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Lockout Device

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Lockout devices can protect people from the unexpected or accidental energizing of machinery or circuitry. Many times, especially during maintenance or repair, workers are exposed to serious health risks if the machine that is undergoing repair is activated. Lockout/tagout procedures and effective lockout devices can reduce mush of this risk.

Most energy isolating devices that are used in industrial and commercial applications are capable of being locked out. This means that the device, whether it is a valve, switch, or manually operated electrical circuit breaker, either has a locking mechanism built in, or a locking mechanism can be easily and effectively attached to the device. Lockout devices insure that the energy isolation device is sufficiently debilitated and that no power is available to the "locked out" machine.

Placing a lock and tag on an energy isolation device in accordance with a lockout/tagout procedure indicates that a machine is temporarily disabled, eliminating potential hazards and unnecessary accidents in the workplace. Lockout devices can be as simple as non-conductive padlocks or breaker guards. Tags should be easily identifiable labels that are securely attached to "locked out" devices, and should contain appropriate warning information.

Purchasing Lockout Devices

Locks are available from many industrial and safety supply stores. In many cases, the locks are color coded for easy identification and use, and are coated in non-conductive plastic for safe operation. Vendors and retail personnel can help you should you wish to purchase multiple locks with the same key, and may even offer quantity discounts on some items.


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