Thousands of workers are injured annually, and hundres lose their live due to failure to control sources of hazardous energy. Lockout / Tagout procedures are designed to disable machines equipment to prevent unexpected energization, start up, or release of stored energy, thus avoiding injuries. Hazardous energy can take many different forms, including Electrical, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Thermal, Pneumatic, Potential.
Loto osha standard
The lockout/tagout standard establishes the
employer’s responsibility to protect employees
from hazardous energy sources on machines and
equipment during service and maintenance.
The standard gives each employer the flexibility
to develop an energy control program suited to
the needs of the particular workplace .
Use lockout devices for equipment that can
be locked out. Tagout devices may be used
in lieu of lockout devices only if the tagout
program provides employee protection
equivalent to that provided through a lockout
Use only lockout/tagout devices authorized
for the particular equipment or machinery
and ensure that they are durable,
standardized, and substantial.