Procedures for Lockout / Tagout, or LO/TO, are critical elements of a safe approach to equipment maintenance or service. Each year, many workers are injured or killed on the job due to a failure to properly lock out equipment before work.
Violations of OSHA's LO/TO rules have been one of the ten most frequent citations nationwide for the last five years. This infographic will help you kick start a compliant plan for your facility, avoiding fines and saving lives.
The following is a transcript of the Sample Lockout Infographic:
Sample Lockout Sequence
Before servicing equipment that could cause injury if it started up without warning, turn it off, shut down the power, and keep it off until the service is done. That's lockout/tagout (LO/TO) in a nutshell. This example sequence shows a step-by-step LO/TO process that can be easily adapted for any equipment in your facility.
LOCKING OUT EQUIPMENT
Before starting service on equipment:
Notify all affected employees that the equipment will be locked out
Identify all energy types and sources in use
Shut down the equipment normally
Isolate the equipment from its energy sources
Lock out the energy isolating devices
Remove or restrain any remaining energy
Confirm that the equipment is unpowered
Now that the equipment is locked out, you can begin service.
RETURNING TO NORMAL WORK:
Once the service work is done, but before resuming normal work:
Check the equipment and area for loose parts or tools
Make sure all workers are in safe places
Verify that the equipment controls are in "off" or "neutral"
Remove lockout devices and reconnect energy sources
Notify all affected employees that the equipment will be starting up again
LO/TO procedure is complete; normal work may resume