Requirement on Lockout/ Tagout Procedures
The Factories (Amendment) Act 1999 has a new section, namely section 24A, which requires that a set of lock-out procedures be established and implemented for the protection of persons involved in the aforementioned work. Section 24A of the Factories Act is about the establishment and implementation of lock-out procedures. It is reproduced below:
Lock-out procedures shall be established and implemented for the inspection, cleaning, repair or maintenance of any plant, machinery or equipment that, if inadvertently activated or energized, is liable to cause bodily injury to any person.
Every person carrying out any work described in subsection (1) shall be fully instructed on the lock-out procedures for that work before commencing that work.
For the purposes of this section, "lock-out procedures" means a set of procedures:
- To ensure that all energy sources to the relevant plant, machinery or equipment will be isolated, disconnected or discharged; an
- To prevent any part of the plant, machinery or equipment from being inadvertently activated or energized.
The occupier of a factory must establish and implement a set of lock-out procedures for each of the plant, machinery or equipment where inspection, cleaning, repair or maintenance work may have to be carried out and where accidental startup is possible.