Lockout Operations – What it is and why we do it.

Lockout operations consist of six specific procedures that ensure the safety of all people working on the project. Following these rules demonstrates respect for the power electricity has. The following steps are detailed descriptions of recommended prevention techniques followed by Brisbane Electricians.

Steps to Follow

  1. Separation is the process of turning off all power, emergency and monitoring circuits using a positive contact indication. A Positive contact indication operating handle cannot be placed in the off position when the contacts are soldered.
  2. Immobilisation means putting a padlock on the Lv circuit breaker to prevent accidental engagement. Profiled keys are not acceptable for this function. Locking is the only safe method to ensure a safe working environment. This process is often doubled up when several people are working in the area. That includes double locks and forcing two people to supervise the unlocking.
  3. Dissipation or discharging the capacitors so the energy is the lowest it can be.  The process of short-circuiting the conductors and earthing reduces the energy level. If the level is above 500 V, the procedure is mandatory, below that is it just common sense.
  4. Voltage testing must be done using a “standard device for “detecting the absence of voltage”” between the neutral, all conductors and the earth. Multimeters are strictly forbidden for this test.
  5. Signalling is simply the clear, legible marking designating the lockout status.
  6. Identification is the tedious and targeted work of documenting each device and its associated parts. The electricians must be able to interpret single line diagrams, including the symbols.  It is mandatory that wiring maps and markings are updated and available for use. The Brisbane electrician should not be interrupted and must stay focused on the task at hand.

Not just any electrician can oversee these procedures- they must be properly trained and certified by their employer. Brisbane electricians endure a vigorous training program packed full of theoretical and practical experience. Those who demonstrate the ability and aptitude for safely performing electrical work will receive a certificate.

A certificate of accreditation includes the name of both parties, the level of certification and must be provided to the employee. However, the employer remains accountable for their responsibilities. The certificate must relate to the job assigned. If the electrician is certified for one job and performs another, he is not covered.

Authorisations are required in writing. It is imperative that all parties document their understanding and receipt of the procedures before enactment. The document must be sent to the work supervisor and contain the identification number, date, time, signature and end of work date. Numerous documents are acceptable as long as the information required is retained therein.

When a company or individual is looking for an electrical company to work for them, ask if they practice the six-step process for safety. Brisbane electricians will know exactly what you are talking about as safety is first for them.

Companies that don’t comply with these rules are putting the workers, the homeowners and people in the general area at risk.