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What Is Lockout Tagout

What Is Lockout Tagout

May 25, 2018

While repairing or maintaining industrial equipment and machinery, from huge rollers or engines to simple hand-held drills and saws, the main cause of an accident is usally the result of the uncontrolled release of energy. A primary example would be: Someone attempting to restart a machine, without realising that someone has entered the area to perform maintenance. A high profile example of a lockout tagout failure is the Piper Alpha incident that occurred in 1988. In order to prevent this kind of accident, several policies were enacted: All energy sources that are turned off, must be isolated or 'locked out'. This can apply to electrical sources, gas or hydraulics. The 'tagout' part of the name refers to the identification tags that must be applied to each lockout. This not only proves that the lockout has been offically authorised, but also provides a contact reference for non-maintenance personnel who may have enquiries. The biggest part of any lockout tagout procedure is the rule that only the person who enacted the isolation can remove it. This generally results in a company giving each employee a single or set of unique padlocks for their own use, and that employee carries the only key. This prevents anyone from simply coming up and removing a padlock to restart a machine.


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