Workplaces in critical industries often have many unforeseen dangers. Electrical, mechanical, and even chemical sources can cause serious harm or fatalities if not carefully managed. This makes it vital to identify these sources and take precautionary measures to always ensure the safety of yourself and your colleagues.
An effective way to take control of your organisation’s safety is through the use of isolation tags. Isolation tags play a critical role in preventing accidents in hazardous, or potentially hazardous environments. In this article, we explore what isolation tags are, what they do, and why your processes need them.
What are Isolation Tags used for?
Isolation tags are commonly used in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and power generation. They’re also used in many other places where machinery or equipment is used. These tags are safety signs/ labels used to identify equipment or areas that have been de-energized or locked out for maintenance or repair. They are intended as a visual reminder to workers of the current operation status and are used to prevent any accidental or unintentional activating of the system.
Typically, isolation tags are made of durable materials such as plastic or metal. They can also include text, graphics and other information to clearly identify the specific equipment or area that is de-energized and out of service. Some tags include a space for workers to sign, to indicate that they have verified the equipment is de-energized and locked out.