Lock Out/Tag Out Procedures

Protecting Workers with OSHA LOTO Standards

Lock Out safety trainingLock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) incidents are among the top 10 most frequent workplace accidents according to OSHA. LOTO training from T/C Risk Management teaches employees how to safety shutdown equipment and machinery to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. There are many jobs where LOTO procedures apply to only electrical equipment. However, this can result in a dangerous workplace. For the safety of workers, all of the following should have LOTO standards:

  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Hydraulic
  • Mechanical
  • Pneumatic
  • Thermal

All of these create “hazardous energy” when in operation and are required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 to have their own LOTO procedures to ensure employees are not injured during routine maintenance or service. T/C Risk Management has experience with all types of OSHA LOTO procedures, not just electrical, letting us be your single source for all required LOTO training.

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What Is Lock Out/Tag Out?

Training Tag and Lock

When an employee has to work around hazardous energy, they use a special lock and tag system to indicate the machine or equipment should not be used. The locks are usually brightly colored padlocks so they are easily visible while the tags are generally plastic and in a matching color. The lock literally locks up the equipment in a safe position, ideally completely off, to prevent the release of hazardous energy. Other workers will not be able to turn on or operate the unit until the original employee removes their lock.

LOTO procedure can prevent:

  • Crushing injuries
  • Burns from steam
  • Cuts or amputations from machinery
  • Electrical shock
  • Death

Lock out can be performed by either a single worker or large groups, depending on the needs of the project. In cases of multiple workers, there are tags which allow for multiple locks. This system prevents anyone from turning on the equipment before each worker is finished and safely away. The experts of T/C Risk Management will help you create a custom company policy for whichever LOTO procedures would work best for you and your employees.

Electrical LOTO Training

Lockout procedures are most often associated with electrical equipment. Our electrical LOTO training course covers everything your workers need to know about safety around electricity. This includes:

Our 1910.47 and 1910.331 OSHA LOTO classes are NFPA 70E compliant. These classes can be for qualified or unqualified workers.

LOTO Training Programs to Meet OHSA Compliance

LOTO Mobile trainingOSHA requires companies working with hazardous energy to meet very specific standards with LOTO procedures. Not implementing LOTO standards can result in anything from the loss of equipment or superficial injuries to worker death and disability. Our training programs are about more than just using the locks; they are designed to provide a deeper understanding of why Lock Out/Tag Out requirements are essential for worker safety. After completion of training, your workers will know the proper procedures for equipment shutdown and how to isolate the energy source.

Industries which frequently need lock out procedures include:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Power plants
  • Theme parks
  • Mining
  • Water and waste management
  • Oil and gas drilling

Contact our team today to set out a custom policy for your workplace. Has your business been given an OSHA citation for a LOTO violation? New LOTO training can help reduce your fine. Sign up your workers for a LOTO training course with T/C Risk Management to get caught up on the latest LOTO procedures.

Mobile LOTO Training Benefits All Workers

With our new mobile training opportunities, all employees on a jobsite may now learn about safe LOTO procedures. T/C Risk Management offers evaluations of qualified and authorized workers to ensure everyone at your facility is properly trained and meets OSHA standards.

By visiting your jobsite, our experts are able to assess you current procedures and tools. Our mobile unit includes a full LOTO set provided by Master Lock, allowing employees to practice procedure without exposure to hazardous energy. If your business does not have current LOTO procedures, we will assist in the creation of a comprehensive policy specific to your location to meet OSHA requirements.

For more information about the importance of Lock Out/Tag Out procedure training, contact T/C Risk Management today.