1:5 Lockout/Tagout Procedures – Machine Specific

Every state requires the creation of machine specific lockout/tagout procedures to confirm  equipment can be serviced without the threat of unexpectedly starting back up.  When authorized employees utilize machine specific lockout/tagout procedures, they are following a process that if followed correctly will protect them from potential hazards.  There are minimum components that every procedure must include and recommendations from industry best practice that will confirm all procedures are not only optimized for safety, but also efficiency. Learn more about lockout/tagout procedures >

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2:5 Lockout/Tagout Training

Once machine-specific lockout/tagout procedures are created for each machine, the next critical step is to train every employee in the company on lockout/tagout usage and awareness.  Authorized employees (those applying the locks) are required to receive training on the usage of lockout/tagout, their responsibilities, company policy details, how to identify deviations, and more.  Affected employees are required to be trained on the purpose, definition, and their responsibilities with lockout/tagout.  Learn more about Lockout Tagout Training from ESC Services >


3:5 Lockout/Tagout Annual Program Auditing

Each year, as a manufacturer perfects its production process, it must also make changes to its lockout/tagout system.  If lockout/tagout procedures are not updated to reflect changes in the process, it could lead to an accident and will be grounds for an OSHA violation if an inspection occurs.  Learn what it takes to properly conduct a yearly log audit of the lockout/tagout system.


4:5 Lockout/Tagout Policy

An effective lockout/tagout policy should be easy to understand and clearly articulate the company specific rules and enforcement protocol.  A policy acts as the nucleus of the system by keeping authorized employees on the same page as management to confirm proper understanding of everyone’s responsibilities to maintain the integrity of the system.  Creating a lockout/tagout policy that is easy to understand allows workers to use it as a tool to enforce rules on other co-workers as well as visiting contractors.  Learn more about lockout/tagout policy here.

5:5 Lockout/Tagout Devices

Not all lockout/tagout isolation points accept a lock without first applying the correct lockout/tagout device first.  Before investing in the lockout/tagout hardware, you must first understand the unique needs of the applications and how the devices and locks will be utilized.  The benefit of purchasing the correct locks, tags and devices will be shown through improved efficiency of the lockout-tagout process and by helping employees feel confident that when they apply lockout/tagout to the equipment, it will remain securely locked out. Learn critical information about locks and devices >

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