KNOW THE LAWS: Lockout Tag Requirements

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KNOW THE LAWS: Lockout Tag Requirements

Here are the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS regulations for lockout tags used on machiney and equipment

(but not electrical equipment):

FED OHS Regs. don’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
AB Part 15 of the OHS Code 2009 doesn’t specifically require the use of lockout tags. But the Guide to Part 15 says:

1) If a warning tag is used it should indicate that the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment to which it’s attached isn’t to be operated until the tag is removed.

2) A warning tag should be securely fastened to the energy‐isolating device. If the

tag can’t be attached directly to the energy‐isolating device, it should be located as close as safely possible to the device, in a position that will be immediately obvious to anyone attempting to operate the device.

3) Warning tags should be standardized so that their meaning is immediately clear to

all workers, which may include standardizing colour, size, shape, and the format and

type of information printed on the tag.

BC OHS Reg. doesn’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
MB Workplace Safety and Health Reg. doesn’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
NB OHS Reg.:

1) Subject to Sec. 240, where a machine is to be cleaned, maintained, adjusted or repaired, an employer must ensure that no worker works on the machine until each worker who’ll be working on the machine puts on the safety lock a tag that doesn’t conduct electricity and that contains:

a) words directing persons not to start or operate the machine;

b) the worker’s printed name and signature; and

c) the date and time when the tag was put on the machine [Sec. 239(4)(b)(iii)].

NL OHS Regs. 2012 don’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
NT/NU General Safety Regs. don’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
NS Occupational Safety General Regs.:

1) A “lock-out tag” means a tag that:

a) is installed at a lock-out location;

b) has words directing a person not to start or operate the machine, equipment, tool or electrical installation;

c) identifies the person who has performed a lock-out; and

d) doesn’t readily conduct electricity [Sec. 51(1)(d)].

2) When work is performed on a machine, equipment, tool or electrical installation, and the work is hazardous to a person in the workplace if the machine, equipment, tool or electrical installation is or becomes energized, an employer must ensure that no person works on the machine, equipment, tool or electrical installation until the machine, equipment, tool or electrical installation has a lock-out tag at each lock-out location [Sec. 52(1)(b)(iii)].

3) No person other than the person who installed it shall remove a lock-out tag on a machine, equipment, tool or electrical installation [Sec. 53(1)].

ON Industrial Establishments Reg. doesn’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
PE OHS Regs.:

1) When machinery or equipment is shut down for cleaning, maintenance or repairs, the employer must ensure that no worker carries out work on the machinery or equipment until that worker has put on the control device of the machinery a tag which doesn’t conduct electricity and which contains:

a) words directing persons not to start or operate the machinery;

b) the worker’s printed name and signature; and

c) the date when the tag was put on the machinery [Sec. 30.7(1)(c)].

2) No person shall remove a lock-out tag except:

a) the worker who installed it; or

b) in an emergency or where attempts made to contact the worker indicate he isn’t available, a competent worker designated by the employer, who has first ensured that no person will be endangered by the removal [Sec. 30.7(3)].

QC Reg. on Occupational Health and Safety doesn’t contain requirements for lockout tags.
SK OHS Regs. don’t contain requirements for lockout tags,
YT OHS Regs. don’t contain requirements for lockout tags.