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Design of a Self-Audit Tool for the Application of Lockout on Machinery in the Province of Quebec, Canada to Control Hazardous Energies

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Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, P.O. Box 6079, Station Centre-ville, Montreal, QC H3C 3A7, Canada
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Department of Mechanical and Physical Risk Prevention, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), 505 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, QC H3A 3C2, Canada
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Safety 2019, 5(3), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5030053
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 13 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health and Safety New Challenges for Industry)
Failure to apply lockout procedures for the control of hazardous energies is one of the main causes of machinery-related fatal and serious injuries in North America. The absence of audits of lockout or the lack of proper tools for auditing lockout is prevalent, and thus the application of lockout is often not fully in compliance with standards and regulations. A self-audit tool for the application of lockout procedures for machinery was developed on the basis of the current standards and regulations, and previous research. The tool was then tested for content validity through experts’ opinions and qualitative feedback from six organizations in the province of Quebec in Canada. The developed audit tool defines the actual procedures to audit, as well as the surrounding conditions that are needed and the prerequisites based on standards, regulations, and findings from previous research. The results showed that the tool displayed a high content validity index and demonstrated that the usability, applicability, and comprehensiveness of the tool were adequate. This self-audit tool helps organizations monitor the application of lockout on machinery for the safety of workers and to ensure that the actual practice of controlling hazardous energy is in compliance with relevant standards and regulations. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-audit tool; lockout procedure; application of lockout; content validity; safety of machinery self-audit tool; lockout procedure; application of lockout; content validity; safety of machinery
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Karimi, B.; Burlet-Vienney, D.; Chinniah, Y.; Aucourt, B. Design of a Self-Audit Tool for the Application of Lockout on Machinery in the Province of Quebec, Canada to Control Hazardous Energies. Safety 2019, 5, 53.

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