is pretty obvious. Were there any personnel injuries or
damaged equipment because of violations to the tag-out
program? This first method sounds good, but it is not
always accurate. The second method (required) really
does not take that much time if performed consistently.
Use of the second method also will ensure that personnel
injuries and equipment damage do not occur. What
method are we referring to? It is the audit portion of the
As a maintenance person you probably were not
concerned with the audit portion of the program. That
is, unless there was a discrepancy found on an
equipment tag-out that you were responsible for. But
now as a GS supervisor your responsibilities have
changed. You will probably be in charge of a work
center, and as you continue to progress you will
probably qualify as an EOOW/EDO. Eventually you
will be required to know all aspects of the program.
Now take a look at how tag-out audits should be
All tag-out logs (records) must be kept in the
space(s) designated by your ships instruction.
Normally, these records for the engineering department
will be kept in the central control station (CCS).
Supervisory watch standers (EOOWs/EDOs) must
review these records as part of the watch-relieving
Checks and audits of all tag-outs must be conducted
every two weeks. However, these requirements may be
superseded by your type commander (TYCOM) or even
your own ships instruction. Remember, just as with
PMS, audit frequency can only be increased, not
1. All outstanding tags listed on the Tag-out Record
Sheet must be checked as correctly installed by
visual comparison of the information on the tag,
the record sheet, and the item on which the tag
is posted. when a valve or switch position is
prescribed, a visual check that the item is in its
proper position is made unless an operation such
as removal of a cover, cap, or closure is required.
No operation of a valve or switch is authorized
as part of a routine tag-out audit. In addition, a
spot check of installed tags should be conducted
to ensure that tags so checked are effective (that
is, covered by an active Tag-out Record Sheet).
Report all discrepancies in the check of actual
position at once to the EOOW/EDO before
proceeding any further with the tag audit. The
date, time, discrepancies (including corrective
actions), and signature of the person conducting
the check is logged on each Tag-out Record
Sheet under the last tag listed.
When the actual position of a DANGER-tagged
valve is in question, the EOOW/EDO, with the
specific permission of the responsible
department head, if available, may authorize
two people to independently check the position
of the specific valve(s).
Checking the position of a valve is done only by
attempting to turn the valve handwheel/operator a
small amount in the SHUT direction.
This is an approved exception to the prohibition
on operation of DANGER-tagged equipment.
This valve position check must be performed
using the applicable approved procedures for
valve lineup checks.
All outstanding Tag-out Record Sheets are
audited against the Index/Audit Record section.
As part of the audit, each Tag-out Record Sheet
is checked as previously specified. The date,
discrepancies noted, and signature of the person
conducting the audit are logged by a line entry
in the Index/Audit Record section of the tag-out
Checking the installation of instrument labels
and auditing the logs must be conducted in the
same manner as a tag-out audit.
To ensure that tag-out/label procedures are enforced
properly, the cognizant department head (engineer
officer) frequently checks the tag-out log, notes errors,
and brings them to the attention of those responsible.
The completed Tag-out Record Sheets and Instrument
Logs are removed by the department head (engineer
officer) after the review.
Remember, a violation of any tag compromises the
entire tag-out system and could in itself have serious
All loose tags that have been removed must be
As the Navy and our country progress into the 21st
century, a much needed and stronger emphasis has to be