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Have you covered these eight things in your lockout training?

by , 10 October 2013
Lockout is a safety procedure used to ensure dangerous machines are properly shut off and aren't started up again before your employee completes maintenance work on them. Here are eight things you must cover in your lockout training to reduce the risk of accidents.

Having a lockout procedure in place is NOT enough to reduce health and safety risks at the workplace.

You need to train all employees involved in lockout procedures. You also need to test them by having them perform mock lockouts. And you must provide refresher training sessions at least quarterly, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Here's what to cover.

Cover these eight things in your lockout training

All workers who perform lockouts, including their supervisors, must receive this training. The training must address:

  1. The importance of lockouts;
  2. Legal requirements for lockouts
  3. Company policy on lockouts;
  4. Hazards and procedures (administrative and work-related) that must be followed;
  5. The importance of following procedures;
  6. Lockout errors that must be avoided, for example, assuming the equipment is inoperable or that the job is too small to warrant a lockout;
  7. The use and care of personal protective equipment; and
  8. Proper use of all tools.

Remember to issue all relevant employees with a copy of your company's lockout procedure. Get them to sign an acknowledgement of training to prove they understand the procedure and will comply with the requirements you set out.

In addition, make sure you enforce your lockout policy and update it whenever you make changes.

If you want to reduce the risk of accidents in your workplace, be sure to include these eight areas in your lockout training.

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