Lockout/Tagout Denver, CO
Outdoor recreation and tourism are intertwined with the fabric of Colorado’s culture. Some might say that outdoor recreation and tourism define the state. Colorado’s tradition and passion for outdoor access is due in large part to unparalleled natural resources, as well as a long history of environmental conservation and stewardship. While experiencing the outdoors is a large part of the lifestyle in Colorado, it should also be noted that Colorado has a wide variety of key industries that drive the state’s economy. Some of the key industries include but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, defense and homeland security, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and technology and information (just to name a few). Regardless of which industry you belong to in Colorado, whether it be information and technology or infrastructure engineering, being and/or becoming compliant with OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout regulation affects us all at our workplace.
The state of Colorado is a state that has not adopted a specific state plan. Instead, regulated employers located in the state of Colorado are governed by the Federal OSHA health and safety standards found in the 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Federal OSHA exercises jurisdiction over most private employers in the state of Colorado. Federal employers in Colorado also operate under the jurisdiction of Federal OSHA. There are two OSHA offices located in the state. One of the locations is in Englewood, Colorado and the second location is in Denver, Colorado.
When it come down to the standard pertaining to Lockout/Tagout, Colorado follows the OSHA standard 1910.147 which is the amendment to control hazardous energy sources. Often at times it is unclear as to when Lockout/Tagout is required in the workplace and the answer is simple; Lockout/Tagout is required when “the unexpected energization or start up of a machine or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees”. There are five crucial components that any lockout program should contain in order for compliancy with the OSHA standard 1910.147. These five components are as follows:
- Corporate Policy
- Employee Trainings
- Lockout/Tagout Procedures
- Devices (such as locks)
- Audits (periodic inspections)
As was stated previously, it does not matter which industry you find yourself working in. When it comes to the safety of your employees, as well as the overall uninterrupted productivity of your company, being familiar and compliant with lockout regulations is of upmost importance. One thing that must not be forgotten is that the lockout regulation does not only apply to equipment that is obviously hazardous, but that it also applies to equipment that might not be as obvious. Some examples of such equipment would be water heaters, pumps, fire suppression systems, unit heaters, air handlers, AC condensers, air compressors, exhaust fans, drill presses, overhead doors, dock and lock levelers, etc.
To learn more about Lockout/Tagout in the state of Colorado please contact one of the OSHA offices located in Denver and in Englewood or please contact us at ESC Services.