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									Lock-Out/Tag-Out Locks Lock-out/Tag-out (LOTO)" refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or start-up of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. This requires that a designated individual turns off and disconnects the machinery or equipment from its energy source(s) before performing service or maintenance and that the authorized employee(s) either lock or tag the energy-isolating device(s) to prevent the release of hazardous energy and take steps to verify that the energy has been isolated effectively. Equipment should be locked out while being repaired. Accidents which occur because machinery that is being repaired and not locked out often result in serious injuries like amputations, fractures, and even death. Locking out and tagging power at its source is important while repairing or adjusting machinery because it ensures that power does not reach the machinery Lockout/Tagout Procedures: • Notify all affected employees that a lockout/tag-out procedure is ready to begin. • Turn off the equipment at the control panel. • Turn off or pull the main disconnect. Be sure all stored energy is released or restrained. • Check all locks and tags for defects. • Attach your safety lock or tag on the energy isolating device. Try to restart the equipment at the control panel to ensure that it is secured. • Check the machine for possible residual pressures, particularly for hydraulic systems. • Complete the repair or servicing work. • Replace all guards on the machinery. • Remove the safety lock and adapter. Let others know that the equipment is back in service. Common mistakes in lockouts: • Leaving keys in the locks. • Locking the control circuit and not the main disconnect or switch. • Not testing the controls to make sure they are definitely inoperative. Review the Following Points • Equipment should be locked out while being repaired. • Lockout means to place a lock on a device that prevents energy release.

• Tag- out means to place a tag on a switch or other shut off device that warns not to start that piece of equipment. • Make sure to remove keys from the locks. • Lock the main switch. • Test the controls to make sure they are definitely inoperative. • Replace all guards on the machinery after servicing. REMEMBER * Part 15 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act requires these locks to be in place, plus under; OSHA Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act". ITS JUST GOOD PRACTICE, HAVE A LOCK AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES


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