#YHSafetyTips - Lockout - Tagout

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Feb 15, 2017

When working on electrically powered equipment it is important to follow strict lockout-tagout (LOTO) procedures. An effective LOTO program ensures equipment can not be inadvertently energized while under going maintenance. All of your maintenance and service technicians should receive annual training on your LOTO program. At no time, should anyone attempt to use equipment while it is locked out. LOTO is a standard practices across most industries.

Lockout: This is process of physically placing a lock on your equipment to ensure that it does not get energized while undergoing maintenance. The device must be able to prevent someone from removing the device with force.

Tagout: A lockout tag should accompany all locks on the machine. This gives other employees & outside contractors warning that the equipment is undergoing maintenance and should not be energized. Machines may not be used until this tag is removed by the person listed on the tag. It is very important that your tags are brightly colored, and have big wording that says “DO NOT OPERATE“ or “DO NOT ENERGIZE”.

OSHA requires you to have a certain lockout-tagout process.

1. Find energy source & turn off the affected equipment
2. Let workers know you are LOTO
3. Turn off machine using the procedures you normally would to turn it off
4. Cut off the machines from the energy source
5. Lockout-tagout the equipment with locks and tags
6. Release any stored energy
7. Confirm isolation of energy has occurred by trying the equipment
8. Now begin the service to your equipment
9. When you are finish remove the lockout-tagout from the equipment

For more information on the minimal procedures for lockout-tagout visit OSHA’s website

If you haven’t seen last weeks post on “Back Safety” check it out here. Next week we will be discussing DOT Safety.

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