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Course Description

While energy sources are clearly necessary in the industrial work setting, they can also be dangerous and cause serious harm to employees. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established a standard for the control of hazardous energy — called the "lockout/tagout" standard — requiring employers to protect workers from hazardous energy through the use of lockout/tagout practices and procedures. These energy-control methods disable machinery and equipment to prevent the release of hazardous energy that can cause harm to employees.

To be specific, if machinery or equipment starts up or releases hazardous energy unexpectedly during servicing or maintenance, employees could experience serious injury or even death in some cases. Experts estimate that failure to control this hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of serious industrial accidents.

While employees who service or maintain machinery or equipment face the greatest risk of injury, all employees who work in an area where energy-control procedures are used must receive training on lockout/tagout procedures. Employees must also understand they are prohibited from attempting to use machinery that is locked or tagged out.

The Cintas, 20-minute Online Lockout-Tagout Compliance Training Course provides the fundamentals of the lockout/tagout standard and the safety practices used to control hazardous energy when machinery and equipment are shut down for maintenance and servicing. Topics include:

  • Essentials of the lockout/tagout standard
  • Why is lockout/tagout important?
  • Understanding the risks of hazardous energy
  • What to know about lockout/tagout safety
  • What to know about lockout/tagout devices
  • Recognizing the limitations of tags
  • What to know about lockout/tagout procedures
  • How to release equipment from lockout/tagout
  • Summary

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