What is Lockout/Tagout?
Lockout / Tagout is a planned safety procedure which involves turning off the energy supply of industrial machinery and equipment whilst maintenance work or repairs are being carried out. This procedure protects workers from the risks posed by live machinery or electricity.
Why implement a Lockout/Tagout programme?
Reduced accident rates and injury costs
EU Figures show that 10 to 15% of all fatal accidents at work and 15 to 20% of all accidents are connected with maintenance.
Less downtime, higher productivity
A well-organised LO/TO programme that includes clearly labelled energy sources, easy-to-follow procedures, and readily accessible lockout tools can greatly speed up maintenance and servicing activities.
Reduced indirect costs
Accidents can have a significant impact on work scheduling and productivity at the affected job site. The unexpected start up of equipment can also cause extensive damage to the machinery itself, adding the expense of equipment repairs and replacement to the total cost involved.