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LO/TO Stations Can Help Minimize Maintenance Downtimes

By Sally Murdoch


One of the most important aspects of a well-functioning facility-wide lockout/tagout (LO/TO) system is knowing where all the components are kept, so that machinery maintenance can be performed with minimized downtime. In fact, the Continuous Improvement Model in facilities hinges on making small changes, such as adding easy-to-access LO/TO stations, to improve processes, resulting in significant time and resource savings.

What are the Different Types of Lockout/Tagout Station Devices?

Large LO/TO station by Master Lock

Large Complete LO/TO Set

LO/TO components are made available quickly and easily with one large complete lockout station. Virtually indestructible, this Master Lock® large LO/TO station comes packed with six aluminum padlocks, hasps, lockout tags, and a wide variety of valve lockout devices. These stations are heat-resistant and can take on high impact or abrasion without breaking.

Medium Lockout Tagout Station

Medium LO/TO Station

While still complete, the medium LO/TO station has a more compact size than the large variety (above), making it ideal for multiple placements near equipment throughout any facility. Durable polycarbonate construction will withstand extreme temperatures. Included hanger clips used to securely hold locks and hasps so workers can always find them in their proper storage location.Master Lock® Personal Padlocks and Tags Lockout Pouch

Portable and Personal LO/TO Pouch

Need something a little more portable? This LO/TO kit and personal pouch, also by Master Lock®, organizes and stores important lockout devices and padlocks in a single carrying case. It includes anodized aluminum padlocks, a hasp, and lockout tags.

Are Lockout/Tagout systems required by OSHA?

According to 29 CFR 1910.147, OSHA requires employers "to establish a program consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment where the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or equipment shall be isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative...If an energy isolating device is not capable of being locked out, the employer's energy control program under paragraph (c)(1) of this section shall utilize a tagout system." Graphic Products’ article Lockout/Tagout (LO/TO) Procedures explains this in detail.

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