11/28/2018

The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) when temporary workers are employed

A lockout/tagout standard addresses the practices and procedures necessary
to prevent the sudden release of hazardous energy while workers perform servicing
or maintenance activities. The standard lists measures for controlling various types
of energy, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal,
and other energy sources that could be hazardous if not controlled.

As in all measures compliance with safety and health requirements must be also
ensured when temporary workers are employed under the joint employment of a staffing
agency and a host employer.

A recently published bulletin on lockout/tagout explains the joint responsibility
of host employers and staffing agencies to ensure that temporary employees are
properly protected against the sudden release of stored energy. Prior to beginning
work, both employers should review the task assignments and job hazards to identify,
eliminate, and control the release of hazardous energy before workers perform
service or maintenance on machinery.

Prior to beginning work, the host employer and staffing agency should jointly review
the task assignments and job hazards to identify, eliminate, and control hazardous
energy releases, and determine the coverage of temporary workers by a lockout/tagout
program.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration