Keeping lockout tagout devices consistently organized and in one place can help improve workplace safety and ensure compliance with OSHA standards. Lockout tagout stations can provide a reliable and highly visible place to store and organize any and all lockout tagout devices and supplies.
TRADESAFE understands the need for organization and the establishment of routine procedures in lockout tagout programs. These stations can help employees easily and intuitively execute procedures because all the devices involved can reliably be found in one place. You can also strategically place LOTO stations in visible and convenient spots near machine switches or in central areas.
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A lockout tagout station is a place or a spot where employees can store various lockout tagout devices. With a station like this, employees will be able to easily organize the devices they use regularly. The devices will also be easier to find and will have less of a chance of being misplaced.
Typically, a lockout tagout station should be highly visible and designed to make organizing different devices easy and straightforward. It can come with compartments, hooks, and protective lids.
A LOTO station should itself be made of durable materials that can withstand industrial environments. The board or case and its lid should be impact-resistant so it won’t break easily in case it accidentally falls or gets hit.
The station should also be placed in a strategic spot, either in a central high-traffic area or in a spot close to a machine. Not only does a LOTO station help organize devices, but it also helps employees maintain strict adherence to LOTO procedures.
It’s best to choose LOTO stations that already include even basic lockout tagout devices. This includes devices like padlocks, hasps, tags, and zip ties. These devices can facilitate various lockout tagout procedures and work in combination with other lockout tagout devices like circuit breaker locks.
Padlocks will be able to ensure that various switches are securely locked, while hasps can allow teams of multiple people to work on a single machine or piece of equipment. The tags, meanwhile, can offer important information on the work currently being done on the machine.
Machine-specific lockout tagout procedures are made for particular machines and are different from other procedures used in the same facility. Typically, machines have different power sources and should therefore have specific lockout tagout procedures. Each specific procedure is made to handle a particular machine’s power source and how it should be properly shut off.
In general, lockout tagout procedures aim to effectively isolate hazardous power and prevent accidental or unintended machine startup. While this is the gist of all LOTO procedures, each machine should have a separate set of procedures tailored specifically to its characteristics and aspects.
Another benefit to having machine-specific lockout tagout procedures is that they allow you to work more efficiently. If a facility institutes a blanket LOTO procedure for all machines, employees can end up locking and tagging machines that are not dangerous to work on. Employees thus end up wasting time, energy, and resources on a machine that does not need to be locked and tagged.
At the same time, machine-specific lockout tagout procedures ensure that employees don’t overlook any hazards, plugs, switches, and more.
Keeping a LOTO station near machines in a facility can help with the implementation and execution of machine-specific LOTO procedures. Employees won’t have to go in and out of the area to retrieve the devices they need, and organizing the devices will be far easier.
An effective lockout tagout procedure aims to keep employees safe and unharmed when repairing or doing maintenance work on dangerous machines that can cause a wide range of injuries. LOTO procedures help ensure that there are no dangerous oversights and mistakes that can cause grave injury or even death.
According to OSHA, lockout tagout procedures prevent around 120 workplace deaths and 50,000 more workplace injuries each year. These procedures may sometimes seem like they’re too much, but even the smallest mistakes or mishaps can get someone hurt. Thus, overall, lockout tagout procedures are ultimately beneficial to employers and employees.
Having essential lockout tagout devices nearby and in a consistent, organized spot can help employees adhere better to LOTO procedures. This is why lockout tagout stations aren’t just a simple storage place for devices.
A lockout tagout checklist is meant to help employees make sure that all power sources are properly locked and tagged and all machines are properly disabled. The checklist itself is comprised of several tasks, such as checking if all machines have been deactivated, all employees involved in lockout tagout have their personal safety locks, and the like.
A checklist helps employees dot their i’s and cross their t’s. It can ensure that employees cover all bases and ensure that nothing has been overlooked and no one has made a mistake. Having a LOTO station in a strategic location will help employees tick items off their checklists more easily.
The placement of a lockout tagout station can either be in a central location or a spot right next to a machine or near its power source. LOTO stations have to have strategic locations because even just the placement of the stations can have an impact on the way that LOTO procedures are carried out.
Because LOTO stations contain important locks and devices such as padlocks and hasps, they’ll be able to help streamline the execution of LOTO procedures. Employees will be able to implement procedures right away and are far less likely to overlook or forget anything if the devices they need can consistently be found in one specific place.