Lockout Tagout discuss industrial plant safety with Abloy padlocks


In industrial workplaces, it is highly important that employers protect their workers from the dangers created by live machinery or electricity through safe systems of working.

Legislation and Consequences of Failure

FACT: If a company is determined to have ignored legislation or well-established industry guidelines (HSE, OSHA, EU etc.), in the event of a serious injury or death, severe consequences will be imposed on the directing minds of that company. However suitable and sufficient low-cost measures can be put in place to protect employees from harm. See here for more information.The most comprehensive legislation surrounding the use of Lockout Tagout in industry is the US OSHA Regulations which advises on ‘The Control of Hazardous Energy’ in section 1910.147.

What is Lockout Tagout?

Lockout Tagout is a planned safety procedure that disables the energy supply of industrial machinery and equipment whilst servicing, maintenance work or repairs are in progress. According to OSHA: “[it] requires employers to establish a program and utilize procedures for affixing appropriate lockout devices or tagout devices to energy isolating devices, and to otherwise disable machines or equipment to prevent unexpected energization, start up or release of stored energy in order to prevent injury to employees”.

The standard process for implementing Lockout Tagout can be shown in several steps..