Establishing an Efficient Lockout
4 Basic Steps
Follow the BEST GLOBAL PRACTICE plan for creating an efficient lockout program:
1 - Create energy control (LO/TO) policy & procedures
The first step is to develop and document a lockout policy that identifies in detail the purpose and scope of the lockout program.
We can help you to create a roadmap for the successful LO/TO program implementation, where you need to execute an audit of all existing potential sources of hazardous energy, create a list, describe procedures and define responsibilities.
Why do you need lockout procedure?
2 - Identify all energy control points
- Procedures serve as a check sheet to help employees avoid mistakes and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
- Procedures speed lockout activity, which in turn reduces downtime and improves operational productivity.
In this step you need to localise and clearly mark all energy control points
, including valves, switches, breakers and plugs, with permanently placed labels or tags. Our label makers and Do-It-Yourself Sign making printing systems together with durable label materials are designed to provide you with reliable and long-lasting identification.
3 - Equip authorised employee with the proper lockout tools and warning devices
Brady offers a comprehensive line of LO/TO devices and tools - Padlocks include safety, non-conductive, brass, Lockouts include Valve, Universal and Circuit breakers, Tags, Labels, Lockout Boxes, Padlock Stations and much more!
4 - Train employees and promote awareness of safe work practices
Brady offers its expertise in training employees and supervisors. We can prepare a fair plan for training sessions, define the required content for a particular audience and train your supervisory staff to be able to perform internal training.
Keep in mind all the people in your facility, recognise 3 groups with different needs of awareness degree: