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Lockout/tagout is one safety innovation that has saved thousands of lives.
Every person involved in safety needs to know their place and responsibilities in the lockout/tagout program, from the managers and supervisors to the workers. Each person plays a key role in keeping everyone safe.
Errors in lockout/tagout can result in pinch-point injuries, amputations and death. The important note to keep in mind is that all powered equipment is dangerous – even when shut down. This is why it’s crucial workers alert others when they are working on or repairing equipment, so it is not energized.
SafetyNow can help you to explain to workers the importance of properly following lockout/tagout protocol and provide examples of what has gone wrong when workers ignored these precautionary measures.
Machines in Motion Mean Danger
It’s a simple fact: Machines need to move to perform their tasks. Whether it’s a conveyor belt carrying raw material to a mixing tank, power presses bending sheet metal or a drill press punching holes in a piece of wood, they all operate by movements that cause a serious risk to workers.
Gain Control of New Equipment
Every now and then we all come face-to-face with a new piece of equipment at work, something slightly different from what we were trained on. This new equipment might range from a new computer in the office to an entire line of processing equipment, or it might simply be that you are about to drive a different vehicle. The areas for potential problems will always vary significantly with the equipment involved, but usually a few basic rules apply.
Lockout/Tagout/Tryout - Your Key to Safety
John was a member of the maintenance department. He was called to perform a repair on a machine in Unit 3. John simply turned the machine off, got his tools, removed the necessary guards, and started to work. The job was on the back side of the machinery away from the control panel. John was doing an outstanding job of repairing the machine, but he forgot the most important component of this job – Lockout/Tagout/Tryout.
Meanwhile, – Bill, the operator – returned from his break. He did not see John and there was no indication that the machine was under repair. Assuming his machine was ready to run, Bill started it. He had no idea that John was inside!
Put A Lock On It!
Lockout/Tagout is a procedure designed to help you ensure the electrical and mechanical power to a piece of equipment is off and physically isolated before you start working on it to make repairs or adjustments. If you don’t use this procedure, you could be seriously or fatally injured if the machine starts up unexpectedly.
Lockout involves putting a lock on the control. These locks are often accompanied by tags explaining that a lockout is in force. The tag often includes the name and photo of the worker who placed the lock – reminding other workers his life would be in danger if the machinery started up. A tag alone is not sufficient because someone could ignore it and start the machine anyway. Only the worker who installed the lock is allowed to remove it.
Lockout/Tagout requires extensive training which is why only trained and authorized workers may perform lockout procedures.
Lock Out Hazardous Energy
Just because a piece of equipment is standing silent and motionless doesn’t mean it’s safe. What you don’t see or hear could kill or maim you.
You must take steps to prevent equipment from becoming energized while it is being worked on. The energy can be pneumatic, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, chemical or thermal. There can be other sources as well — gravity, for example.
The best way to prevent release of hazardous energy is with a lockout/tagout procedure.
Machines and equipment might be connected directly to an energy source or they might contain “stored energy.” This energy waiting to be released can be electrical, such as in generators, hydraulic or mechanical.
Employees doing service or maintenance must be trained to ensure they know, understand and follow a written procedure for controlling hazardous energy.
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Essential Lockout/Tagout Safety Video
Lockout/tagout procedures are vital to a safe work environment. If you utilize powered equipment, everyone in your facility needs to be aware of proper lockout/tagout procedures. This video is a great way to start your training.
Machine Guarding & Conveyor Safety Safety Video
Emphasizes that machine guarding is not foolproof and requires employee responsibility when working with machinery. The last segment of the program addresses safety concerns regarding employees who work with or near conveyor systems.
Lockout Tagout Safety Video
A person wouldn’t work at a place where they spin the wheel each day to see if they get injured, yet millions of workers inspecting, adjusting, servicing or maintaining equipment and machinery take the same risk every day when they elect not to isolate energy sources before placing themselves in harms way.
It is estimated that over 100 workers are seriously injured every day due to failure to properly lockout – tagout equipment. This program covers the purpose of lockout – tagout, the hazards associated with the accidental release of stored energy, proper lockout – tagout procedures for attaining zero energy state, proper startup procedures and special situations.
Lockout – Tagout Procedures creates an awareness and respect for the hazards and motivates your works to follow best practices to prevent incidents and ensure their safety.
Lockout/tagout is a system that helps ensure workers stay safe while servicing or repairing equipment by making it physically impossible for that equipment to run or move. This course will teach employees how lockout/tagout programs work and the different roles workers must play to make them successful. Employees will learn to identify the importance of proper lockout/tagout procedures, what workers are authorized to perform those procedures, lock and tag systems used for lockout/tagout, and the special provisions of lockout/tagout programs. This course is intended for employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to perform lockout/tagout procedures, and for employees who work on equipment that is subject to regular maintenance or repair requiring lockout/tagout. This course is presented in English and Spanish.
Lockout/Tagout Simulation: Compressors
Lockout/tagout is a system that helps ensure workers stay safe while servicing or repairing equipment by making it physically impossible for that equipment to run or move. This simulation will give employees a basic idea of the necessary steps to safely isolate a gas compressor system. Learners who successfully complete this simulation will display the ability to recognize the hazards of isolating a section of pipeline for repair and how to safely do so using proper lockout/tagout techniques. This course is designed for oil and gas industry field employees who will participate in lockout/tagout procedures involving gas compressor system isolation and repair/maintenance.
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