What is a LOTO procedure?

There are many hazardous situations that take place in in manufacturing and other facilities. For certain particularly common or serious situations like this, it becomes necessary to implement a specialized procedure designed specifically to address a problem. In 1989, OSHA made the lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedure mandatory for companies operating in the United States. Even prior … Read more

What is a LOTO station?

When it comes to implementing the lockout/tagout program in a facility, nothing makes it easier or more effective than a LOTO station. This is a simple place where you can store all the various components of the LOTO program so that they are all easy to find whenever you need them. In addition, this type … Read more

Why should a facility implement a LOTO program?

When managing a workplace, it is important to do everything possible to ensure the safety of employees and the facility itself. There are many different programs and strategies that can be used in this area, so choosing the right ones for a given situation can be difficult. When it comes to minimizing the hazards of … Read more

Who benefits from LOTO?

The lockout/tagout program is designed to help improve safety in a facility. When implemented correctly, it can help to dramatically reduce the risk that someone or something will be in danger when working in or around machinery. This can include protections from being crushed, hit by moving parts, electrocuted, cut, or experience other types of … Read more

What are LOTO devices?

When using the lockout/tagout procedure it is necessary to place a physical device on either the electrical supply cord, or the place where the machinery in question is plugged in. These are the items that will stop other people from inadvertently energize a machine, putting the person in or around it in danger. There are … Read more

What are LOTO tags?

In the lockout/tagout procedure, the person who is working in a potentially dangerous area will need to attach a tag to the lock that they are putting on the power cord or other power supply. This tag is where the procedure gets the second half (tag out) of its name. Understanding what a LOTO tag … Read more

What are some examples of a LOTO procedure?

There are many situations where the lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedure can be used to improve safety in the workplace. Each facility is going to have a different set of situations where the LOTO program should be used. In order to know when it is necessary to use this type of safety procedure, it can be helpful … Read more

What is the main goal for a LOTO program?

The main goal for a lockout/tagout (LOTO) program is to improve the safety of employees who work on potentially dangerous machines. Specifically, it will prevent a machine from being powered up while workers are performing maintenance in a potentially hazardous area. The concepts behind the LOTO program are quite simple, but they have been proven … Read more

What is a Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) program?

The lockout/tagout (LOTO) program was developed to help protect workers who are performing maintenance on machinery from getting hurt due to the unintended startup of a machine. OSHA requires facilities to have safe de-energization practices and a LOTO program that is tailored specifically to their environment. In general, however, the steps taken will be quite similar.

Removing All Sources of Power

The first step in any lockout/tagout program is going to be to remove the power from a machine that is going to be worked on. This should be done either directly by the person performing the maintenance, or at least with them present. The involvement of the person doing the work will help to ensure they are certain that the power has been properly removed. During this step, it is important to remove all source of power including the main power supply and any backup options.

Locking Out the Power with Tags

Once the power has been removed, the person or people who are going to be working on the machinery will need to lock the power out. This means applying some type of device that physically prevents the machine from being plugged back in and turned on. If multiple people are working on the machine, then each person should have their own lock put in place.

This is done so that nobody can accidentally plug in the machine thinking that it is safe. As long as the maintenance person is working with or in the machine, it won’t be possible to power it up. Once they are done with the maintenance, each person will unlock their own lock and remove it so that power can be restored.

Limiting Who Can Restore Power

The main point of the lockout/tagout program is to physically limit who is able to restore power to a machine that is being worked on. When the LOTO program is followed properly, it will virtually eliminate any risk of people getting hurt because a machine is energized while they are still working in or around it.

Are NFPA and ISO standards the same?

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) are two of the largest and best-known entities when it comes to creating standards that are used by businesses around the world. While they are certainly similar in many ways, these two organizations are not the same. What is the NFPA? The … Read more