III.E. Hazardous Conditions and Appropriate 

Safety Precautions


POLICY TITLE: Hazardous Conditions and Appropriate Safety Precautions
  • Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
  • Hazardous Materials, Infectious Agents, and Pesticides – Right to Know
  • Safety Responsibility and Release Form


Electrical, mechanical, hydraulic or pneumatic energy can be safely controlled for the operation of machines and equipment. However, any type of energy can present a serious safety hazard if it is released unexpectedly or suddenly energizes a piece of equipment that is being serviced or maintained. Therefore, lockout/tagout shall apply whenever normal machine or process equipment safeguards are bypassed or are rendered ineffective.

It is the philosophy of Fox Valley Technical College to provide a safe and healthful learning and working environment. In keeping with that philosophy, a Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) policy is hereby adopted. This policy has been developed in accordance with OSHA Standard 29CFR 1910.147 as adopted under ILHR 32, and applied to the control of energy during servicing and/or maintenance of machines and equipment.

The following procedure establishes the minimum requirements for the lockout or tagout of energy isolating devices. This procedure will apply to all staff and students (authorized individuals) whose duties require them to service, repair, or perform work on power equipment.
  1. Energy isolation and/or lockout procedures must be followed whenever an authorized individual is required to:

    1. Remove or bypass a guard or other safety device, and/or
    2. Place any part of their body into a machine or equipment area where a danger zone exists.

  2. The minimum requirements for the lockout or tagout of hazardous energy for a general work situation are:

    1. Inform all affected employees that a lockout or tagout is going to be implemented.
    2. If the machine or equipment is operating, shut it down using normal operating (shutdown) procedures.
    3. Move the switch, valve, or other energy isolating device(s) into the off position so that the equipment is isolated from the energy source(s). Stored energy must be dissipated or restrained by appropriate methods.
    4. Lockout and/or tagout the energy isolating devices with assigned lock(s) or tag(s).
    5. After determining that no one is exposed to risk, attempt to physically operate the energy isolating device(s) and normal operating controls to ensure the equipment will not operate. Return the operating control(s) to the neutral or off position.
    6. After ensuring that the lockout/tagout device cannot be bypassed, the equipment can now be considered locked out or tagged out.

  3. To restore machines or equipment to normal production operations the following steps must be followed:

    1. After completion of servicing or maintenance, remove all tools from the machine or equipment and reinstall all guards.
    2. Ensure that all individuals in the area are in the clear.
    3. Remove all of the lockout or tagout devices and notify affected individuals.
    4. Operate the energy isolation devices to restore energy to the machine or equipment.

  4. If more than one individual is required to lockout/tagout equipment, each shall use his/her own device on the energy isolating device(s).

    1. A multiple lockout or tagout device (hasp) may be used.
    2. A lockout box or cabinet may be used which allows the use of multiple locks to secure it.

General Practice
The following items must be considered in utilizing the lockout/tagout program at Fox Valley Technical College.
  1. Lockout is the preferred method of ensuring deenergization of equipment.

  2. Tagout may only be used when it can be demonstrated to provide a level of safety equal to that of lockout.

  3. The lockout device must comply with the following restrictions:

    1. Standardized in either color, size or shape.
    2. Clearly identified with the affected individual’s name.
    3. A keyed padlock with only one key provided by FVTC.
    4. Used only for the purpose of personal lockout.
    5. Only be used by the assigned individual and never be loaned to another individual.

  4. Outside personnel (contractors, etc.) involved with activities regulated under this standard must comply with the requirements of the standards.

  5. Lockout/tagout does not apply to work on cord or plug connected electric equipment if:

    1. The equipment is unplugged from the energy source; and,
    2. The plug is under the exclusive control of the individual performing the servicing or maintenance.

  6. Tagout devices must:

    1. Be standardized and capable of withstanding weather conditions or wet and damp locations.
    2. Have an attachment device that is non-reusable, attached by hand, self-locking, with a minimum unlocking strength of no less than fifty pounds.
    3. Contain a title such as: Do Not Start or Do Not Open, and identify, by name, the individual securing the tagout device.


Chapter 364, Wis. Stats., Laws of 1981, pertains to the employees’/students’ right to know regarding the use of hazardous materials, infectious agents, and pesticides. All District employees and students are covered under the provisions of this law.

It shall be the policy of the Fox Valley Technical College to comply fully with the provisions of Section 101.58-101.59, Wis. Stats., relative to the employees’ right to know.

The Fox Valley Technical College District has established the following procedures.

Hazardous Materials, Infectious Agents, and Pesticides…All those materials so designated by definition in Section 101.58-101.59, Wis. Stats.


Safety Specialist/
Proper notice shall be posted in every workplace informing employees/students of the possible use of hazardous materials, infectious agents or pesticides.
Safety Specialist/
Will be responsible for maintenance and compliance of the various aspects of the statutes by providing a listing of infectious agents, hazardous materials, and pesticides.
RequestorRequests in writing to supervisor or school health nurse, information regarding safe use of hazardous materials, infectious agents, and pesticides.
Safety Specialist/
Within 15 working days after a written request for information on a hazardous material, responds with information available on a Material Safety Data Sheet.

Exception to 15-working day limit:
If the District does not have required information available when the request is made, the District has 30 working days in which to obtain the information.
Safety Specialist/
Provides education and training in the use of hazardous materials, infectious agents, and pesticides to staff and students.

Prior to initial assignment to a work or instructional area where employees/students are potentially exposed to hazardous materials, infectious agents, or pesticides, will provide an education or training program.  Additional instruction must be provided whenever the employee/student may be exposed to additional hazardous materials.
Purchasing Agent/
Accounting Department
Requests Material Safety Data Sheet from the supplier or manufacturer when purchasing products which are considered hazardous materials.  The request is made a part of the purchase order.

Forwards copy of Material Safety Data Sheet to the Safety Specialist and to the appropriate supervisor.
Safety Specialist/
School Health Nurse
Develops a resource file of Material Safety Data Sheets in the Health Services Office.
Supervisor Maintains record of requests from students and employees and verification of response.
Safety Specialist
Forwards copy of all requests and responses which are requested from the Safety Specialist to division supervisor.

It is essential that safety policies and procedures be strictly adhered to in the learning environment of Fox Valley Technical College courses offered throughout the College. The following guidelines seek to ensure that students are aware of potential safety hazards in program activities, and accept the responsibility for exposure to such hazards.

It is the policy of Fox Valley Technical College that each program or instructional area include within curriculum material the general safety policies and practices of the College. Further, safety policies and practices specific to a program area shall be clearly identified and presented to each student. It is the responsibility of the instructor to insure compliance with this requirement.

The use of a student release form is recommended in program areas that present a higher than normal risk for the student. A recommended format for a student release form is attached.

Failure on the part of the student to comply with appropriate safety policies and procedures shall be grounds for dismissal from that specific program area.

Concerns which arise regarding the appropriateness of the use of the release form in specific program areas are to be directed to the Safety Specialist for review and recommendation.

Adopted: 06/18/94
Reorganized: 06/24/97
Reviewed: 10/01/99
Revised: 10/01/97

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