What is a lockout and how is it avoided?

Lockout refers to the process of shutting down energy sources properly, exhausting all energy that may be left since the last machine operation, and then securely putting a lockout device to prevent unexpected re-energization. Lockout is the first half of a lockout tagout procedure, which is mandated by OSHA in most industries. It forms part of the LOTO program that aims to enforce workplace safety practices. Therefore, it cannot be avoided.

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