The purpose of the Lockout Tagout Program is to ensure that machinery or equipment is isolated from all potentially hazardous energy, and locked out or tagged out before employees perform any service or maintenance activities where unexpected energization, start-up, or release of stored energy could cause injury.

The plan was developed in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard pertaining to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), 29 CFR 1910.147.


Machines and equipment that must be locked-out and/or tagged-out during maintenance or servicing include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ord Steam Plant – using chains, locks and/or tags

  • Boilers
  • D.A. Tank
  • Condensate Tank
  • Inoperable equipment (e.g., pumps and motors)

Campus Equipment – using locks and/or tags

  • Elevators
  • Air Handling Units (AHU)
  • Cooling Towers
  • Pumps (heat, condensate, sewage)
  • Electrical Boxes
  • Motors (belt changes)
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Units

select definitions

Affected Employee: An employee whose job requires them to operate or use a machine or equipment on which service or maintenance is being performed under lockout/tagout or whose job requires them to work in an area in which such service or
maintenance is being performed. Affected employees must be informed when lockout/tagout is being performed.

Authorized Employee: A person who locks and tags machines or equipment in order to perform service or maintenance on it.


Department Heads will be familiar with the program and regulations, ensure all appropriate supervisors and employees are trained in the same, and hold supervisors accountable for following the program.

Supervisors will ensure all employees who are authorized to service equipment have received training, ensure employees have appropriate energy-isolating devices, and assign locks to authorized employees. Additionally, supervisors must complete an energy control procedure for each piece of equipment or process, and coordinate activities of contractors that may affect lockout/tagout and energy control procedures.

EHS will administer the program, and make sure it satisfies the requirements of the regulations, provide training for employees, maintain training records and verify through periodic audit that the program effectively protects employees who service powered equipment.

Authorized Employees will attend training as required, comply with the program, follow all safe shutdown and startup procedures, communicate activities to affected employees and other authorized employees, and ensure the safety of their own locks and keys.

Affected Employees will alert Facilities Operations when equipment needs servicing and follow the direction of authorized employees as it affects the operation of their equipment.

topics covered by the plan

Review the Plan for specific information on the following topics.

Training Requirements

  • Authorized Employees
  • Affected Employees
  • Limitation of tags
  • Re-training

Program Activities

  • General Requirements
  • Work requiring more than one person
  • Emergency removal of a lockout/tagout device


Follow the steps of the attachments when locking out and/or tagging out equipment.

  • Attachment 1 – Lockout Checklist
  • Attachment 2 – Machine-Specific Energy Control Form