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Safety LOTO Procedures

This checklist policy is used for protecting employees who must do service or maintenance on machines or equipment and who could be injured by an unexpected start-up or release of hazardous energy. This policy will ensure that machinery or equipment is stopped, isolated from all hazardous energy sources, and properly locked or tagged out.
MaintainX
07/26/2022

Safety LOTO Procedures

9 steps
This checklist policy is used for protecting employees who must do service or maintenance on machines or equipment and who could be injured by an unexpected start-up or release of hazardous energy. This policy will ensure that machinery or equipment is stopped, isolated from all hazardous energy sources, and properly locked or tagged out.
  • Lockout/Tagout procedures will vary from company to company, but when any instances of hazardous energy are present, workers can then go through the following six steps of the basic LOTO procedure:

  • Preparation

  • Shutdown

  • Isolation

  • Lockout/Tagout

  • Stored Energy Check

  • Isolation Verification

  • Where to Use LOTO Protocol

  • The unexpected energization of machines can seriously injure or even kill someone – it's critical that LOTO procedures are closely followed when dealing with hazardous energy. The following are some of the more common situations where LOTO is used.

  • Entering areas with moving machine parts

  • Fixing machines that are clogged, damaged, or missing parts

  • Performing electrical work

  • Employees that adhere to the business’ established Lockout/Tagout training and protocol will dramatically reduce their risk of energy release, and any subsequent injuries.

Source: MaintainX (Community Member)

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