A medical center had added buildings over the years. Their maintenance department was kept very busy, making sure the building systems ran smoothly. Even though maintenance personnel maintained, repaired, and replaced equipment, they had never developed lockout procedures until OSHA cited them. They had boilers, air handlers, pumps, water softeners, chillers, and other building systems spread throughout their seven buildings. Over a five-month period, CHESS developed over 200 procedures for them. Working with maintenance staff, we compiled the procedures into an easy-to-find guide that allows staff to know immediately how many locks they need, what energy sources needed to be controlled, and where to find the disconnects (which were not always evident). We also trained their maintenance staff on when and how to lock out equipment, and provided guidance to them so they could do the required annual audit of lockout procedures. As the medical center has brought in new equipment, they have called CHESS in to develop new procedures for them.
That’s not the only big facility for which we’ve developed lockout procedures. We’ve done them for ten buildings on a community college campus and for a medical device manufacturer with about 200 unique machines. We’ve developed procedures for everything from air handlers to swimming pools.