OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 15 Managing the Control of Hazardous Energy

Section 215 Securing by a group

(1) If a large number of workers is working on machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment, or a number of energy-isolating devices must be secured, an employer may use a group procedure in accordance with subsections (2) through (6).

(2) An employer must ensure that the group procedure referred to in subsection (1) is readily available to workers at the work site where the group procedure is used.

(3) Once all required energy-isolating devices have been activated in accordance with section 212(1) by a worker designated by the employer, an employer must ensure that a designated worker has

(a) secured all energy-isolating devices,

(b) secured any keys for the devices used under clause (a) to a key securing system such as a lock box,

(c) completed, signed and posted a checklist that identifies 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 must apply a personal lock to the key securing system referred to in subsection (3)(b) before working on the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment.

(5) If a worker who has placed a personal lock is reassigned before the work is completed, or the work is extended from one shift to another, an employer must ensure that there is an effective and orderly transfer of control of the reassigned or departing worker’s personal lock.

(6) Upon completing the work requiring isolation of hazardous energy, a worker referred to in subsection (4) must remove his or her personal lock from the key securing system.

(7) Upon completing the work requiring isolation of hazardous energy, an employer must ensure that the machinery, equipment, or powered mobile equipment is returned to operation in accordance with section 215.3.