Having an up-to-date and well-practiced Lock out/Tag out process could be the difference between life and death…literally.
1. Train your workers – this is the most important step. Your policy is nothing without proper training. Each employee should be assigned his or her own lock and identifying tag to ensure everyone is aware of who is working on the locked piece of machinery.
2. Find an disconnect all energy sources – even those that might be standard electrical energy sources.
3. Attach keyed padlocks to the machinery. Some companies choose individually keyed locks while others choose keyed-alike locks to ensure only one key can open each lock, reducing the risk of error.
4. Debrief after lockout procedures – what worked, what could use improvement? Be sure to analyze your Lockout procedure once or twice a year to guarantee its safety.
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