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What Is Lock Out Tag Out?
Lockout/Tagout is a safety procedure to help ensure machines and equipment are properly shut off and kept from starting up again prior to the completion of any maintenance or service work.
The lockout/tagout standard provides minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. Proper lockout/tagout measures help alert your employees that certain pieces of equipment have been temporarily disabled. The unexpected energization of machines can lead to serious consequences.
Why Lock Out Tag Out Procedures Are Important
Failure to adhere to safe lockout/tagout procedures can put your employees at risk of sustaining serious injuries. The unexpected startup of equipment can lead to pinching, cuts, burns, crushing, shock, electrocution and even death.
When Must a Lock Out Tag Out Device Be Used?
- When service or maintenance is being performed on or around any machine where injury could result from unexpected start-up or the release of stored energy.
- When new equipment or machinery is being installed.
- When a guard or other safety device must be bypassed or removed.
- When an employee must place any part of his body where it could be caught by moving machinery.
Some Common Lock Out Tag Out Devices
- Circuit Breaker Lockout – Designed to help lock out most major brands of breakers. The goal of this product is to isolate a given breaker in a circuit breaker panel so that the entire breaker box does not need
to be locked out.
- Valve Lockouts – Designed to prevent fluid or gas valves from being opened while repair or maintenance is occurring. This could involve ball valves (handle you turn 90° to shut off) or gate valves (round knob). Ball valve lockouts are measured by the length of the handle. Gate valve lockouts are measured by the diameter of
- Plug Lockout – Assists in locking out any electrical plug up to certain diameters
- Electrical/Pneumatic Plug – This multipurpose device can lock out electrical cords and male air hose connectors
- Wall Switch Lockout – Prevents workers from tampering with switches or accidental startup of equipment. Switch can be locked in the on or off position
- Adjustable Cable Lockout – Comes with a cable that allows for locking out a wide variety of electrical or valve lockouts and accommodates multiple padlocks
- Hasp – Allows more than one worker to put their padlock on an energy control device when more than one worker is performing maintenance on a given piece of equipment
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