Lockout tagout is a safety procedure that is exercised in industries that use machinery. The procedures are necessary to prevent workers from getting injured if a piece of machinery is suddenly re-energized when it shouldn’t be.
As most machines contain moving parts and may be a source of energy, such as electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic energy, it is important to ensure that these machines cannot be accidentally engaged whilst in a state of disrepair or faulty. Any machinery that has moving parts can be dangerous, especially to people who work on or near them.
Without proper Lockout Tagout procedures, employees may not be aware of the risks that they face. This lack of awareness is the main culprit for many workplace accidents and fatalities.
If an accident occurs, management and workers may not realize that the lack of a Lockout Tagout system contributed to the incident. Thus, all management in relevant industries (commercial, industrial, mining, etc) should understand the importance of implementing a Lockout Tagout process and adhere to it strictly for the sake of workplace safety.
Once the required safety procedures have been set up, then using the appropriate lockout tagout equipment is the next critical step. Ensuring that all staff are trained in the use of the equipment, what the presence of the specific locks and tags mean and how to register each job. By educating the workforce on these critical workplace safety systems, you are best protected from accidental injury from faulty or under repair machinery.