Lockout/Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy)

Chapter 296-803, WAC

Effective Date: 11/01/04

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WAC 296-803-200

Energy Control Program

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Your Responsibility:
To establish an energy control program

You must

Establish a written energy control program

WAC 296-803-20005
Establish a written energy control program

You must

  • Establish a written energy control program to protect employees that service or maintain a machine or equipment from injury caused by the:
    • – Unexpected energization or start up of the machine or equipment
    • – Release of stored energy.
  • Make sure the program contains all of the following:
  • Develop and document in writing energy control procedures to protect employees doing service or maintenance of a machine or equipment from potentially hazardous energy.


  • You don't have to have written energy control procedures for a particular machine or equipment if all of the following apply:
    • – The machine or equipment has a single energy source that's easily identified and can be isolated
    • – The machine or equipment is completely deenergized and deactivated by isolating and locking out the energy source
    • – There’s no stored or residual energy that could be a hazard to employees, and the machine or equipment can't reaccumulate such energy after it’s been shut down
    • – The energy source can be locked out with a single lockout device
    • – The machine or equipment is isolated from the energy source and locked out during service or maintenance
    • – The authorized employee doing the service or maintenance has exclusive control of the lockout device
    • – The service or maintenance doesn't create a hazard for other employees
    • – The machine or equipment has never been unexpectedly energized or activated during service or maintenance.

You must

  • Make sure energy control procedures clearly and specifically outline:
    • – The scope, purpose, authorization, rules, and techniques to control hazardous energy
    • – How you’ll make sure employees follow the procedures.
  • Make sure energy control procedures specifically identify at least the following:
    • – When the procedure must be used.
    • – What the specific procedural steps are for:
        • Shutting down, isolating, blocking, and securing the machine or equipment.
        • Placing, removing, and transferring lockout or tagout devices and who is responsible for them.
    • – How to test the machine or equipment to verify the effectiveness of lockout devices, tagout devices, and other energy control measures.



  • Similar machines and equipment may be covered by a single written procedure if all of the following apply:
    • – They use the same type and magnitude of energy.
    • – They have the same or similar types of controls.
    • – The specific machines and equipment covered by the procedure are identified by at least type and location.

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Helpful Tool:
Sample Lockout Procedures

You can find a sample fill-in-the-blank lockout procedure in the Resources section of this chapter.

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