lockout tagout procedures

Lockout tagout procedures are the use of a special system to prevent power from being accidentally turned on during equipment maintenance or repair. These lockout tagout procedures may be electrical or other power such as hydraulic power, compressed air or coiled springs. In lockout tagout procedures you will need to disconnect switches, circuit breakers or other energy-isolating mechanisms and put it in the safe 'off' position. A device is often placed over the energy-isolating mechanism to hold it in the safe off position, and attachments protect the equipment from being turned on. Each year, many workers are injured or killed by the uncontrolled release of hazardous energy. Many of these types of accidents could have been prevented by proper lockout tagout procedures.