Seven steps to machine safety
29 April 2013
Scafftag has devised seven simple steps to safer machinery using Lockout Tagout products. The Lockout Tagout programmes are designed to eliminate accidental start-up of machines or equipment, and to prevent the release of stored energy during servicing or maintenance.
1 Preparation: Identify the type of energy used and its potential hazards. Locate the isolator(s) and prepare to 'lock off' energy source.
2 Notification: Inform operators and supervisors who may be affected by isolating the machinery.
3 Shut-Down: Turn off the equipment or machine.
4 Lock Off: Lock off all energy sources using the lockout device to prevent energy release within the equipment, pipes or machinery. Apply a lock so no one can turn the switch or valve whilst work is under taken. The key should be stored securely or held by the person isolating the equipment.
Attach a lockout warning tag.
5 Test: Test all machine controls and electrical circuits to ensure energy is completely isolated.
6 Repair or Rework: Perform maintenance and/or servicing.
7 Return to Service: When work is done and lockout/ tagout devices removed, test and look to ensure all tools and mechanical and electrical lockout devices have been removed.