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    Lock Out Tag Out Essentials

    As part of a safe system of work, lock out tag out
    should be employed to ensure hazardous energy has been safely isolated. When
    conducting maintenance, repairs or cleaning work on any machinery and
    equipment, a safe procedure should be in place to ensure stored energy has been
    safely dispelled, and re-energisation does not accidentally occur. Here we have
    highlighted the essentials for a lock out tag out procedure.

    What
    is Lock Out Tag Out

    When correctly implemented and followed, a lock out
    tag out procedure ensures that machinery or equipment is completely shut off,
    stored energy safely isolated and re-energisation cannot occur accidentally.
    Recognised as a safety standard, lock out tag out is widely implemented as part
    of safety regulations and used across a variety of machinery and equipment.

    Stages
    of Lock Out Tag Out

    The lock out tag out procedure begins with the
    preparation of the equipment and the area. Workers should be made aware a lock
    out procedure is about to take place to ensure they don’t accidentally attempt
    to restart the equipment. The equipment is then shut down using the
    manufacturers procedure.

    After shut down has occurred, all energy sources
    should now be isolated and devices applied to the equipment. At this point lock out devices can be
    implemented by utilising padlocks from Reece Safety

    and identifier tags. Stored energy should now be isolated by blocking moving parts
    and inspecting for any remaining movement.

    The procedure now requires the try out phase,
    whereby you safely attempt to restart the equipment. If the procedure has been
    implemented correctly this should not occur. After safely shutting back down,
    you may now complete the desired work. After work has complete, the lock out
    devices can be removed and the equipment safely restarted.

    Lock
    Out Tag Out Essentials

    As part of the lock out procedure, there are a few
    essential pieces of equipment required to ensure safe isolation. These include
    the following:

    Safety Padlock: A highly important aspect of lock
    out tag out is having the correct locks to place on your equipment. By choosing
    the correct safety padlock, specifically designed for lock out tag out, will
    help to ensure a safe system of work.    

    Identifier Tag: Tags allow for a visual method of
    identifying who applied the lock, as this is the only person during a lock out
    procedure permitted to remove it. The tags often include information such as
    name, type of isolation and the date of the lock out. These tags will sometimes
    include photographs for easy identification.

    Lockout Hasp: Vital for multi-person lock out
    procedures, lock out hasps allow energy sources to be isolated by more than one
    worker for a safe system of work. This means the equipment cannot be re-energised
    until every worker has removed their lock from the hasp.

    Key Cabinets: For padlocks with individual keys,
    storing these within a key cabinet will ensure only authorised personnel can
    access them. Key cabinets are also especially useful for storing the equipment
    keys to prevent accidental re-energisation.

    Lock Out Stations: These are highly beneficial for
    storing all of your lock out equipment in one place. As lock out equipment
    should not be used for any other procedures in the workplace, keeping them all
    together in a secure environment can ensure they don’t become misplaced or misused.

    When implementing a lock out tag out procedure in
    the workplace it is vital that employees have been trained to a high standard
    and that the correct equipment is on hand. Without this safety procedure, or a
    high level of training, accidents in the workplace are far more likely to
    occur.