Lock-Out Tags - Hints for Effective Designs
The effectiveness of your Lockout/Tagout program depends on the quality of the tag
you use. Each of our tag designs are constructed of the highest quality materials
that are built to stand up to particular environments, and all our bold messages
are designed to stand out for better safety awareness. Click on each header below
to learn more about our signature tag designs and materials.
Your lock-out tag shouldn't be a wallflower! Use solid background or stripes to
get attention. Many prefer the ANSI tag designs which show the signal alert header.
Use direct instructions. With a bold symbol and a "DO NOT OPERATE" message, you
remove any ambiguity from your message. A symbol provides the fastest way to reinforce
your message and broaden your audience.
Larger tags get attention. They are easier to fill out and to read. Follow ANSI
guidelines by using proper language:. instead of printing 'Signed By', use 'Name'.
Use the tag line "This Lock/Tag may only be removed by:" for more accurate records.
The word 'tag' or 'lock' can be circled or crossed out. This helps reinforce the
strict language of §1910.147.
Printing instructions on the back of the tag ensures proper use. Always make sure
that these instructions correspond with the message on the front.
See OSHA §1910.147 Lock-Out/ Tag-Out, §1910.269 for the electrical industry and
§1910.268 for Telecommunications. Any effective LOTO program is built on employee
buy-in, lock-out devices and training. Overcome apathy with relevant case histories
changing support materials. See LOTO: Beyond the Written Procedure.
Tags should never tear off easily or embrittle with age. The tag fastener needs
to have “a minimum unlocking strength of no less than 50 pounds” so that your heavy-duty
tag isn't compromised [1910.147(c)(5)(ii)(C)(1)]. Use a sturdy nylon or wire tie
to secure your tag on your equipment.
Guide to Lockout Tags For a detailed guide to writing your tag and choosing the proper header, click here.