Lockout/Tagout remains one of the most important aspects of workplace safety. This OSHA mandated process ensures that machines remain disconnected from a power source while the crew cleans or repairs the inner workings. Only once every member of the team has completed their tasks can the lockout/tagout locks come off, and only then will the device gain access to power. This way no part of the equipment powers up while someone works inside. <
Lockout/Tagout kits include everything you need to meet compliance on many basic machines. They often include keyed locks that work in conjunction with special outlet clamps. These install over existing outlets and cord ends, ensuring that the proper tagout tags display as clearly as possible. Almost any keyed padlock will work with these devices, so long as only one person on the team has access to the key. Each crew member may have a lock, but only one person maintains the keys to lock out the piece of equipment and bring it back online.This procedure forces each worker to sign off on their task before the device turns back on.
Combination padlocks, by design, open to anyone who inputs the combination. The lockout procedure requires only a single person have access to unlock their tagged device, and many machines allow for multiple tagged locks for situations that require multiple technicians. As you shop for options, we recommend checking your existing setup for these requirements. Any multi-user locks should be switched to those with a single key. That way, the safety lockout procedures remain effective whenever you use them. Make sure every person working on the machine understands the purpose of the system, and display the tags on all locked plugs.
When used correctly, Lockout/Tagout systems help protect workers on the job and an OSHA requirement. They require reliable locks, and we offer a wide selection to choose from.
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