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Some facilities have needs that are more specific or specialized compared to the needs of others. TRADESAFE provides precision-engineered lockout tagout devices that can help address your specific needs and concerns.

Here you’ll find electrical plug lockout devices, cable locks, hasps, valve LOTO devices, and more. Each device is made of durable and high-quality materials that are capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of industrial facilities. Additionally, these devices are easy and uncomplicated to use, but they can help ensure safety in your facility.

Find the right lockout tagout device for your specific needs. No need to worry about quality; all these devices are guaranteed to give you good value for your money.

LOTO Devices FAQ

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.

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.

Only authorized employees are allowed to lock out and tag out machines or equipment. But some conditions must be met before a person may be deemed an authorized employee. For one, employers must provide proper LOTO training so that qualified employees have the knowledge and skills needed to correctly and safely install, use, and remove lockout tagout devices.

Likewise, only the authorized employees who installed the devices have the authority to remove them. However, there may be times when a lockout tagout device must be removed and the employee who installed it is unavailable. In such cases, the employer must supervise another employee uninstalling the device.

The process of de-energization entails isolating machinery, equipment, or systems from a source of energy. In lockout tagout, however, de-energization does not mean simply unplugging a machine; it means preventing the accidental or inadvertent re-energization of a machine.

When a machine is de-energized, it should also be properly locked out and tagged out. Lockout tagout entails the use of certain devices that will make the safe de-energization and re-energization of a machine possible.

Gate valve locks are typically designed to be able to cover the entire handwheel of a gate valve. To use one of these locks, simply open it up and fit the two halves over a gate valve’s handwheel. 

Make sure that the handwheel is in the off position. You will then have to secure the two halves together with a personal safety padlock. You will also have to attach a tag to warn and provide pertinent information to other employees.

Padlocks – Personal safety padlocks are used to secure lockout tagout devices such as valve locks, circuit breaker locks, plug locks, cable locks, and lock boxes. Each padlock belongs to an authorized employee and should be tagged with the owner's details.

Valve locks – Valve locks are used to secure valve handles and are locked with a personal safety lock, preventing employees from physically accessing the handwheel.

Circuit breaker locks – Circuit breaker locks prevent electrical circuits from being accidentally activated. Employees can install them by clamping them over circuit breaker switches. Then, personal safety padlocks must secure these locks.

Plug locks – A plug lock stops a machine from being plugged in, therefore preventing power from flowing into it. The plug lock encases the machine's plug, which is then secured with a padlock.

Cable locks – There are bound to be situations in which a switch or a valve is in a spot that’s difficult to access, making lockout tagout difficult as well. A cable lock is versatile and can be used in hard-to-reach areas, thus making lockout tagout possible.

Tags – Tags are an essential part of lockout tagout and should thus be included with every lock installed. They all come with a tie hole that allows them to be attached to locks. Additionally, they are writable and can be labeled with information about the lockout tagout procedure that’s underway.

Hasps – Hasps are versatile and can be used on lockouts for valves, circuit breakers, and a variety of machines. Each hasp comes with multiple padlock holes that allow multiple employees to lock out a single machine, valve, or panel.

Lock boxes – When personal safety padlocks are currently in use in a lockout tagout procedure, their keys can be stored and secured in a lock box. The lock box itself can also be secured by multiple padlocks belonging to all employees involved in the procedure. This ensures that no machine, valve, or panel will be re-energized until all employees are done with their lockout tagout tasks.
While authorized employees applying the lockout tagout retain the key, a supervisor normally keeps duplicate keys or a master key for locks under his supervision. However, some businesses insist on one lock-one key.
All lockout tagout devices should be stored in a single, well-organized central location, such as a lockout station. The majority of these lockout stations are wall mountable and allow you to secure the board in a permanent place near the energy source.
Tags should include your name, department, contact information, and the date and time of tagging. Importantly, LOTO tags should include information on why they are being used.
The standard lockout tagout procedure states that no one can remove a personal danger tag set by another individual. A personal danger tag can only be removed by somebody else or the supervisor if the person responsible is absent and they are certain that no damage will occur.


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