Safety First

AugustLockout/Tagout Safety


Ensure Correct Procedure

No lockout system will be effective if it is undertaken in a hit-or-miss fashion. You must be absolutely sure that workers are absolutely sure about lockout/tagout procedures, whether they’re performing the lockout, whether they’re affected by it, or whether they’re just working in the area.


Simple Precautions

  1. Never under any circumstance work on equipment that has not been de-energized and locked out.
  2. Make sure that multiple lockout procedures are always followed when more than one person is servicing equipment.
  3. Never leave the key in a lock; it’s protecting someone’s life.
  4. Each worker must perform the shutoff & lockout him or herself.
  5. The main disconnect must always be locked out.
  6. Before anyone does any repairs, they must take a few moments to test the controls to make sure they are definitely inoperative.


Common Mistakes

This job will only take a few minutes. I don’t need to use a lock. A worker pulls the switch and correctly locks it out. Then other workers begin to make repairs. The first worker finishes first, removes his lock leaving the other workers unprotected. A worker performing a lockout is afraid she’s going to lose the key, so she leaves it in the lock. An employee locked out the control circuit and thought that was good enough.

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