The following steps shall be taken when work is required where there is the potential of equipment or systems being accidentally activated. We need to ensure that the tagging and lockout is correctly done to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment.
- Field supervision responsible for the work shall survey the equipment and/or system to identify all energy sources. This survey is to be accomplished by conducting a physical inspection and by reviewing all applicable drawings, equipment manuals, etc. with the lockout authority.
- After the survey is completed, the responsible field supervision shall apply for appropriate permit, if applicable, for the intended work.
- The lockout authority will install a short-term “Danger-Do Not Operate” tag lockout device, and place the area engineer lock on the equipment or system.
- When required, the lockout authority will also remove pipe spool and/or devices necessary to ensure that mechanical/piping equipment will not be accidentally energized.
- The tags for these locks and removed pipe spools, valves, etc. shall be logged in the tag/lockout log book.
- The responsible craft supervisor/foreman will install his/her short-term “Danger Do Not Operate” tag and lock on the lockout device.
- Information to be noted on the “Danger Do Not Operate” tag shall include the equipment tagged-out, date tag installed, owners name, printed and signed, craft and brass number.
- The short-term will be entered in the lockout authority tag/lock out log book.
- These short-term tags and locks shall be installed at the closest practical point to the workplace.
- After the piping/mechanical department and craft supervisor/foreman short-term tags and locks have been installed, the lockout authority will sign the hot work permit.
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