OSHA's Top 10 - Energy Control Program

Posted by Nick Schiltz on March 18

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1910.147(c)(1) Energy Control Program – 300 Violations

The employer shall establish a program consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment where the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or equipment shall be isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative.


The purpose of the Energy Control Program is to provide written policies and rules within your safety management system. This regulation addresses the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment that will prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform servicing and maintenance activities. The way the procedure is documented can make a big difference to the person trying to carry it out correctly. The different types of procedure documentation is up to each company to determine which documentation format is going to be most effective for your employees and equipment.

When authorized employees are locking out equipment, it’s generally recommended to utilize a graphical format. Graphical procedures tend to provide the clearest, most easily accessible and visually appealing guidance. Proper location and identification of all energy sources is also essential.

By including high resolution photos of the equipment, isolation points, control points and specific shutdown components, authorized employees are able to quickly grasp how to lock out the equipment. Including graphical tags with this solution helps integrate the procedure with the isolation point and makes the LOTO process much more efficient.

If your procedures include PESDs, you can document and provide training on the use and interpretation of these devices as part of the LOTO procedure for the specific equipment they are installed on. PESDs also are available to be installed with custom warning labels. This greatly assists employees when performing LOTO on equipment that features voltage indicators and/or portals by decreasing their risk of exposure to hazardous energy.

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This data was reported in Safety+Health, the official magazine of the NSC Congress & Expo.


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