Hazardous Energy Control Policy Lock-Out/Tag-Out

In order to provide UMass faculty, staff, students and other appropriate persons with the necessary safeguards, these Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG) have been enacted to ensure that hazardous isolating devices have been properly identified and that equipment and/or machines have been properly stopped, isolated and locked or tagged out before employees perform any maintenance or service work. This policy is designed to protect personnel from unexpected energization or start up of equipment, machines or the release of stored or potential energy that may cause discomfort, impairment, injury or a fatality. In accordance with the University Hazardous Energy Control Policy (Lock-Out/Tag-Out), this SOG establishes the minimum requirements for the control of hazardous energy sources when maintaining or servicing equipment and machinery that could cause injury to personnel working for or at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


12.1 An annual review of the attached policy and SOG shall be done in order to modify and improve the existing requirements in accordance with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.147 and the University of Massachusetts Amherst LockOut/Tag-Out Committee.