OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 215.3 Returning equipment to operation

Subsection 215.3(1)

Except as described in subsection 215.3(2), only the worker who installed the lock, or is the designated worker under section 215(3) or section 215.1(3), is allowed to remove it. This is intended to prevent other persons from removing the lock and unknowingly creating a safety hazard.

Subsection 215.3(2)

Situations may arise in which the worker who installed the lock is unavailable e.g. off shift, on holidays, in transit, etc. or an emergency involving the equipment arises. In such situations, the lock may be removed by a competent worker designated by the employer to remove the lock. This ensures that the employer is aware of what is going to be done and that an appropriate worker performs the removal. Such removal must be done in accordance with a written procedure (as required by section 8 of the OHS Regulation) that includes verifying that no worker will be in danger due to removal of the lock.

Subsection 215.3(3)

Before all securing devices are removed,

(a) each worker involved in the work activity must be accounted for,
(b) any personal locks placed by workers must be removed in accordance with subsection 215.3(1), and
(c) the person about to return equipment to operation must first make sure that he or she, and other workers, are not in any danger. Audible and/or visual signals and warnings are often used to warn of equipment start-up. Personally contacting workers in the area who might be at risk of injury may be necessary in some circumstances to let them know that the equipment is being returned to operation.

Subsection 215.3(4)

No explanation required.