Lockout System FAQs
Lockout systems are used to keep hazardous sources and machinery isolated. This ensures power is not switched on prior to the completion of maintenance or repair work.
To ensure maximum safety, a lockout system should be used whenever machinery is being worked on. Even for tasks like lubricating, cleaning, unjamming, or changing attachments, a proper lockout procedure should be in place.
- Reduce the number of injuries in the workplace
- Better use of machines by reducing downtime and improving productivity
- Control of insurance and compensation fees
- More commitment from employees
Lockout Tagout (LOTO) is a safety procedure that is used to ensure that machines or equipment are properly shut down and cannot be started again until the completion of maintenance, servicing, or repair work is finished.
Once machinery or equipment has been successfully 'locked out' a tagging solution should be applied to record necessary data.
Lockout Tagout (LOTO) is important because it prevents the unexpected startup of machinery or equipment during maintenance, servicing, or repair work. This minimises the risk of serious injury or death to workers.
The key components of a LOTO program include identifying hazardous energy sources, developing and implementing written procedures for controlling hazardous energy, providing appropriate training to employees, and enforcing the program.