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“Lockout tagout particularly applies within any workplace with industrial machinery and should be utilised alongside other safety regulations”
For personal safety, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) requires a formal lockout/tagout programme to be in place
to ensure that employees are working in a safe environment. An effective
lockout tagout routine should take place every time machinery requires
maintenance or cleaning, and is implemented using these eight steps:
Ensure that you have determined the correct procedure for
shutting down and restarting the equipment/machinery. Prepare the equipment for
shutdown and highlight any potential hazards which may occur. Notify all
employees that a lockout procedure is taking place how long it will affect them
Explain and write down the shutdown instructions in detail to
reduce the risk of damage to equipment and keep everyone safe. Make sure the shutdown
instructions are in the correct sequence and are clearly written for other
workers to see. Adhering to manufacturers shutdown instructions will ensure the
equipment is safely shut off.
Ensure that equipment isolations points are identified,
labelled and disconnected from all primary and secondary power supplies. Be
sure to isolate all energy sources including water, steam, electricity and gas.
Identify the process that will relieve any remaining pressure or energy in the
machine if required.
Apply lockout devices to all energy isolation devices and
make sure they are tagged according to your company’s safe working procedures.
Use the appropriate lockout device along with a tagout device – combination
padlocks from Reece Safety can be used on the energy control as a secure
Inspect the system thoroughly to ensure all moving parts
have stopped and take steps to guard against residual energy. Releasing tension
in springs, bracing parts which could fall and blocking moving parts in
hydraulic systems are all examples of how to control stored energy at this
Once you have
disconnected primary and secondary sources of energy, attempt to start the
equipment to verify that the lockout has been successful. Inspect the system to
ensure it does not re-start. If the lockout has been successful, return all
switches to their off positions.
At this stage you can complete the required maintenance or
cleaning work on the equipment/machinery safely. Ensure to stay alert to any
potential hazards or areas of equipment which could re-start.
Once the work
has been complete the final stage of lockout tagout can take place, whereby the
equipment is restarted. Only the
responsible person who applied the lockout device in the first instance can
remove it, to ensure safety and accidental re-energisation does not occur. Once
the final lockout device has been removed, the equipment can be re-energised
and started up again according to manufacturers instructions.
Reece Safety has been supplying Lockout/Tagout for over 16 years and we pride ourselves on providing expert advice and great service.
Our wide product range covers a whole host of safety products designed with customer safety in mind, and we are a trusted life critical safety products supplier to a wide range of industries including Construction, Power Stations, Oil and Gas, alongside a whole host of other industries.
Whether you are part of a large multinational corporation or an independent electrician, we take a no-nonsense approach to business and aim to make ordering as easy as possible.
Whether you simply want to replace your Safety padlocks or review your entire process we are here to help. Our constantly extending product range is designed to keep your workplace as safe as possible, and now includes Arc Flash Clothing, Live Electrical Safety equipment and our extensive range of Key Cabinets, alongside a wide variety of Confined Space Training courses.
Based in Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom, our team have many years’ experience in lockout procedures and high voltage safety equipment, and pride themselves in helping our customers find exactly what they need and then delivering promptly, and, with £3 million of stock in our warehouse, we deliver over 90% of orders the next day.
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