Locking and tagging out equipment safeguards those working on the equipment from being
injured by its being unexpectedly energized or releasing stored energy. This document
describes the acceptab le procedures on the Manchester College Campus for locking and
tagging out equipment. It summarizes the applicable requirements for lockout/tagout
procedures, and is intended to help campus departments comply with applicable OSHA
Affected person: Any person whose job requires that he/she operates or uses a piece of
equipment on which maintenance or service is being performed; or whose job requires that
he/she works in the area of the equipment; or any person in close proximity to the equipment.
High pressure steam: Steam under pressure of more than 20 pounds per square inch.
Lock: A keyed padlock with two keys: one in the possession of a qualified worker and the
other retained by the head of the department. The lock is to be identified for use by a specific
Primary voltage: Voltages of 7200 volts A. C. or more to ground.
Qualified worker: A worker who has demonstrated by experience or training that he/she
understands the operation of the equipment and can safely service or repair the equipment.
Tag: A printed or handwritten document that clearly indicates a device is not to be operated,
who tagged out the equipment, and the time and date the equipment was tagged out. The tag
should be made of appropriate material for the environment in which it is used.
What This Policy Covers
This Policy applies to all work on the Manchester College campus involving the installation,
service, maintenance, adjustment, or other handling of machines, powered equipment, or
utility systems where the unexpected energizing of the equipment or a release of stored
energy could cause injury or death. Potentially hazardous energies covered by this policy
include electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, and thermal ener