Lockout/Tagout Oakland, CA
Though Oakland is known as a major port city in the western coast of the nation and while the marine industry employs nearly 200,000 people in the area, the economy of Oakland has seen a large surge of diversification in the past few decades. Now a home to a number of companies in the high-technology industry as well as the home of Kaiser Permanente and Clorox, the city of Oakland continues to grow in population and economy. Though the economy of Oakland grows increasingly diverse, the need for a focus on the health and safety of employees remains a large concern for employers in all industries.
In order to protect workers from harm at the workplace California has created a state plan, known as Cal-OSHA, that is adapted from the federal OSHA regulation. Though largely similar to the federal regulation, Cal-OSHA’s regulation offers some clarification to the federal regulation, requiring elements that only are mentioned in letters of interpretation and federal directives. The California State Plan applies to all public and private sector businesses in Oakland, CA, excluding Federal employees. Though most industries fall under the ‘General Industry Safety Orders’ subchapter of the regulation (§3314), additional regulations exist for construction, electrical, and marine industries.
The regulation requires that lockout/tagout must be used when “cleaning, repairing, servicing, setting-up and adjusting of machines and equipment in which the unexpected energization or startup of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.”
Companies within industries that fall under Cal-OSHA are required to have the following components to ensure a fully compliant lockout/tagout program:
Proper energy control procedures and training for employees authorized to perform lockout/tagout and machine operators affected by lockout tagout will ensure that your equipment and employees are safe from injury and harm during service or maintenance. Periodic inspections allow these procedures and policies to be reviewed regularly to confirm that your lockout program is up to date, accurate, and used properly by your employees. When these components are properly applied, your lockout/tagout program will be efficient, compliant and most of all provide a safe and controlled environment for your employees to conduct their service and maintenance work.
It is important to remember that even though a business may not have a manufacturing floor, there is still support equipment to be considered for lockout/tagout including, but not limited to, water heaters, pumps, boilers, fire-suppression equipment, air handler units, and dock doors & levelers.
There are several Cal-OSHA offices located throughout the state of California and can be contacted for additional resources and information. The Cal-OSHA district office that serves Oakland and the surrounding areas is located at:
Cal-OSHA District Office – Oakland
1515 Clay Street, Ste. 1303
Oakland, CA 94612
Oakland can be a great place to work and set up new plants. With a focus safety and knowledge of California’s specific regulations, employers can ensure their compliance with Cal-OSHA.
ESC Services is a global company that has done extensive work in California. To ensure compliance, contact ESC to assist with any lockout/tagout program needs.