Companies have a duty to protect workers both while using equipment and machinery for their intended purpose and when repairing and maintaining that equipment. The primary way of fulfilling that duty is through what’s called “lockout,” which is when a equipment has been turned off and rendered inoperable with the use of a lock. In general, no one should remove someone else’s lock. But there may be times when a supervisor may have to remove a worker’s lock, such as when that worker can’t be located.
HOW TO USE THE TOOL
Adapt this Model Lock Removal Form for your workplace. Make sure that it’s consistent with your lockout policy and the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS law. Require supervisors to complete this form any time they remove a worker’s lock from a piece of machinery or equipment. And ensure that supervisors are properly trained on this procedure.