LOTO programmes have several benefits:
LOTO procedures in 6 steps
Prepare for the shutdown.
Note: It’s generally recommended to make a list of authorised employees and train them extensively in LOTO procedures. The rest of the staff should be informed but does not need such extensive training. However, when it comes to maintenance teams, this happens at your discretion. According to the perceived risks, you may even train everyone.
Place locks and tags.
Pro tip: make a checklist of all the plugs and switches that need to be locked out. This will make it easier to order locks and choose suitable devices for electrical and mechanical parts. Lockout stations are a good option to organise them and save time during maintenance or repairs.
Block stored energy.
Verify equipment isolation.
Life after LOTO
We recommend periodic energy control inspections to ensure your guidelines are up to date, especially if machines are modified. You can also provide periodic refresher training to your staff. It can be included, for example, in safety and hazard identification retraining.
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)