MSDS & Lockout/Tagout

Lockout and tagout kits are recommended safety procedures to be used in industry and research settings to ensure dangeous machines are properly shut down and locked when undergoing routine repair and maintenance. Places that have dangerous equipment and hazaradous materials need safety procedures in place to protect employees from heavy equipment that can easily cause an injury. 

With lockout and tagout systems you can effectively lock the device or power source and tag it so people know not to turn the machine on. Many machines include hazardous materials such as hot fluids, moving presses, blades, electrical heaters and moving chains that can cause serious injury if someone gets too close to the machine. With lockout and tagout systems you can clearly identify so employees don't make the mistake of turning on a machine that is being serviced. At 1st Aid Supplies we have a number of lockout/tagout systems that can be used in many settings to provide necessary safety precautions. 

What Does Hazardous Energy Mean?

OSHA defines hazardous energy as energy from sources like electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, chemical, thermal, or other systems. During service or maintenance of these systems, energy can build up and release unexpectedly, harming workers.

What Does Lockout/Tagout Do?

Proper lockout/tagout procedure isolates workers from potential sources of harmful energy and minimizes the risk of hazardous buildup.

Requirements for Lockout/Tagout Devices

According to OSHA, lockout/tagout devices  must meet the following requirements:

  • Durable – Devices must be able to withstand working environments.
  • Standardized – Devices within a facility must share color, shape, or size.
  • Substantial – Devices should require specialized tools like bolt cutters to remove.
  • Identifiable – Devices must warn against hazardous conditions in clear, unambiguous language.

Periodic inspections and testing of all relevant equipment and devices are also required by OSHA. All employees must be trained on proper LOTO procedure.

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Keep employees protected by installing lockout and tagout stations in your workplace to bring crucial lockout/tagout requirements to the forefront where it can't be overlooked. Proper lockout tagout procedure is crucial. Here's a sample procedure:
  • An employee gets authorization to perform maintenance on the equipment, switch, valve, or other energy isolating piece of equipment which requires it.
  • All affected employees should be informed that a lockout is required, and given the reason for the action.
  • Operate the switch, valve, or other device so that the source of the hazardous energy is disconnected from the equipment to be serviced.
  • Lock out the energy isolating device with a designated lockout/tagout device.
  • Stored energy such as in a capacitor, spring, steam valve, or other sources of electrical or kinetic energies, should be released in a controlled manor such as bleeding, blocking, or grounding.
  • Make sure that no workers are at risk, and then test the equipment to confirm that it will not operate, and that all stored energy has been released. Return controls to a neutral position.

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