Responsibilities of Affected Persons (who operate or may be near equipment that is locked/tagged out) include:
- Complete the Lockout-Tagout Awareness/Refresher online training course.
- Understand the LOTO program and how it affects equipment in your area.
- Understand that no one should touch or try to start up equipment that has been locked and tagged out.
- Understand and follow instructions from Authorized Persons.
- Seek out trained Authorized Persons to service and maintain equipment that may potentially release hazardous energy.
- Report all incidents and near misses involving the release of hazardous energy to your supervisor immediately, and to EH&S using the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS).
Authorized Persons (who service or repair equipment) are required to:
- Complete the EH&S Lockout/Tagout classroom course for Authorized Persons. And as needed, take the online Lockout/Tagout Awareness/Refresher course.
- Establish and write equipment-specific LOTO procedures using the UW LOTO Procedure form or the UW LOTO Field Procedure form.
- Follow LOTO procedures whenever working on applicable equipment.
- Report equipment that does not have LOTO procedures and may pose a hazard.
- Apply their own locks and tags when servicing or repairing equipment.
- Remove their own locks and tags when Authorized Persons are not working on equipment, work shift ends or project ends.
- Communicate and coordinate LOTO work with Affected Persons, and others as needed.
- As required, conduct annual reviews of specific LOTO hazardous energy control procedures to ensure effectiveness and annual reviews of other Authorized Persons and their understanding of LOTO procedures.
Responsibilities of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) include:
- Development and maintenance of the UW Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program.
- Consultation and assistance to departments/unit on the development of their Supplemental Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program.
- Provide or coordinate LOTO training for Authorized Persons.
- Annual audit of the UW Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program.
Managers, supervisors and principal investigators (PIs) are responsible for:
- Developing and implementing a department/unit-specific Supplemental Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program; departments may use the Department Supplemental Hazardous Energy Control LOTO Program Template.
- Developing specific hazardous energy control procedures using the UW LOTO Procedure form or the UW LOTO Field Procedure form
- Informing individuals working in the area (Affected Persons) of the LOTO program and its impact on their work area
- Requiring Affected Persons complete LOTO Awareness/Refresher Training
- Determining which Authorized Persons may work on equipment
- Ensuring Authorized Persons have LOTO training based on the hazardous energy sources in their research or workplace
- Ensuring proper labeling of the energy-isolating devices on equipment controlled by the department/unit
- Purchasing OSHA-approved devices to lock and tag out your equipment
- Reporting injuries and near misses, using the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS)
Outside (non-UW) contractors are required to:
- Provide UW departments/units with the contractor company’s LOTO program and policies.
- Provide their own LOTO equipment.
- Ensure placed lockout devices are only removed by Authorized Persons who placed them.
- Follow UW department/unit LOTO procedures for equipment being serviced and repaired. If procedures have not been developed, a UW supervisor and the contractor will assess equipment and develop equipment-specific LOTO procedures.