School operations

Equipment Isolation and Tag Out

3 Repair or maintenance of plant and equipment

3.1 Competent person

The principal and/or their delegate must ensure that only a competent person (a person who has acquired through training or qualification the knowledge and skills appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken e.g. electrician, plumber, gas-fitter or service technician) is permitted to repair the equipment and remove the ‘Caution — Out of Service’ or ‘Danger — Do Not Operate’ tags and/or locks.

For certain types of equipment, the competent person may need to hold a licence or registration to be able to undertake repair or maintenance. If the competent person is not a school employee then the principal or their delegate must manage the contracted person as per the requirements outlined in the Contractor OHS Management Procedure.

The competent person must ensure isolation and lock out devices are installed and the equipment is tagged as ‘Do not operate’ until the repair or service has been completed.

3.2 Reinstatement

The principal and/or their delegate must ensure that equipment is only returned to service when the defect or condition, which necessitated its removal for service, has been repaired or corrected.

Tags and isolation devices are to be removed and the equipment must only be re-connected and activated according to specific requirements for the equipment.

Chapter 3 of the Equipment Isolation and Tag Out Procedure on repairing, maintain or reinstating equipment

Reviewed 28 January 2021

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