According to OSHA following proper lockout / tagout procedures can prevent an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries every year. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to properly lockout / tagout and avoid unnecessary risk.

  • Start by notifying all employees about the required lockout.
  • Shut down equipment using the normal stopping procedure.
  • Locate and isolate equipment from all energy sources.
  • Release any stored energy.
  • Lockout all switches and controls with assigned locks and tags.
  • After ensuring that no personnel is exposed, try to operate the controls to make sure the equipment is dead.
  • Remember to return the equipment to the “off” state after the test.
  • You can then perform your work.
  • Remove the lockout device.
  • And when your work is completed, notify all employees.

Help to prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace with proper lockout / tagout procedures. Be smart and stay safe.