Lockout/Tagout procedures are required by OSHA, but there are many other benefits to having good procedures.
Lockout procedures provide employees with the necessary information to most safely do their job. Without procedures, there is no assurance work is done correctly, which can lead to costly safety hazards.
Equipment is Locked Out Correctly.
Documented procedures make it easier to bring equipment to zero-energy state every time.
Improves Lockout Speed.
Good procedures allow employees to lockout the equipment faster because they provide all the necessary steps to shut down and lock out the equipment properly.
By using lockout/tagout procedures, equipment can be locked out and returned to normal operation faster, decreasing downtime.
Gives Employees Understanding of the Sources and Magnitudes.
Proper lockout procedures include descriptions of the specific energy sources and their magnitudes.
Provides Additional Information.
Lockout/tagout procedures are the best way to provide additional information about the lockout process. Additional hazards or specific shut down steps can be included to help protect employees.