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Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures should always be used to improve safety in the workplace. The LOTO procedure is a pretty straight forward safety policy that has saved thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries.
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07/26/2022

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

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Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures should always be used to improve safety in the workplace. The LOTO procedure is a pretty straight forward safety policy that has saved thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries.
  • Types of Hazardous Energy

  • Understanding each hazardous energy source is important when identifying where the lockout tagout system needs to be implemented in a facility. Those other energy sources include:

  • Electrical Energy

  • Common LOTO Procedures:

  • Mechanical Energy

  • LOTO Procedures:

  • Hydraulic Energy

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  • Pneumatic Energy

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  • Chemical Energy

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  • Thermal Energy

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  • Creating Machine-Specific Procedures

  • The lockout tagout process is unique for every machine across all industries. Some machines have just one power source, while others have multiple. Because of this, when using lockout tagout programs in a facility, it is important to make sure detailed instructions are written and followed for every single machine.

  • In most cases, the best way to do that is to create a step-by-step checklist that everyone who works on a machine can follow. Having checklists is a great way to guarantee everything is done correctly and in the proper order, which is critical for safety when working on potentially dangerous machines.

  • Steps to a Lockout/Tagout Procedure

  • When creating a lockout tagout procedure for a machine, it is important to include the following items. How these items are covered will vary from situation to situation, but the general concepts listed here should all be addressed in every lockout tagout procedure:

  • Notification

  • Visual Communication

  • Energy Identification

  • How Energy Is Removed

  • Dissipate Energy

  • Secure Movable Parts

  • Tag/Lock Out

  • Engagement Procedures

  • Other

  • Understanding Lockout/Tagout Programs

  • Employee training for both affected employees and LOTO authorized employees should always occur before servicing and maintenance activities begin for those who are new to LOTO.

  • Retraining for these procedures should take place when employees have:

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