Know The Laws of Your Province: Group Lockout Rules

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GROUP LOCKOUT RULES BY PROVINCE

Jurisdiction OHS Group Lockout Rules   
Federal Regulations expressly permit neither alternative methods in general nor group lockout in particular
Alberta

(OHS Code, Sec. 215)

Group lockout allowed if:

1. A large number of workers is working on machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment or a large number of energy-isolating devices must be secured;

2. Group procedure is readily available to workers at site;

3.  After energy-isolating devices are activated, employer verifies that a worker it designates has:

a.  secured all energy-isolating devices;

b. secured any keys for devices used to a key securing system like a lock box;

c.  completed, signed and posted a checklist identifying the machinery or

equipment covered by the hazardous energy control procedure; and

d. verified and documented that all sources of hazardous energy are effectively   isolated;

4. Each worker working at each location requiring control of hazardous

energy applies a personal lock to the key securing system before working on the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment;

5. Each of the above workers removes his/her personal lock from key securing system; and

6. Employer ensures an effective and orderly transfer of control of the reassigned or departing worker’s personal lock a worker who places a personal lock is reassigned before the work is done, or the work is extended from one shift to another.

British Columbia

(OHS Reg., Sec. 10.9)

Group lockout allowed if:

1. A large number of workers is working on machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment or a large number of energy-isolating devices must be secured AND a group procedure meeting all criteria listed  in subsections 2 to 7 below is implemented;

2. There must be 2 qualified workers responsible for:

a.  independently locking out the energy-isolating devices;

b. securing the keys used with personal locks or other positive sealing devices acceptable to BC Workers’ Comp Board; and

c. completing, signing and posting a checklist that identifies machinery or equipment components covered by lockout;

3. Each worker working on locked out components must apply a personal lock to key securing system before starting work;

4. Workers may lock out a secondary key securing system if 2 qualified workers lock out the primary key securing system and place their keys in secondary system;

5. Each worker referred to in subsections (3) and (4) above must remove his/her personal lock from key securing system upon completing the work;

6. When subsection (5) is met and it’s determined that it’s safe to end the group lockout, 2 qualified workers must be responsible for removing their personal locks or positive sealing device(s) from the key securing system(s) containing the keys for locks used under subsection (2) (a) above, and once those keys are released, the system must no longer considered to be locked out; and

7. The written group lockout procedure must be conspicuously posted at the place where the system is in use.

Manitoba

(WSH Reg.16.14(4))

Group lockout not specifically permitted, BUT regulations say that if it’s not “reasonably practicable” to lockout the machinery when it’s serviced, repaired, tested, cleaned, maintained or adjusted, an employer must develop safe work procedures offering protection to a worker equal to or greater than the protection provided by a lockout procedure
New Brunswick

(OHS Reg., Sec. 240)

Group lockout not expressly permitted, BUT regulations require employers to implement a code of practice in consultation with joint health and safety committee where the required lockout procedure is inappropriate for the cleaning, maintenance, adjustments or repairs to be performed or inadequate for the protection of a worker, and the code of practice specifies:

·         Personnel responsibilities;

·         Personnel training; and

·         Details of procedures for the neutralization, clearance, release and startup of the machine.

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

(OHS Regs., Sec. 134)

Group lockout allowed if:

1. A large number of workers is working on machinery or equipment or a large number of energy-isolating devices must be secured AND a group procedure meeting all criteria listed  in subsections 2 to 7 below is implemented;

2. There must be 2 qualified workers responsible for:

a.  independently locking out the energy-isolating devices;

b. securing the keys used with personal locks or other positive sealing devices acceptable to WHSCC;

c. completing, signing and posting a checklist that identifies machinery or equipment components covered by lockout;

3. Each worker working on locked out components must apply a personal lock to key securing system before starting work;

4. Each of above workers may lock out a secondary key securing system if 2 qualified workers lock out the primary key securing system and place their keys in secondary system;

5. Each worker referred to in subsections (3) and (4) above must remove his/her personal lock from key securing system upon completing the work;

6. When subsection (5) is met and it’s determined that it’s safe to end the group lockout, 2 qualified workers must be responsible for removing their personal locks or positive sealing device from the key securing system containing the keys for locks used under subsection (2) (a) above, and once those keys are released, the system must no longer considered to be locked out; and

7. The written group lockout procedure must be conspicuously posted at the place where the system is in use.

Nova Scotia

(Occ. Safety General Regs., Sec. 54)

Group lockout not expressly permitted, BUT regulations allow employers to implement an alternative written  procedure where the required lockout procedure is inappropriate for work to be performed or inadequate for protection of persons at the workplace, as long as the alternative procedure specifies:

·         Personnel responsibilities;

·         Training and equipment requirements; and

·         Details for carrying out the work in a way that will ensure the safety of all persons who may be exposed to a hazard arising from the work

Ontario OHS Regs. for Industrial Establishments require lockout and de-energization but don’t specify methods. Result:  Group lockout is neither expressly permitted nor prohibited
Prince Edward Island Regulations expressly permit neither alternative methods in general nor group lockout in particular
Québec Neither alternative methods in general nor group lockout in particular specifically permitted by regulations (while Regs. do allow for alternatives to lockout, when lockout procedures are used, they must comply with individual lockout requirements)
Saskatchewan Regulations expressly permit neither alternative methods in general nor group lockout in particular
Northwest Territories Regulations expressly permit neither alternative methods in general nor group lockout in particular
Nunavut Regulations expressly permit neither alternative methods in general nor group lockout in particular
Yukon

(OHS Regs., Sec. 3.05)

Group lockout required if:

1. 3 or more workers are working on machinery or equipment or 4 or more energy-isolating devices must be secured AND a group procedure meeting all criteria listed  in subsections 2 to 7 below is implemented;

2. There must be 2 competent workers responsible for:

a.  independently locking out the energy-isolating devices;

b. securing the keys used with personal locks or other positive sealing devices acceptable to the WCB;

c. completing, signing and posting a checklist that identifies machinery or equipment components covered by lockout;

3. Each worker working on locked out components must apply a personal lock to key securing system before starting work;

4. Each above worker must lock out a secondary key securing system if 2 competent workers lock out the primary key securing system and place their keys in secondary system;

5. Each worker referred to in subsections (3) and (4) above must remove his/her personal lock from key securing system upon completing the work;

6. When subsection (5) is met and it’s determined that it’s safe to end the group lockout, 2 competent workers must be responsible for removing their personal locks or positive sealing device from the key securing system containing the keys for locks used under subsection (2) (a) above, and once those keys are released, the system must no longer considered to be locked out; and

7. The written group lockout procedure must be conspicuously posted at the place where the system is in use.