Lockout/tagout, or LO/TO, offers a reliable way to protect workers while they perform maintenance or service on powerful equipment. While OSHA estimates that effective LO/TO procedures can save 120 lives each year, building a solid system from the ground up can be a challenge. Graphic Products is releasing an updated Best Practice Guide to Lockout/Tagout to help facilities take advantage of this powerful safety system.
“The core principles of LO/TO apply across all kinds of industries,” said Brian McFadden, Compliance Specialist with Graphic Products. “But principles aren’t enough on their own. It’s important to apply those ideas in practice.”
Offering tips for practical use, the updated guide describes:
- When locks must be used, and when tags are acceptable on their own
- What qualities are needed in a lockout device
- The differences between authorized, affected, and other employees, and the training requirements that apply to each group
- The specific elements that OSHA requires in a written LO/TO procedure
- How to audit a LO/TO procedure to ensure that it provides effective protection
Locking or tagging out equipment before work can save lives, but only where the steps are understood and followed. This detailed, step-by-step guide can help employees understand the process as part of a facility’s LO/TO training system.
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