What requirements apply to lockout tagout devices?

OSHA has a few special standards for lockout tagout devices that differ significantly from regular padlocks and common products. Lockout tagout devices must be designed according to precise requirements in order to be OSHA compliant. TRADESAFE carefully evaluates these critical needs and works hard to guarantee that all products meet or surpass such standards.

Therefore, the following features should be included in these devices:

Durability – Lockout tagout devices must be made of materials that can withstand corrosive substances, impact, extreme temperatures, chemicals, water, and more.

Standardized Characteristics – The color, dimensions, shape, and other features of the devices should be standardized. This includes tags, whose print and format should also be standardized. Additionally, the instructions on the tags have to be clear and easy to read.

Substantiality – The devices must not be easy to remove or destroy. Only the use of excessive force should be able to remove the devices when necessary. Even tag attachments should be able to withstand all sorts of environments.

Proper labels – All lockout tagout devices used in a company’s lockout tagout procedures should be labeled appropriately. The labels should clearly identify the employees that installed the locks.

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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