What are lockout tagout devices?

Lockout tagout devices typically come in the form of personal safety padlocks, circuit breaker locks, valve locks, plug locks, and tags. Devices such as cable locks and lock boxes are also instrumental in various lockout tagout procedures.

These devices are used to de-energize machines and securely isolate hazardous energy sources. They warn and prevent unauthorized personnel and other employees from re-energizing a machine that’s meant to be turned off for repairs or maintenance.

A lockout tagout device has to be able to fit on or over switches, valves, circuit breakers, and more. The device will then be secured with at least one personal safety padlock.

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