The Department of Veterans Affairs worked with Burns & McDonnell to produce Occupational Safety and Health Administration-compliant lockout/tagout (LOTO) and confined space (CS) procedures for the Colmery-O'Neil and Dwight D. Eisenhower VA medical centers in Topeka and Leavenworth, Kansas. The procedures are part of a master database that is searchable by building, floor or other criteria. All equipment and CS locations were photographed and tagged in facility drawings.
As part of the project, our team conducted site investigations and data collection for the preparation of the LOTO and CS procedures on both campuses, each approximately 200 acres. The Topeka campus encompassed 38 buildings and 855,741 square feet. The Leavenworth campus includes 35 buildings and 706,733 square feet. The project included:
Collecting available as-built documentation
Field verification of the location of all equipment
Documenting such equipment information as equipment manufacturer, make, model and capacity, including photographs
Identifying the location of all equipment energy sources and energy isolation devices
Creating digital models of each building, indicating equipment locations
Burns & McDonnell surveyed each campus to locate CS sites, then worked with medical center staff to determine methods to secure all CS and develop CS entry procedures. All procedures, equipment and locations were entered into a database with a user-friendly interface that allows sorting of the data.
After the audit and procedure development, Burns & McDonnell trained the VA staff on proper use of the procedures.