Lockout, Tagout Safety Guidance

Below is a quick guide to common safety issues and protocols. For more, download the PDF.

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This free download covers "Lockout Tagout, What is a Lockout, What Is A Tag Out and The basic steps to LOTO. It also has as a video example illustrating new lockout tagout safety rules and procedures.
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What is Lockout?

To “lockout” means to secure an energy-isolating device in an off, close, or neutral position. Locking out is
intended to prevent the unexpected start-up or energizing of machinery and equipment during service and maintenance operations. Lockout devices include locks with keys or combination locks.Princeton Survey Research.

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What is Tagout?

To “tagout” means to place a warning tag on a switch or other shut off device, which warns others not to
start the piece of equipment. Tagout should only be used with lockout, unless locking out the equipment is
impossible.

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Sources of Power and Energy

When most people think of power or energy, they think of electricity. But, there are many other sources of power and energy, including: mechanical, hydraulic (compressed liquid), pneumatic (compressed air), chemical, and thermal. supervisors.