How do you use lockout tagout devices?

Padlocks – Personal safety padlocks are used to secure lockout tagout devices such as valve locks, circuit breaker locks, plug locks, cable locks, and lock boxes. Each padlock belongs to an authorized employee and should be tagged with the owner's details.

Valve locks – Valve locks are used to secure valve handles and are locked with a personal safety lock, preventing employees from physically accessing the handwheel.

Circuit breaker locks – Circuit breaker locks prevent electrical circuits from being accidentally activated. Employees can install them by clamping them over circuit breaker switches. Then, personal safety padlocks must secure these locks.

Plug locks – A plug lock stops a machine from being plugged in, therefore preventing power from flowing into it. The plug lock encases the machine's plug, which is then secured with a padlock.

Cable locks – There are bound to be situations in which a switch or a valve is in a spot that’s difficult to access, making lockout tagout difficult as well. A cable lock is versatile and can be used in hard-to-reach areas, thus making lockout tagout possible.

Tags – Tags are an essential part of lockout tagout and should thus be included with every lock installed. They all come with a tie hole that allows them to be attached to locks. Additionally, they are writable and can be labeled with information about the lockout tagout procedure that’s underway.

Hasps – Hasps are versatile and can be used on lockouts for valves, circuit breakers, and a variety of machines. Each hasp comes with multiple padlock holes that allow multiple employees to lock out a single machine, valve, or panel.

Lock boxes – When personal safety padlocks are currently in use in a lockout tagout procedure, their keys can be stored and secured in a lock box. The lock box itself can also be secured by multiple padlocks belonging to all employees involved in the procedure. This ensures that no machine, valve, or panel will be re-energized until all employees are done with their lockout tagout tasks.

The material provided in this article is for general information purposes only. It is not intended to replace professional/legal advice or substitute government regulations, industry standards, or other requirements specific to any business/activity. While we made sure to provide accurate and reliable information, we make no representation that the details or sources are up-to-date, complete or remain available. Readers should consult with an industrial safety expert, qualified professional, or attorney for any specific concerns and questions.


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