This procedure establishes the minimum requirements for the lockout of energy isolating devices whenever maintenance or servicing is done on machines or equipment (including vehicles). It shall be used to ensure that the machine or equipment is stopped, isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and locked out before employees perform any servicing or maintenance where the unexpected energization of start-up of the machine or equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury.

Compliance With This Program:

All employees are required to comply with the restrictions and limitations imposed upon them during the use of lockout. The authorized employees are required to perform the lockout in accordance with this procedure. All employees, upon observing a machine or piece of equipment, which is locked out to perform servicing, or maintenance, shall not attempt to start, energize or use that machine or equipment.

Shift Changes or Personnel Changes:

In order to prevent unsafe or partially assembled equipment from being energized prematurely and to maintain the continuity of lockout beyond a given shift, lockout tag(s) shall remain in place until the original authorized employee removes the device(s).

Type of compliance enforcement to be taken for violation of the above:

For any violation of the KCTCS lock out/tag out policy an employee may receive disciplinary action ranging from a verbal/written warning to termination of employment.

-Dr. Juston C. Pate
Chief Academic Officer

 Sequence of Lockout:

  1. Notify all affected employees that servicing or maintenance is required on a machine or equipment and that the machine or equipment must be shut down and locked out to perform the servicing or maintenance. Name(s)/Job Title(s) of affected employees and how to notify them will be addressed on individual procedure sheets.
  2. The authorized employee shall refer to the school procedure to identify the type and magnitude of the energy that the machine or equipment utilizes, shall understand the hazards of the energy, and shall know the methods to control the energy. Types and magnitude(s) of energy, its hazards and the methods to control the energy will be listed on the individual procedure sheets.
  3. If the machine or equipment is operating, shut it down by the normal stopping procedure (depress stop button, open switch, close valve, etc.). Type(s) and location(s) of machine operating controls will be addressed on individual procedures.
  4. Deactivate the energy isolating device(s) so that the machine or equipment is isolated from the energy source(s). Type(s) and location(s) of energy isolating devices will be addressed on individual procedures.
  5. Lockout/tagout the energy isolating device(s) with assigned personally identifiable lock(s) or tag(s). Locks and tags are to be distinguishable from all others.

Outside Contractors

Exchange information on lockout/tagout procedures with outside contractors.

  1. Stored or residual energy (such as that in capacitors, springs, elevated machine members, rotating flywheels, hydraulic systems and air, gas, steam, or water pressure, etc.) must be dissipated or restrained by methods such as grounding, repositioning, blocking, bleeding down, etc. Type(s) of stored energy, methods to dissipate or restrain will be covered on individual procedures.
  2. Ensure that the equipment is disconnected from the energy source(s) by first checking that no personnel are exposed, then verify the isolation of the equipment by operating the push button or other normal operating control(s) or by testing to make certain the equipment will not operate. Method of verifying the isolation of equipment will be covered on individual procedures.

    CAUTION: Return operating control(s) to neutral or "off" position after verifying the isolation of the equipment.  

  3. The machine or equipment is now locked out.

Restoring Equipment to Service:

When the servicing or maintenance is completed and the machine or equipment is ready to return to normal operating condition, the following steps shall be taken.

  1. Check the machine or equipment and the immediate area around the machine or equipment that nonessential items have been removed and the machine or equipment components are operationally intact.
  2. Check the work area to ensure that all employees have been safely positioned or removed from the area.
  3.  Verify that the controls are in neutral.
  4. Remove the lockout devices and reenergize the machine or equipment. Note: The removal of some forms of blocking may require reenergizaton of the machine before safe removal.
  5. Notify affected employees that the servicing or maintenance is completed and the machine or equipment is ready for use.

Training and Communication:

  1. Each authorized employee shall receive training in the recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control.
  2. Each affected employee shall be instructed in the purpose and use of the energy control procedure.
  3. All other employees whose work operations are or may be in an area where energy control procedures may be utilized, shall be instructed about the procedure and about the prohibition relating to attempts to restart or reenergize machines or equipment which are locked out or tagged out.
  4. Where tagout systems are necessary, employees must be trained in the limitations of tags. See 1910.147 (ii).

Periodic Inspection:

  1. Each year one authorized person shall observe another authorized person going through the established lockout or tagout procedure for a given machine or piece of equipment and evaluate and document the results. Additionally, the employer must certify it.

Full Employee Protection 1910.147 (c) (3):

When a tagout device is used on an energy isolating device which is not capable of being locked out, the tagout device shall be attached at the same location that the lockout device would have been attached and the employer shall demonstrate that the tagout program will provide a level of safety equivalent to that obtained by using a lockout program.

NOTE: Redundant action is required when tags are allowed to be used.

Cord and plug connected equipment:

The attachment plug must remain in the control of the authorized person at all times, i.e. line of sight and arms reach, or tag out the attachment plug.

Names / Job Titles of Authorized Personnel to Perform Lockout/Tagout

Rowan Campus Maysville Campus Cynthiana Campus
John Walker (Maintenance) Jack Hawkins (Maint. Director) Tony Williams (Maintenance)
Elwood Hamilton (Maintenance) Jerry Blevins (Maintenance) Larry Lemons (Maintenance)
Casey Hardin (Instructor) Wyllie Hedges (Maintenance)  
Brandin Perkins (Instructor)  Dale Reynolds (Maintenance)  
Josh Druen (Instructor)  Robbie Graves (Instructor)   
Nick Pecco (Instructor)  Rob Hamm (Instructor)   
Tony Wallace (Instructor)  Ed Parker (Instructor)   
Dennis Swartz (Instructor)  Tracy Royse (Dir. Maint. & Ops)  
John King (Instructor)   
Kenneth Barnett (Instructor)    
Stanley Click (Academic Coord.)    
Dean Howard (Instructor)     

Tracy Royse, Director of Maintenance & Operations
Room A-263e
1755 US Hwy 68
Maysville, Ky 41056
(606) 759-7141 ext. 66233