Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
Lockout/Tagout and Machine Safety

Manufacturing operations use equipment that may be powered by or contain hazardous energy sources such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, or thermal energy. During repair or maintenance processes an unexpected release of energy could injure or even kill a worker.

Every year in B.C., workers are significantly injured or even killed when machinery is not properly de-energized and locked out. These accidents can be significant and life-altering and include:

  • severed fingers and limbs
  • crushing injuries
  • electric shock
  • burns

These accidents are preventable with an effective lockout/tagout program. De-energization and lockout/tagout prevent the release of this energy to protect workers.

A lockout program should include:

  • Documented identification and inventory of hazardous energy sources
  • Hazard identification/risk assessment
  • Adequate procedures for lockout and de-energization
  • Training and supervision of all workers at-risk

With the resources and information on this page, learn to identify when lockout/tagout is required, what are the associated risks, and what preventative measures can be put into place to promote a safe workplace.

Basic Training
Available by e-Learning
For workers and supervisors: understand what hazardous energy is and identify it in your workplace. Learn to apply the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHSR) requirements for lockout and de-energization to prevent the release of hazardous energy to prevent injuries and property damage.
Available Virtually by Video ConferenceInstructor-Led Classroom Training
Every day workers have to deal with hazardous energy from machinery and equipment. Are there safeguards in place to prevent contact with hazardous power, point of contact (body part and equipment) and ejecting material?
Videos & Webinars
Working with machines presents opportunities for safely improving productivity. New, collaborative applications bring worker and robot into closer proximity, introducing a host of new benefits— and potential hazards.
Lockout/Tagout and Machine Safety Resources and Tools
Toolbox Talk
Lockout/tagout is a safety practice. Dangerous machinery is shut off and can’t be started again before maintenance work is done. Lockout/tagout protects workers from serious injury or death while working on equipment.
B.C. Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Part 10 covers De-energization and Lockout in the workplace. The general requirement (10.2) states: If the unexpected energization or startup of machinery or equipment or the unexpected release of an energy source could cause injury, the energy source must be isolated and effectively controlled.
Conveyors replace manual transport processes to create more reliable, ergonomic, and organized operations. But with benefits also come hazards. New and young workers are regularly injured (injuries to hands, lacerations, fractured arms, amputated fingers, etc.) and even killed when working around or on conveyor systems. Conveyor systems can pull you into a machine extremely quickly.
All machines have potential hazards that can result in injury – or even death – to workers. Machine guarding is an important safety measure to protect workers. Make machine safeguarding the topic of your next Toolbox Talk with our conversation guide and safety facts.
The Machine Safety program model helps employers to understand the management and administration of a safeguarding process – including the legislative requirements in British Columbia such as regulation and safeguarding controls. Download your copy today.
When business operations depend on the use of complicated machinery, establishing safety requirements is critical to the protection of workers from the hazards arising from its use. Machine guards prevent worker access to moving parts of machinery, lockout ensures machines do not start up unexpectedly, and blocking prevents a machine that is temporarily raised from falling or moving during work such as maintenance. All manufacturers would benefit from completing an inventory and hazard assessment for each piece of their machinery. Schedule a scoping with our specialist advisors today.
Understand the fundamentals of machine safeguarding. Learn about the common types of machine hazards and their control methods—including the importance of regular inspections and maintenance. Whether you’re a manager, supervisor, or safety professional, this is a must-attend session for anyone looking to improve their machine safeguarding knowledge and practices. Join us to keep your team […]
Understand the fundamentals of machine safeguarding. In this case study, look at the essentials to a world-class machine safeguarding program. Learn about the common types of machine hazards and their control methods—including the importance of regular inspections and maintenance. Whether you’re a manager, supervisor, or safety professional, this is a must-attend session for anyone looking […]
The B.C. Occupational Health and Safety Policies Part 10 addresses when lockout is required. 
News & Blog Articles
Who does this impact? WorkSafeBC has announced that in 2024, as part of their Planned Inspections Initiative, they will be focusing inspections on the following manufacturing classification units (CUs). Historically, workers in these CUs are at higher risk for serious injury....
Cobotix leads way in integrating human staff with robots By Rosa Diaz and Ada Slivinski (Edited from an article published in Sheet Metal Journal, September 3, 2019). In their early days as a sheet metal fabrication shop, Cobotix Manufacturing in...