Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is a safety procedure used in industry to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not started up again before maintenance or service work is completed. The procedure involves isolating energy sources and securing them with a lock or tag to prevent accidental activation.
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Comprehensive Support for AGGIE SAFETY’s Lockout-Tagout Compliance
AGGIE SAFETY can provide the following support of authorized lockout-tagout requirements based on common safety practices:
1. Written Program:
• Employers are typically required to have a written lockout-tagout program that outlines procedures, responsibilities, and training requirements.
2. Energy Control Procedures:
• Detailed procedures for shutting down, isolating, blocking, and securing machines or equipment must be established.
3. Employee Training:
• Employees involved in maintenance or service work must be trained in the lockout-tagout procedures.
• Training should cover the recognition of hazardous energy sources, the methods of energy isolation, and the importance of following proper lockout-tagout procedures.
4. Lockout Devices:
• Lockout devices should be provided for each energy isolation point.
• Locks should be standardized, and each employee should have their own unique lock.
• Locks must be durable and capable of withstanding the environment.
5. Tagout Devices:
• Tagout devices are used in conjunction with lockout procedures and provide additional warning.
• Tags should include information such as the reason for the lockout, the name of the person who applied the lock, and the date.
6. Verification of Isolation:
• Before any maintenance or service work begins, the authorized employee must verify that all forms of hazardous energy have been effectively isolated.
7. Release from Lockout-Tagout:
• Only the employee who applied the lockout or tagout device should be allowed to remove it, except in cases of an emergency or specific procedures.
8. Periodic Inspections:
• Periodic inspections of lockout-tagout procedures should be conducted to ensure their effectiveness and identify and correct deficiencies.
• Clear communication channels should be established to inform all affected employees about the lockout-tagout procedures and equipment status under lockout.
• Records should be maintained, including the dates of inspections, employee training, and any incidents related to lockout-tagout procedures.
Building a Safer Workplace
Navigating Diverse Regulatory Landscapes: Industry and Jurisdictional Variations
It’s crucial to note that specific regulations may differ based on the jurisdiction and the industry. Employers should be familiar with the regulations applicable to their location and ensure compliance with those requirements. Always consult with local safety authorities and legal experts to ensure that you are following the most current and relevant regulations.