens from the unexpected energization or start-up of machines, equipment, or systems. This can cause death or serious injury. Hazardous energy is defined as:
- electrical energy
- thermal energy,
- mechanical energy,
- hydraulic energy,
- pneumatic energy,
- chemical energy, and
- ionizing and non-ionizing radiation energy.
OSHA and Lockout Tagout (LOTO)
in order to prevent serious injuries and potential death, OSHA has specific program requirements for the control of hazardous energy of permanently-wired equipment. Anyone who is servicing or maintaining equipment that is hard-wired should talk to their Laboratory Safety Coordinator and find out what required procedures must be in place and what training is required in order to properly Control Hazardous Energy.
This OSHA standard does not apply to electrically-powered machines that can be completely disconnected by unplugging a cord if the cord is under the exclusive control of the person doing the maintenance or repairs.
UVM Physical Plant department has developed UVM’s best resource for guiding departments through having both a written program and written procedures. A hazard analysis is first required to confirm the presence of hazardous energy. If hazardous energy is confirmed, the appropriate lockout procedure must be documented and used.