LOTO or Lockout/Tagout is an important safety step in protecting workers from hazardous energy stored in equipment that may suddenly be released when workers are servicing the equipment. To prevent this, locks and tags are placed on the energy source. LOTO requires machines to be disconnected from all potential energy sources before employees perform maintenance or repair equipment.
Although the steps involved in a LOTO procedure may depend on how complex the machine or equipment is, the most basic steps of a LOTO procedure are -
The following are some of the more common situations where LOTO is used.
These are the different types of lockout devices:
Lockout tags are commonly used with locks (padlocks, pin locks, etc.). However, in some situations (when an energy-isolating device is incapable of being locked out.), tags can be used without a lock too. OSHA 1910.147 (a)(3)(c)(3) states that “Tags are sufficient when the employer can “demonstrate that the tagout program will provide a level of safety equivalent to that obtained by using a lockout program.” This approach works only when the company’s lockout/tagout training program is established and effective.
If the tag is used without a lock, the tag must:
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Yes. Under its standard - 29 CFR 1910.147 , OSHA requires that all energy sources be turned off and either locked out or tagged out while service or maintenance work is being performed. The standard also includes the employer’s responsibilities in protecting their employees from hazardous energy and properly training employees regarding a lockout tagout procedure.