Adding an extra layer of security can’t hurt, especially when it comes to industrial facilities that have certain safety hazards. This is something that TRADESAFE’s lockout tagout lock boxes can offer.
These lock boxes come with multiple lock points that can each accommodate one personal padlock per authorized employee. Employees can remove their personal locks once they are done working. Even if just one padlock remains attached, the box will not open and the machine’s keys will remain inside. Thus, the machine cannot be powered on until the very last employee is done working on it.
A lockout tagout lock box is a box that can be used to keep padlock keys locked and secured. This makes these lock boxes especially useful for group LOTO procedures. Employees can keep the keys in the box to ensure that no lockout tagout devices can be unlocked until all members of the team are done working.
Typically, employees have their own personal safety padlocks that they can use to lockout hazardous energy sources. Employees can keep the keys to those padlocks in the lock box, which adds an extra layer of security and safety.
Each employee involved in the group procedure can also place a personal safety padlock on the lockbox. This way, the lock box will remain locked as long as there is still a member of the group who is still actively working on a machine or piece of equipment. Thus, no lockout tagout device will be removed before any other device.
Group lockout tagout is a lockout tagout method that involves multiple authorized personnel working together to safely perform maintenance or repairs on machines or equipment. The lockout tagout procedure thus involves the use of multiple lockout tagout devices, and the protocols can differ from the protocols in LOTO procedures that involve a single employee.
Typically, group LOTO procedures are more complex and require more coordination between members of a crew. These procedures can involve a single crew of multiple people, but they can also involve multiple crews. Tools like lockout tagout lock boxes and lockout tagout stations can help multiple employees coordinate and communicate with each other more effectively.
Each employee involved in a lockout tagout procedure should use at least one lock each. For example, if 5 authorized employees are working together on the same maintenance or repair job, there should be at least five locks used in the procedure. Each employee must also place their personal safety locks, and each lock can only be removed by the person that placed them.
The use of a lockout tagout lock box can help streamline this process even further. Once all employees have placed their personal safety padlocks on the relevant isolation points, they can place the keys to these padlocks in the lock box. Each member of the team can then place another personal safety padlock on the lock box itself.
When multiple employees or multiple crews are working together on the same lockout tagout job, there should be one authorized employee who is responsible for the implementation of LOTO procedures. This individual is also responsible for all the other employees currently working the maintenance or repair job.
LOTO procedures always involve authorized personnel. In group lockout tagout procedures, some of these employees are also supervisors and/or managers.
· Supervisors distribute and ensure the proper use of lockout tagout devices and other protective equipment. They also ensure that only properly trained employees are participating in the procedure.
· Managers are in charge of writing and updating the LOTO program and are also responsible for providing protective equipment. They are also the ones that identify the individuals or crews that can participate in particular lockout tagout procedures.
Padlocks that are specially made for lockout tagout procedures are essential. They are made of materials that can withstand harsh environments, and they are also more easily recognizable as part of a lockout tagout procedure.
Other tools include other lockout tagout devices such as hasps, tags, circuit breaker locks, plug locks, cable locks, and more. Lock boxes and LOTO stations are tools that can help employees keep track of devices and strictly adhere to lockout tagout procedures.