An update to standard CSA Z460 on lockout and other energy control methods was published in August 2020. The following previously published blogs address various aspects of lockout that are still relevant and may also be of use to you.
Did you know that mobile equipment is subject to the same regulatory requirements as any other type of equipment or industrial machine where lockout is concerned? Articles 188.1 to 188.13 of RROHS apply to all “machines”. This means, among other things, that mobile equipment should be included in your lockout program and that a lockout procedure (lockout card) should be available for each device. The inclusion of mobile equipment is also provided for in standards such as CSA Z460-13.
For access to a danger zone during maintenance activities or assembly and installation activities, lockout or, in absence of lockout, any other energy control method that ensures equivalent safety must be applied, according to RROHS article 188.2. These other energy control methods are sometimes called ‘’alternative methods to lockout.’’
With the CSA Z460 standard and the regulatory changes in Quebec, the aim is to find the most reliable method for validating the absence of electrical energy.
Lockout program, what is it? Also called Hazardous Energy Control Program, it is a written document ultimately aimed at eliminating or reducing as far as possible the risks related to hazardous energies on equipment during maintenance work.
Non-compliance of lockout procedure is on of the main causes of lockout – related accidents…
With several types of locks and different uses, locks management should be considered as an essential task to reach an optimal efficiency of a lockout program.
Industrial machinery are often associated with a multitude of risks and hazards (ISO 12100, 2010; CSA Z432, 2014; ANSI B11-TR3, 2000; Bluff, 2014). When workers intervene on a machine, during all its life cycle stages , they are exposed to many kinds of hazardous situations.
In 2016, the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) revealed that an average of four deaths and 1,000 accidents annually are related to gaps in lockout/tagout procedure during maintenance tasks.
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Intervention Prévention concentrates its operations in the field of work safety, offering specialized services following Standards CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety, CSA Z460 – Control of Hazardous Energy: Lock-out and Other Methods, and CSA Z432 – Safeguarding of Machinery.