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8 steps-to-ensure-proper-lockout-tagout


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Creative Safety Supply shares how you best to proceed with a Lockout Tagout scenario, ensuring the highest level of safety for your workers and employees. Are you following these standardized safe steps?

If you want to see some LOTO accessories, equipment and devices used to ensure compliance with standard safe identification, shutdown and maintenance of a defect piece of equipment, than read through this slide deck.

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8 steps-to-ensure-proper-lockout-tagout

  1. 1. The leaders invisual safety.Tips for Safety Signage:8 Steps to Ensure Proper Lockout / Tagouts
  2. 2. Lockout / Tagout (LOTO)Refers to shutting off dangerousequipment that may be:• Emitting hazardous energy levels• Requiring maintenance before using• Is unsafe until it has been serviced
  3. 3. and LOTOIn order to protect employees frominjury, OHSA has outlined the propersafety guidelines for LOTO proceduresto ensure safe & proper lockout tagoutpractice within your facility.
  4. 4. 8 Tips To LOTO Success The following 8 Tips willhelp make the job easierwhen you need to enforce LOTO.
  5. 5. 1. Notify Employees of Needed Servicing All employees are notified of a machine or system under LOTO. They must understand that it may not be operated or turned on until it has been serviced and fully restored.
  6. 6. 2. Servicing Employee Identifies EnergyType Authorized service person identifies possible energy hazard type. A containment plan is then developed for that particular type and possible magnitude of energy hazard.
  7. 7. 3. Disable the Equipment If the equipment is still running, the service person must determine the best possible way to bring it to a safe and orderly stop.
  8. 8. 4. Deactivate and Isolate When the equipment has been shut-off in LOTO, it must be isolated and separated from its energy source, to avoid accidental restarting before servicing is finalized.
  9. 9. 5. Lockout the Equipment with Tags The equipment should then be placed on LOTO using the proper tags and locks indicating that the equipment is not functional and should not be put into use.
  10. 10. 6. Dissipate Stored Residual Energy Any stored residual energy must be relieved or dissipated to ensure that any sort of built up energy within the equipment is restrained.
  11. 11. 6. Dissipate Energy... (cont.) The unintended release of stored energy could severely injure employees and needs to be treated as a serious step within the LOTO procedure.
  12. 12. 6. Dissipate Energy... (cont.) Stored energy may include energy in springs, capacitors, hydraulic systems, flywheels and even be in the form of air, gas, water pressure, or steam.
  13. 13. 6. Dissipate Energy... (cont.) Common methods used to release stored energy include blocking, repositioning, bleeding down, and grounding among other appropriate methods.
  14. 14. 7. Verify Disconnection from Energy The equipment must be verified for full disconnection. Before verifying disconnection, the area should be clear of employees and the equipment must be in isolation.
  15. 15. 7. Verify Disconnection... (cont.) The authorized employee should verify that the LOTO equipment has indeed been disconnected, by attempting to turn on the equipment.
  16. 16. 7. Verify Disconnection... (cont.) If the equipment does not power on, it is properly prepared for service. Return equipment back to “off” position after verifying that there is no power.
  17. 17. 8. Lockout Accomplished Once all the above steps have been taken, the equipment in need of repair is deemed on full LOTO and is ready to be serviced. Remember to employ good PPE practices.
  18. 18. Looking for LOTO items? We’ve got you covered.We here at Creative Safety Supply work withcompanies both large and small to help withtheir Lockout Tagout needs. We also carry a host of other safety tools and products, so be sure to check out our website for more information -
  19. 19. We’re here to help. call us toll-free: 1-866-777-1360 or visit us online
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