TRADESAFE’s lockout tagout locks are premium quality, guaranteed to be durable, corrosion-resistant, and – most importantly – compliant with OSHA 1919.147. These aren’t your ordinary hardware store padlocks. They are specially designed for lockout tagout applications and are made to be able to keep up with the demands of industrial facilities.
Keyed alike and keyed different locks are available. Locks can also come with one key or two keys. All keys are engraved with a set of numbers that match the numbers on their corresponding lock. The locks also have a key-retaining feature, which means that they won’t release their keys until they’re securely locked. This helps provide an extra level of security and safety.
These padlocks are highly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Because of their hardwearing construction, they can withstand heavy and regular use.
Lockout tagout padlocks are locks that are made and used specifically for lockout tagout programs and procedures. They are utilized to securely lock a LOTO device, such as a valve lockout or a circuit breaker lockout. This prevents a source of hazardous energy from being turned on or re-energized during maintenance procedures.
These padlocks are different from ordinary hardware store padlocks. LOTO padlocks are designed to be compliant with OSHA standard 1910.147 and are made to be hardwearing, impact-resistant, non-conductive, and chemical- and corrosion-resistant. They are also able to withstand high and low temperatures and harsh environments.
The purpose of a lockout tagout safety padlock is to secure and lockout a particular machine or piece of equipment. It can also be used to secure an entire area during the maintenance and/or repair of certain machinery.
These padlocks prevent access to energy sources that provide power to machines. Unauthorized personal will be unable to access these energy sources as long as lockout tagout padlocks are applied.
Whenever the OSHA standard 1910.147 applies, lockout tagout is required. Lockout tagout procedures should be implemented when certain machines or equipment need to be repaired or are in need of servicing. If the unexpected re-energization of machines or the release of stored energy can be harmful to maintenance or repair personnel, lockout tagout much be used.
Yes. Lockout tagout padlocks can either be keyed differently or keyed alike. When padlocks are keyed differently, this means that each padlock in a set comes with a unique key. However, when padlocks in a set are keyed alike, this means that they can all be unlocked by the same key.
Padlocks that are keyed differently are best used when multiple employees are deployed to lockout multiple pieces of equipment. Padlocks that are keyed alike, meanwhile, are best used when one employee is deployed to lockout multiple pieces of equipment.
It’s not advisable. According to OSHA 1910.147(c)(5)(ii), “Lockout devices and tagout devices shall be singularly identified; shall be the only devices(s) used for controlling energy; shall not be used for other purposes….”
Combination locks can be unlocked using a code or a combination of numbers. Codes like this can be available to and known by multiple people at the same time. Thus, any one of these people can unlock the padlock at any time, even when it is not safe to do so. This, in essence, defeats one of the main purposes of LOTO procedures, which is to restrict access to hazardous energy.
For lockout tagout purposes, combination locks can fall short because they do not provide adequate protection against accidental or unintended re-energizing. This can put maintenance employees in danger. Padlocks with keys are far easier to keep under control and are more suitable for lockout tagout purposes.
It’s best to use padlocks that are specifically designed and made for lockout tagout procedures instead of using combination padlocks.
Lockout tagout locks can only be removed by the authorized employees who applied them. Additionally, these employees must undergo the proper process of removing the locks and tags that they applied.
However, there may be situations in which the authorized employee is not available to remove the locks they applied. If the machine needs to be energized and used, the company or employer should have protocols that can allow other employees to remove locks that they did not apply.