Lockout is an essential component to eliminate accident risks by cutting out all hazardous energy sources from the equipment. You also need a lockout procedure, a reference document indicating a series of vital information such as the lockout work sequence and the unlocking procedure.
But not all companies have understood this concept yet! Why are they afraid of applying a lockout system and not of the accidents caused by its absence?
Recently, the CSA has expressed its concern about the lack of interest of Canadian SMEs concerning the implementation of a lockout system. Many experienced auditors identified that the lockout was not a priority in Ontario and western provinces.
Nothing can replace the loss of life
A serious accident has irreplaceable human costs. Loss of life, loss of autonomy caused by an amputation... However, OHS investments, such as a lockout, are always considered an expense.
Do the math!
Evaluate the implementation costs of lockout procedures in your company. Then, compare these financial costs with those of a serious accident. Record the costs associated with your lockout program under investments instead of expenses.
Beyond money, there are numerous examples of companies that have observed the positive effects of a lockout system in their daily management.
- Improved OHS management in the company:
Efficient lockout has an overall impact on health and safety management. The reduction of accidents at work can be verified in other areas.
- Harmonization of work practices:
Lockout procedures provide sustainable work practices throughout the company. This method makes it easier to train and integrate new employees.
- Increased rigour:
Compliance with lockout procedure requirements helps bring rigour to the practices applied in other sectors in the company. Many have seen improvements in their maintenance processes, quality assurance and productivity.
- Superior communication:
The lockout procedure encourages better risk communication between employees and builds their confidence in the workplace. A positive impact on work relations and personnel retention.
Would you like specialists to analyze your situation and develop a lockout program specific to your hazardous energies? SPI has established a division specialized in lockout to assist you!
Alain Daoust, cria; crsp; vea
EHS Expertise Director, SPI Health and Safety