Lockout/Tagout Policy

Related Guideline:
Lockout/Tagout Guidelines

Effective:  September 2000
Reviewed:  July 2017
Revised:  July 2017
Signature/Position: Vice-President, Finance, Administration and Risk

Applicable Legislation:

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), R.S.O. 1990
O. Reg. 213/91 1991(as amended), Construction Projects
O. Reg. 851 R.R.O. 1990 (as amended), Industrial Establishments

Applicability

The Lockout/Tagout Policy applies to all Departments of the University, and maintenance contractors who perform the servicing or maintaining of equipment, machinery, or pressure systems

Policy Statements

  1. Departments shall establish and implement their own written Lockout/Tagout procedures that set out the requirements for lockout or tagout during the servicing or maintenance of equipment, machinery, or pressure systems.
  2. Contractors shall be required to document and implement their own Lockout/Tagout procedures that set out the requirements for lockout or tagout during the servicing or maintenance of equipment, machinery, or pressure systems where the University is deemed as the employer.
  3. The University shall provide appropriate Lockout/Tagout training for staff who perform the servicing or maintaining of equipment, machinery, or pressure systems.
  4. All maintenance contractors and their staff who perform the servicing or maintenance of equipment, machinery, or pressure systems at University facilities shall have appropriate training.
  5. When equipment, machinery, or pressure systems cannot be locked out, Supervisors shall develop a written job-specific Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) to provide an equivalent level of safety to that provided by a lockout procedure.
Glossary:
Lockout A combination of locks with keys to hold an energy-isolating device in a safe position to prevent energizing of the machine or equipment. Lockout devices include padlocks, restraining bars, and multiple lockout hasps.
Tagout A system which utilizes durable warning signs that notifies workers not to operate equipment, machinery, or pressure systems until the signs are removed.