The college is committed to ensuring that work performed by Seneca employees or contractors adheres to all relevant safety laws and regulations, in order to protect the health and safety of the college community.
College employees or contractors who perform maintenance or service on energized equipment will adhere to the college's procedure for electrical lockout in order to prevent injury from the unexpected energizing, start-up or release of stored energy.
The College's Health and Safety Office is responsible for the health and safety of college staff, students and visitors.
All Administrators are responsible for ensuring that the operations in their area(s) of responsibility comply with the College's Electrical Lockout Policy and Procedures and all other relevant safety laws and regulations.
All Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that designated staff in their area(s) of responsibility receive the necessary Electrical Lockout training.
This procedure is to be utilized each time a designated worker may come into contact with energized equipment.Whenever such work is performed, the worker shall isolate and make inoperative (lockout) all affected equipment.
The Supervisor shall:
The Worker shall:
All Seneca employees performing maintenance or servicing equipment are required to participate in lockout training.Supervisors of these employees are also required to attend.The training program will include the following:
The procedures for lockout may vary slightly depending on the piece of equipment and it's location, but the basic principals will remain.The procedures are to be used for any work involving electrical, pneumatic, gravitational, hydraulic or stored energy ie: springs, pressurized fuel gases, batteries, etc.
Removal of Lockout Device
Prior to the removal of lockout devices and energy being restored, the following steps are to be followed:
Lockout Device Cannot be Removed
In the event that a worker has left the premises without removing his/her lock, the Supervisor (or designate) shall be notified.The Supervisor will make every attempt reasonable to arrange for the worker to return and remove his/her own lock. This responsibility cannot be delegated. Should this prove to be unsuccessful, the Supervisor will contact the Manager of Health and Safety, who will be advised of situation and action taken.If, after consultation between Supervisor, Manager of Health and Safety and affected staff, it is agreed that the lock can be removed, the Manager of Health and Safety will remove the lock.The Supervisor will re-energize equipment.
Multiple Shift Lockout
In the event the equipment requires a lock-out device over one or more shifts, the second or subsequent worker will replace the previous worker's device with their own.This will take place after the previous worker has provided the next worker with all necessary safety information.
In the event the worker does not return to remove his/her lock when the equipment has been locked-out overnight, the same procedure as "Lock-out Device Cannot be Removed" will be followed.
When service or maintenance is performed by more than one individual, each person is to apply his/her own lock to a group lockout device, such as a hasp.Tag shall warn of the hazardous conditions.Equipment will not be re-energized until all individuals have removed their lock.
The lockout device must indicate the name of the person applying the lock.Tags shall warn of the hazardous conditions should the equipment be energized and shall include warnings such as Do Not Operate, Do Not Start, Do Not Close, etc.
For further information regarding this procedure, contact the Manager of Health and Safety.