TRADESAFE’s lockout tagout valve locks aren’t just made to be durable, reliable, and compliant with OSHA 1919.147. They’re also made to be able to easily and securely fit a variety of valves, thus ensuring that the valve will not turn on until it is safe for them to do so.
These locks can easily fit over valve handles with diameters that range from 1 inch to 6.5 inches. Additionally, the locks are made of safe and corrosion-resistant materials. They are designed to be easy to use while also helping prevent workplace mishaps and injuries.
Controlling hazardous energy is a serious matter, but that doesn’t mean that safety measures should be complicated. These valve locks are easy to install, but they can guarantee the safety of workers for as long as necessary.
A gate valve lock is a lockout tagout device used to prevent access to a valve. Once a valve is turned off, a properly installed valve lock can keep it turned off. A lock like this has to be made of a durable material that can withstand extreme temperatures, chemicals, and other things found in industrial workplaces. The lock will thus be difficult to destroy.
In terms of design, a gate valve lock is made to almost completely cover a valve. When the lock is installed, it is essentially impossible to access the gate valve handle. Thus, it will also not be possible to turn the valve back on while the lock is installed.
A gate valve is the point of access to a fluid flow. When open, the gate valve allows a full flow in a pipeline. When fully closed, the valve shuts the flow off.
Typically, gate valves are most effective in either a fully open or a fully closed position. They cannot regulate the flow or pressure of fluids, and they also cannot be kept partially open. Keeping a gate valve partially open can also cause damage to its parts.
To open or close the gate valve, one will have to turn the wheel handle many times. Thus, a gate valve lockout tagout lock has to fit over the handle to keep it from turning.
A gate valve has a mechanism that can both allow and block the flow of fluids. It comes with a “gate” that can be wedged into or lifted out of a pipe. When the gate is inserted into the pipe, it stops the flow of whatever fluid is in the pipe. When the gate is lifted, the fluid is free to flow through the pipe.
You can control the gate by taking hold of the handwheel. Using it will allow you to turn on or shut off the valve.
Turn the gate valve’s handwheel and put it in the off position. This lowers the gate into the fluid flow and effectively shuts it off. You can then install the gate valve lock over the handwheel.
The gate valve lock will not lock by itself. You will have to use a personal safety padlock to properly secure the gate valve lock. Gate valve locks come with at least one hole that can accommodate padlocks, making it easy to lock closed. However, while gate valve locks are easy to secure, they are not easy to break into.
To open or close a gate valve, you only have to turn the handwheel. The handwheel engages the valve’s gate, which can either allow or block the flow of the fluid in the pipe.
Stopping the flow of fluid in certain pipes can be a part of a company’s lockout tagout program. In a program like this, employees will have to lock the gate valve while repair or maintenance procedures are underway. This keeps repair or maintenance personnel safe from accidental re-energization.
Once these procedures are done, employees will have to follow lockout tagout protocols when removing locks and tags. Unlocking a gate valve lock entails unlocking and removing the personal safety padlock securing it. The handwheel will then be accessible and the valve can be opened or closed.
Lockout tagout procedures can control a variety of types of energy, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and heat. All these types of energy can potentially power machines. Thus, various lockout tagout procedures and devices are typically designed to be able to isolate these types of hazardous energy.