Lockout Tagout : Logic Staffing

Lockout Tagout

Any employer that has employees that service or maintain equipment or machinery with hazardous energy must have a written and documented Lockout Tagout program for those potentially exposed employees to follow. The lockout/tagout standard established the employer’s responsibility to protect employees from hazardous energy sources on machines and equipment during service and maintenance.

These programs serve four important purposes:

  1. Protect the person working on the equipment
  2. Protect other workers in the area
  3. Protect the equipment itself
  4. To serve as a communication device for the above three items

Whenever a piece of machinery or electrical equipment is either being worked on, moved, or is not in service; we must always lock out the power source, tag the machinery or equipment with a Do Not Use Tag, and always test to ensure all the energy has been drained from the equipment.

Remember the dangers and be on your guard around any machinery or moving equipment.

Even if you don’t operate the machinery, you could get caught in it and injured if it isn’t properly disconnected. Here are some things you can do to prevent accidental injury from moving machinery:

  • Ensure you know the hazardous energy associated with the equipment prior to working on it
  • Never reach into moving equipment. In the blink of an eye you could have a life changing injury.
  • Always test the energy after you believe it has been disconnected or isolated.
  • Be aware of your personal safety and the safety of others when working with or around moving equipment and machinery.
  • Always follow proper lockout and tagout procedures, even for a quick or minor repair.

Failure to lock out or tag power sources on equipment can result in electrocutions, amputations and other serious-sometimes fatal accidents.