A Key Lockout Program should be in place at every heavy truck shop. The danger of a truck starting up when a technician is working in the engine compartment or under the vehicle should be obvious – but if you need an added incentive to get your program up to speed, KPA engineers and clients are reporting an uptick in OSHA enforcement. OSHA inspectors are looking for more than if the facility is locking out the keys to the vehicles, but if they also have a written lockout program. An effective key lockout/tag out (LOTO) program requires lockout equipment and a written program, and training – equipment and written documents will not do much good if employees don’t know how to use them.
According to OSHA, “’Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)’ refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.”
OSHA reports that “3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year”. Sometimes common sense and regulations aren’t always aligned – lockout/tag out programs are an area where they are.
Example elements of a lockout/tagout (LOTO) program are described in the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.147, along with these additional references: