Lockout Tagout Supply FAQ

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We answer your most frequently asked questions, from TRADESAFE products and services to orders and shipments. 

 

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General

Where are you located? 

Our address is Reno, Nevada 89502.

 

I want to get an online quotation. What should I do?

You may contact us at hello@trdsf.com so we can further assist you.

 

Are there any benefits to having an account with you?

Yes, with your TRADESAFE account, you will have access to:

  • Your account information
  • Your order history

We will also be able to provide you with a better experience by:

  • Being able to quickly review your purchases in the event of a problem.
  • Offer you special discounts, notices, and promotions.

 

How can I write a review on a product?

There are 3 different locations where you can write a review. Here they are:

  • Amazon Product Review

There are 4 easy steps to submit a review on Amazon Product Review:

  1. Go to the product page of the item you purchased and scroll down until you find the “Customer Reviews” section. For easy access, you may proceed to the “Your Orders” menu on your account.
  2. Click “Write a customer review” in the Customer Reviews section, and fill in as much information as you’d like, including text, photos, or videos.
  3. Select a Star Rating. A green checkmark shows for successfully submitted ratings.
  4. Once you’re satisfied with your review, click “Submit.”

However, take note that only those who met the minimum eligibility requirements are able to write a review. Please see Amazon Community Guidelines for more information.

  • Website

You can write a product review on our website in 3 simple steps:

  1. On any product page, scroll down, and you will see the “Customer Reviews” section, which includes a “Write A Review” button on the right side.
  2. Click on that button, and fill in as much information as you’d like, like Name, Email, and your Comments. You may also provide your rating and attach a photo of the item you received.
  3. Once done, click “Send Review.” Note: It may take up to 5 business days before it appears on the website.

 

  • Third-Party Seller Feedback

Third-party seller feedback lets other customers know about your experience after you order an item from a third-party seller. Here are 4 easy steps to leave your feedback:

  1. You can either go to:
    1. Leave Seller Feedback;
    2. Or “Your Orders” and select Leave Seller Feedback.
  2. Find your order.
  3. Select the options that best reflect your experience.
  4. Once you’re done, select Submit Feedback.

 

How do I use my Discount Coupon?

Upon checkout, enter the discount code in the corresponding discount box below your summary of purchases during checkout. Then, click “Apply.”

 

Do you match prices if an item goes on sale after my purchase?

No. Reduced prices or discounts cannot be applied retroactively to purchases made before the start of a weekly sale or daily deal or to purchases made after the end of a weekly sale or daily deal.

 

How do I unsubscribe from your mailing list?

We're sad to hear you want to unsubscribe from our email list. Customer experience is our number one goal, so please let us know if there is anything we can do better by contacting us at hello@trdsf.com. To unsubscribe on our mailing list, just open an email from us and click “Unsubscribe.”

 

Shipment

What are your shipping costs?

Shipping costs depend on the delivery address and location. TRADESAFE offers free and expedited shipping within the US for orders over $49. For orders not qualified for free shipping, the shipping cost will be automatically computed based on the delivery address entered. For international orders, shipping fees, taxes, tariffs, customs duty, and other fees may apply depending on the destination country. 

 

Do you ship internationally?

We accept international orders. Shipping fees, tariffs, and other applicable fees will be shouldered by the customer.

 

How many days does shipping take?

For orders over $49, we offer free and expedited shipping within the US. This usually takes 1-4 days to arrive.

For international orders, it depends on the shipping service available. Shipping costs, tariffs, and other fees may apply depending on what country the order will be shipped to. All fees for international orders will be shouldered by the customer.

 

Do you have free shipping?

Yes, we offer free shipping on domestic orders over $49.

 

Order Information

Do you offer wholesale pricing?

We are primarily a direct-to-consumer brand. If you are interested in retailing our products, please email us the details and we will get in touch.

 

Do you accept distributors?

We are primarily a direct-to-consumer brand. If you are interested in partnering with us to distribute our products, please email us the details at hello@trdsf.com and we will get in touch.

 

Do you accept credit card payments?

To give you a hassle-free experience, we accept several payment options such as credit card, PayPal, Shop Pay, and even Apple Pay, Facebook Pay, and Google Pay.

 

Will I receive an order confirmation email upon ordering?

Yes, once you checkout your order, you will receive an order confirmation on the email provided.

 

How can I get an invoice for my order?

You can contact us at hello@trdsf.com so we can further assist you.

 

Where can I track and trace my orders?

After your order has been processed, an email will be sent to you from hello@trdsf.com which contains a tracking number.  It is not uncommon for there to be more than one tracking number and shipment, depending on the number of items that you order and the proximity of our fulfillment centers to your shipping address.

 

My package says delivered, but I did not receive anything. Who should I follow up with this?

Sometimes, express delivery services can make mistakes or odd things can happen after the order has left our warehouse. While you can contact the delivery service provider for your order, we understand that the whole process may be inconvenient to you. In this case, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can thoroughly investigate what happened and help you get your ordered items. 

 

How long is your warranty period?

We stand behind the quality of our products. For instances where a replacement may be required, every product is warrantied for 5 years. We offer a full replacement for the first two years, while the second three years is a prorated warranty. The warranty period starts from the original purchase date and only applies to the original purchaser of the product.

 

Why do I receive multiple shipments for one order?

Our inventory is distributed among many fulfillment centers. Oftentimes, the closest fulfillment center to the delivery address is responsible for shipping the order. In rare instances, a fulfillment center may not have enough inventory of the item ordered so the next warehouse fulfills the remaining units to ensure you receive the correct ordered quantity.

 

How can I make sure I receive my order in one delivery instead of multiple deliveries?

There are usually multiple deliveries for bulk orders because our products are distributed among many fulfillment centers. There are instances where the closest fulfillment center to the delivery address does not have enough stock of the ordered product so the next warehouse sends the remaining units to ensure you receive the correct ordered item and quantity. If you urgently need your order, please contact us at hello@trdsf.com or ‪(316) 247-1270‬ so we can further assist you.

 

Returns

I received a damaged/wrong item. How can I get a replacement? 

Your experience is very important to us. We stand behind our products. If you received a damaged/wrong item, please send us the order details at hello@trdsf.com.  We will take care of it immediately.

 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your order at any moment. However, the following terms and conditions must be observed:

  • No fees will apply for orders canceled for products that have not shipped.
  • If you need to cancel an order after it has shipped but before it is delivered, kindly notify us at hello@trdsf.com. You will likely need to resend it to us. This will require a return authorization. Do not ship anything to us until you have received this Return Authorization. It will contain important instructions.

 

Product Information

How durable are TRADESAFE safety supplies?

All products, including absorbents, eyewash stations, lockout tagout devices, and supplies, as well as signs, are of the highest quality and designed to meet and exceed local, state, and federal compliance. Lockout tagout devices and supplies are both resistant to chemicals & moisture, suitable for usage in industrial settings, and are perfect for most safety lockout applications.

 

Are TRADESAFE products OSHA-compliant?

LOTO safety products are only effective when used and installed properly.  Please ensure that you fully understand the installation practices and use our products as part of a full OSHA-compliant program. Having said that, yes, our lockout tagout devices and supplies are made with safety and OSHA standards in mind. All products have gone through extensive quality control to guarantee they are durable, substantial, standardized, identifiable, and exclusive for safety.

 

How often should I replace my lockout tagout kits?

OSHA requires inspections on your procedure at least once every 12 months. Therefore, if LOTO kits and devices are no longer functional during the inspection, they should be replaced right away.

 

Do you have the products in stock?

Our TRADESAFE website is live and reflects what is in stock at that moment. Otherwise, out-of-stock products will be marked as “Sold Out.”
Nonetheless, we constantly check and ensure that our collections are available for your purchase. It is possible that quantities of some items may not yet be checked into our warehouse. If you aren’t seeing the product or quantity available then please email us at hello@trdsf.com and we will try our best to accommodate you.

 

 Does TRADESAFE make custom products?

We are a proud retailer of industrial safety devices and supplies in the US. As of now, we do not include custom products as part of our services. 

 

Can I make some minor modifications to a LOTO product I purchased?

Every lockout tagout device that we offer is precision-engineered and designed to be OSHA-compliant when properly applied. Any modifications made to any product or its intended use may risk its effectiveness and deviate from OSHA standards, and result in the product not functioning properly and causing a hazard. It is highly advisable to use the product for its intended purpose and not alter it in any way.

 

Do you have a master key for the keyed different or keyed alike safety padlocks? 

As of now, we only have keyed different, keyed alike, and keyed alike unlimited safety padlocks. We currently do not offer master keyed locks.

 

I lost my padlock key. Can I get a duplicate key?

We have three padlock variations: keyed alike, keyed alike unlimited, and keyed different. Each padlock comes with either one key or two keys. Unfortunately, we do not keep extra keys for any of our padlocks. Once lost, we do not have any means to duplicate it. However, if the key lost was for a keyed alike unlimited padlock, you can always order a new set of the same color and we guarantee that the key will fit the set of padlocks of your first order. 

 

I ordered one pack of keyed alike padlocks before. Can I order again and have the same engraved numbers? 

Our keyed alike padlocks come in a pack of 7 or 10. Every padlock and key from the same pack are identical. However, additional packs will be keyed differently from the first pack. If you need more than 7 or 10 keyed alike padlocks, we have our keyed alike unlimited padlocks. Every additional pack of padlock is keyed exactly the same as the first pack, so you can have an unlimited number of keyed alike padlocks.

 

Do you have a video where I can follow how to properly install my LOTO device?

We try to include a video together with the images on every product listing. You can also visit our YouTube channel for our product videos. However, it is recommended that workers undergo LOTO training under the supervision of a qualified expert before using lockout tagout devices, as well as performing lockout tagout procedures.

 

 

A lockout tagout (“LOTO”) lock can be an essential tool to ensure the safety of your fellow employees when working with hazardous energy. Because of this, it is critical to complete extensive due diligence when selecting the right LOTO lock for your business. But when contemplating several different LOTO locks, there are several things to keep in mind.

First, a key point. You cannot use a standard padlock from a hardware store to protect your colleagues from hazardous energy. While the temptation may be there to save money and purchase a lock that is “good enough,” doing can jeopardize the health of your employees. Along with this, as will be explained below, purchasing an off-the-shelf lock from your local hardware store may place your organization at risk for non-compliance with federal regulations. Therefore, you will need to use a lock that simply isn’t “used for other purposes.” It must be a specialized lock that meets the requirements below. You can tell that a LOTO lock is a specialized lock because it looks different from other padlocks.

Next, you must confirm that your selected LOTO lock complies with the appropriate OSHA standard. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released a specific regulatory standard governing the control of hazardous energy sources (lockout/tagout). In all likelihood, your business must comply with the OSHA standard. It is critical for you and your corporate counsel to read the standard, as it governs LOTO locks on everything from standardization of your LOTO locks to how they must be used in your business.

Beyond an analysis of the OSHA requirements, however, you will want to ensure that your LOTO lock meets several key durability standards. By following these standards, you will be able to purchase a lock that keeps you safe while meeting your needs. If you were to look at our collection of LOTO locks, you would notice that they include these standards, giving you the confidence that your purchased LOTO lock offers the best protection.

For instance, our industrial-grade LOTO locks are constructed to provide the most inherent durability. In terms of the “right” materials for your LOTO locks, you can go several different directions. You can find LOTO locks made out of chrome steel, plastic resin, and more. We have chosen a thermoplastic body, however, due to its temperature durability and non-conductivity properties. Our LOTO locks also contain a brass cylinder (due to its resistance to corrosion) and a stainless steel shackle (due to its durability, sustainability, and lack of conductivity compared to alternatives ). Ultimately, it is a LOTO lock that resists corrosion and provides best in class durability for all environments.

If you foresee your LOTO lock experiencing a significant amount of vibration, it may raise questions about durability. In fact, for whatever reason, many LOTO locks rattle on the inside of the body. This rattling, over time, can wear out the internal components. The sound can also be annoying. Our LOTO locks, however, were tightly engineered to minimize the problem. Their inherent design can give you even more confidence that your LOTO locks will hold up under stress.

There are some other critical safety features in the best LOTO locks. As an example, one important safety feature found in our LOTO locks is a premium cylinder reserved for safety padlocks. This is extremely important, as it confirms that the padlock is not unlocked. Because the workday can be busy and stressful, having this feature in your LOTO locks can help your colleagues avoid any mistakes.

Another critical feature of any LOTO lock is that it contains one key per lock. While this is a simple and relatively self-explanatory feature, it goes a long way in ensuring the safety of you and your colleagues. In fact, purchasing and using LOTO locks that contain one key make compliance with the OSHA standard much more likely. Intuitively, this makes sense. By having one key, the odds are much greater that the LOTO lock is being removed by the employee who applied it in the first place, rather than an untrained employee.

To comply with the OSHA standard, LOTO locks must have certain labeling. Specifically, they need to indicate the identity of the employee applying the LOTO lock. This is an essential tracking feature that is closely tied to the “one key per lock” directive. It confirms that your lockout tagout procedures are organized and precise. Our collection of LOTO locks has a writeable label that can allocate responsibility for each LOTO lock in your organization.

All of these factors must be considered when purchasing LOTO locks. While you will want to consider the unique challenges and conditions in your business, purchasing LOTO locks with the features above will ensure compliance and protect your colleagues.

Lockout tagout compliance is an extremely important component of any business that has employees exposed to hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and machinery. Failing to do so can not only expose your organization to fines and other penalties, but it can put your employees at serious risk of physical harm. If you are thinking of purchasing a lockout tagout kit, it is also important to take a broader look at your compliance efforts as a whole.

Ultimately, you must comply with OSHA’s regulatory standard on the control of hazardous energy sources (lockout/tagout). The regulatory standard provides comprehensive guidance on how to create a robust lockout tagout program. That said, even if you have heard of OSHA’s regulatory standard on this issue, you may not be sure whether your lockout tagout locks or safety program is OSHA compliant.

As you likely know, OSHA (which stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a U.S. Department of Labor agency that sets and enforces standards to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for all employees. In terms of lockout tagout compliance, OSHA has set forth a specific regulatory standard—called 29 CFR 1910.147—that addresses the necessary procedures to control hazardous energies in your business. 29 CFR 1910.333 is also relevant if you have employees working on electric circuits and equipment. Because it is the employer’s responsibility to protect employees from hazardous energy sources, following the OSHA standard is in your and your employees’ best interest.

Looking at OSHA’s guidance on 29 CFR 1910.147, you can see that there are several minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous injury. While you will want to look at the entire standard yourself to ensure that your lockout tagout locks and safety program are in full compliance, some of the more significant requirements include:

Ensuring that new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out. Using only lockout tagout devices that are authorized for the particular equipment or machinery and ensuring that they are durable, standardized, and substantial. Ensuring that lockout tagout devices identify individual users. Establish a policy that permits only the employee who applied a lockout tagout device to remove it. That said, 29 CFR 1910.147(e)(3) says that if the specific employee is not available to remove the device, it can be removed under the direction of the employer—so long as specific procedures for removal have been developed, documented, and incorporated into the employer’s energy control program. Provide effective training as mandated for all employees covered by 29 CFR 1910.147.

Once again, this is just an excerpt of the required procedures and systems to make your lockout tagout program OSHA compliant. Not only will you want to take a full look at OSHA’s regulatory standard, but you will likely want to speak to your company’s legal counsel to ensure that you comply.

Ultimately, however, much of OSHA’s guidance on lockout tagout assumes that complying businesses have developed thorough compliance procedures. These procedures must be formally documented and cover all affected equipment. If you haven’t done so already, you are at serious risk of being non-compliant with OSHA’s regulatory standard under 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4). You can look to that section of the standard to see the specific procedures you need to document.

For instance, some of those procedures include specific steps for the placement, removal, and transfer of lockout devices and the responsibility for them (29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(C)) and specific requirements for testing a machine or equipment to determine and verify the effectiveness of lockout devices, tagout devices, and other energy control measures. (29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(D)).

Along with written procedures, consistent training is expected. You can look to 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7) for the specific training requirements. When lockout tagout systems are used, certain employees must have a basic understanding of how tags are used and their overall purpose to keep employees safe. Critically, employees must be retrained—per 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7)(iii)—whenever there is a change in their job assignments, a change in machines, equipment or processes that present a new hazard, or when there is a change in energy control procedures. Because of this, you must keep a close eye on whether any major changes in your business require retraining. If you have any doubts, it is likely in your best interest to go forth with retraining.

As with any type of compliance program, you will need to complete your due diligence to ensure that your lockout tagout kits and overall safety program are OSHA compliant. By being vigilant, however, you will mitigate your risks of non-compliance and sufficiently protect your colleagues from hazardous energy.

When it comes to working with dangerous equipment, ensuring that the proper safety regulations are in place is a matter of protecting your employees. Though it would be nice to live in a world where we all operate with absolute safety in mind 100% of the time, things like a quality lockout tagout (LOTO) lock can help remind employees when safety protocols need to be remembered. This can be the difference between life and death in some circumstances, which is why our TRADESAFE team takes these products so seriously. Even though there are plenty of companies who produce lockout tagout kits, we think that our company offers a few key things that make us a great choice for meeting your LOTO lock needs. Commitment to Quality The TRADESAFE team knows that our lockout tagout locks might very well play a role in saving someone’s life, so we place a special emphasis on quality every step of the way. Our products are created using high-quality materials that we know your teams can count on. Every step of our process is focused on providing quality products that are consistent in nature so you can count on the same experience every single time. When you buy from TRADESAFE, you can always rest assured that your product will be the same great quality as any of our others. As part of our continuous commitment to quality, we listen to our customers and encourage feedback so that you can help us to serve you better. User-Friendly Design The designs that we use are meant to provide ease of use while still adhering to the specific OSHA requirements. This serves the dual purpose of ensuring that your employees can do their jobs easily while still remaining in complete compliance. We pride ourselves on sturdy and reliable designs that make it easy for your employees to work with. Our products are designed to withstand consistent use in high pressure environments without breaking down. Additionally, our products are rigorously tested and continuously reviewed for improvements. We understand that times change, and we want to make sure that our products change with it. Convenient Product Shipping The TRADESAFE headquarters proudly resides in Wichita Kansas. While we love living in this state, we really love how convenient it makes shipping anywhere in the United States. Our centralized location makes it easy for us to get you your products in no time at all, so you are never left waiting for these important safety implementations. Our location is just one of many things that we believe helps us to serve you better. We are proud to be able to get you products quickly. Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed At TRADESAFE, we know that our business is really all about our customers. This is why we do our very best to encourage open and honest feedback from those who work with us. We consider our relationship with our customers to be a partnership, and we want to make sure that we are always doing our part when it comes to meeting your needs. If you ever run into problems with a TRADESAFE product, we want to hear about it so that we can get the situation resolved and help you to find solutions. We value our customers, which is why we put in the work to provide the best LOTO kits around. This is simply one area where you absolutely must get what you pay for, and we know that. It is this belief that drives us to engage our customers and continue to work hard when it comes to providing you with high-quality products that you can trust. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your needs are being met.

When considering this question you need to first determine what your objective is. If the lockout devices are for specific needs having nothing to do with compliance of OSHA Standard 1910.147 then you may not have the use for devices that cover a broad range of applications. We are going to assume that the primary purpose of the lockout supplies you are seeking, in addition to general safety, is to comply with OSHA regulations.

Generally, you have to protect employees from energization or startup of machines or equipment, or the release of any kind of stored energy, that could harm employees. This is usually something to consider when servicing machines and equipment. Some of the control points that need to be locked:

Electric circuit breakers on machines or in control panels. The size of these breakers varies and it’s important to know what they are before ordering a kit.

Valves – gas is usually controlled by ball valves, but sometimes it can be controlled by gate valves such as on forklifts and other portable gas containment systems. High pressure water and air could also be deemed hazardous, so locks for these systems should be considered as well.

Electric plugs – sometimes locking the breaker isn’t reasonable because the breaker has other important machines or equipment items running off the same power source. In this instance, a plug lockout would be the safest solution.

Some situations may arise that are outliers and require unorthodox equipment. Most lockout tagout kits wont contain equipment to handle these kind of scenarios. When faced with this situation, it’s important to understand what is considered to be a lockout device; a device that uses a positive means such as a lock to hold, in a safe position, an energy isolating device and prevent the energizing of machine or equipment, shall not be used for any other purpose, must be standardized.

Padlocks, tags, tag attachments, and hasps are always going to be needed to properly carry out your established procedures if they are OSHA compliant. Most all kits are going to include these.

Where are these kits going to be stored and how will they be used. Many kits on the market come in bulky light duty boxes that aren’t easy to identify and challenging to store and transport. Our kits come in easy to identify bright red canvas pouches. They are compact and easily stow in a cabinet, tool box, or lockout tagout station.

Buying lockout equipment individually is usually much more expensive, so even if some of the items in the kit you choose may not be immediate needs, you are likely much better off buying the kit closest to the set up that you actually need.

Lockout tagout is a safety procedure that makes sure any dangerous machinery and energy sources get turned off. They are kept off to avoid them unexpectedly starting back up while there is maintenance or service work being performed on them. If they were to be prematurely started up, they could potentially harm the individual servicing or maintaining it. OHSA has extensive documentation on lockout/tagout regulations. Who is required to adhere to OSHA regulations? Since the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1970, it has had the mission “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Most private sector workers in all 50 states, Washington DC, and other US jurisdictions under Federal authority must adhere to OSHA regulations. Federal government workers also have to adhere to the OSHA regulations that workers in the private sector must follow. When it comes to the public sector, local and state workers are not covered by Federal OSHA. However, they do have OSHA protections if they work in a state that has a program that is approved by OSHA. Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and the US Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved plans that only cover employees working in the public sector. Summary of OSHA standard 1919.147 (Control of Hazardous Energy) The OSHA standard 1919.147 for the control of hazardous energy was established by OSHA with the goal of minimizing the number of accidents and injuries occurring in the workplace. Prior to these regulations, injuries were commonplace while working on heavy machinery. The oversight of disengaging the power source prior to entering a hazardous area would sometimes lead to devastating consequences. The lockout/tagout system is a safety procedure that not only shuts down machines, but blocks the power they need to start back up. According to standard 1919.147, a worker must isolate the power source to block the machine from turning on. Next, they will have to attach a lockout tag to it and use a padlock to actually lock the machine. This alerts other workers that they cannot re-engage the system prior to the completion of maintenance on it. Once maintenance is complete, the lock and tag can be removed. By following OSHA standard 1919.147(c)(2), essentially, a machine must be turned off, locked, and have a tag attached to it. This ensures the machine is safely inert while it is worked on. Benefits, besides being compliant, when meeting the OSHA standards OSHA regulations ensure the safety of workers. Safety procedures ensure an employee is not injured and unable to work for an extended period of time. A drop in productivity can be avoided, as well as having to hire and train someone else to fill the empty position. Additionally, potential lawsuits or insurance payouts related to the injury can be avoided. Finally, OSHA standards being in place can help with the recruitment of top talent. To stay compliant with lockout/tagout regulations, you should purchase lockout tagout kits and lockout tagout locks. TRADESAFE® offers a convenient lockout tagout kit that will make compliance with OSHA standards simple and effective.

OSHA standards are sets of rules that are in place to ensure the safety of employees in the workplace. These standards are meant to ensure that individuals and teams always know the proper way to handle hazardous materials. They set the regulations regarding how a team should interact with a proper lockout tagout lock system. LOTO tags, in particular, are designed to send a clear visual signal that what they are attached to poses a potential hazard and who is authorized to remove the lockout device and restore service. Additionally, they help keep everyone safe while they work with potentially hazardous energy.

1919.147 Summary for Tagging The 1919.147 tagging process is an OSHA standard that makes it easy for employees to safely interact with equipment or machinery that might have a high energy risk during powerup processes. It is designed to ensure that all members of the team always understand when it is and is not safe to turn on a machine or energy source at any given point in time. Specifically, these standards are in place for machines that put out enough energy to harm an employee in the event it was unexpectedly turned on. Using the 1919.147 procedural steps, it is easy for everyone involved to understand when someone is working on the machine or in an area where they might be at risk if another member of the team or another team were to turn on the energy source or machine. This quick and easy system allows for employees to communicate without vocalizing where they will be. This allows various teams to work on systems without relying exclusively on communication or scheduling, which can easily be compromised due to human error. When an employee does utilize a lockout tagout device, it is acknowledging that the equipment has been properly deenergized and is ready to be worked on. Further, it is that employee’s way of communicating to all other staff members that they will be working on the machine. This guarantees that everyone is aware that the machine can not be safely turned on, or an employee might be at risk. It guarantees that no matter who is working on the machine for an intended purpose, those responsible for the powerup process will always be aware of their presence.

Lockout and Tagout General Standards From a physical perspective, there are several key standards that must be met for an acceptable lockout device, and these devices must be standardized within the workplace by color, shape, or size. First, the device must be durable enough to endure the environment and certain weather conditions. These devices must be able to be exposed to the environments that they will be placed in for the maximum period of time that they are expected to be within the environment. These devices must be able to withstand significant force and must be substantial in nature so that they cannot be forcefully removed using raw strength or any device like bolt cutters. Additionally, these devices must not deteriorate when faced with certain weather conditions or certain corrosive materials including acid or alkali metals. Tagout devices have their own standards that must be met in order to meet the requirements for such a device, and these devices must be standardized within the workplace by color, shape, or size. In addition to this, tagout devices must be standardized by print and format as well. The devices used to attach the tags must be durable enough to avoid any accidental removal, non-reusable in nature, designed to be attached by hand, self-locking, and unable to be released by any strength that is equivalent to less than 50 pounds. a one-piece all environment-tolerant nylon cable tie is the minimum standard. The primary purpose of the tag is to warn against hazardous conditions in the event that the equipment is energized and to indicate that the operation or movement of energy isolating devices from the ‘safe’ or ‘off’ position is prohibited. Finally, both devices, locks and tags, must be designed with a clear identification system that make it easy to know the identity of the employee utilizing the device. They must also be accompanied with clear training and directions on use for each employee across any teams known to be using the devices.

What Makes Tagging to Meet the 1919.147 Different from Any Other Type of Industrial or Hazard Tagging? Tagging to meet the 1919.147 is unique because it is a critical part of the lockout process for potentially hazardous energy. It is exclusively for energy and cannot be used for any other kind of tagging or hazardous identification needs. The need for a tagout system in this circumstance is intended to aid in communication during the servicing and maintaining of equipment that specifically poses a risk for hazardous energy. Overall, lockout tagout OSHA complaint tags must be:

Standardized by either shape, size, or color.Print and format must be standardized.Not used for any other purpose.Clearly warn of hazardous conditions. OSHA recommends one of the following ; Do Not Start, Do Not Open, Do Not Close, Do Not Energize, Do Not Operate.Withstand certain conditions and make for easy use within a specific type of environment.

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