How do you use lockout/tagout tags?

LOTO tags are usually used in two ways: to identify the lock owner or, on an exception basis, to be used in the absence of a lock. In special cases where there is no lock, and a tag is the only option to isolate energy, OSHA requires that the tag must:

  •     Withstand the environment to which it is exposed
  •     Be standardized and distinguishable from other tags
  •     Include clear warnings and instructions
  •     Be a non-reusable, self-locking device that can withstand 50 pounds of pull force

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