Wednesday, July 1, 2015

OSHA Lockout/Tagout Standard and Motor Vehicles

One area where the OSHA lockout/tagout standard is commonly thought not to apply is when we work on our cars, trucks, and other vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. But to overlook these types of equipment would be wrong, as it could lead to an injury, or even death!

Employees performing service or maintenance on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines are exposed to . . .

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  1. Interesting topic; makes sense. Why wait until someone is fatally injured to adopt some common sense practices for this type of work. If it's not covered by the New LOTO Standards then there's the General Duty Clause to consider. - Robin R. Hall, CET

  2. Interesting, thanks for providing the reminder to the group. An OSHA reply discusses it here and references the basic policy. If you've ever read any maintenance guide for motor vehicles, the first step for working on any electrical systems to include air bags is to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. The other electrical hazard is the ignition coil which can pack a wallop if someone is directly messing with it. Otherwise, the system is considered de-energised when a battery's negative terminal is disconnected and isolated, or the battery completely removed during ordinary maintenance on electrical systems. There is also the issue of stored, potential energy when a vehicle is raised... commercial, powered hydraulic lifts do have safety systems to assure the lift would lower slow enough for workers to get out from underneath in the event of a hydraulic failure. With crank type or wheeled floor jacks, JACK STANDS on the raised axle WITH CHALKS REQUIRED on the non raised wheels' axle when working underneath. Parking or hand brakes only engage the rear wheels and are no substitute for chalks! Follow mfrs instructions when using wheeled floor jacks and jack stands. . - Robert Watson

  3. If 1910.147 applies to working on/servicing motor vehicles, how can the myriad of quick oil change companies out there allow a person to sit in the driver seat (with the keys) while the oil change and other types of services (change belt) are being performed?


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