Safety Lockout/Tagout: Safe Workplace, Protected Employees

Safety lockout and tagout measures help to achieve a safe working environment. From the perspective of an employer, guidelines and legal regulations must be followed in order to protect employees. In this instance, where rules and directions alone are not enough, physical safety measures are needed to avoid work accidents.

Around 2.2 million people die from work accidents each year worldwide

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) around 2.2 million people die from work accidents each year worldwide and around 270 million people are injured by work-related accidents. Especially in industrial environments where workers come in contact with toxic chemicals, high temperatures, heavy machinery or sharp tools, the risk of an accident is extremely high. An oven fire can escalate very quickly, explosive materials can catch fire, rubble can fall down, and workers can get caught in machines. It is often difficult to help in such situations – and often help comes too late.

That is why it is not only important to establish clear guidelines for emergency situations, it is crucial to take preventive work safety measurements. Even with simple actions and safety products which can be integrated into the daily work routine without a problem, accidents can effectively be prevented and employees can be protected.

Lockout/Tagout products from ABUS

This is where safety lockout and tagout products come into play. With these, machines, valves, power plugs and switches can be locked in a way that they cannot be accessed during maintenance, cleaning and repair work. Through these measures, the safety of employees is ensured and accidents can effectively be avoided.

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Lockout Hasp

Lockout Hasp

To temporarily block access to switchboards, ABUS offers different varieties of lockout hasps. With these, main power switches and thus the energy sources can easily be locked out during maintenance or service work. This is an easy and effective way to avoid accidental restarting of the machine.

Valve Lockout

Valve Lockout

The regular maintenance of machinery is indispensable. In order not to endanger employees who are assigned to carry out the maintenance work, it is very important to lock out gate valves. The ABUS valve lockout device is perfect for this job. It effectively blocks access to valves on pipes so that these cannot be turned on accidentally.

Ball Valve Lockout

Ball Valve Lockout

To block most common ball valves (even those with more than two outgoing pipes), the ball valve lockout device is the right choice. If the flat lever is at an angle of 90 degree to the pipe, it can be locked by the device. With a padlock, the device ultimately gets fixated and the ball valve is locked. Accidental opening during maintenance work is therefore impossible.

Ball Valve Lockout

During maintenance work, certain valves on machinery have to be locked in order to protect employees. This ball valve lockout device is used to block access to a lever on a standard ball valve.

Ball Valve Lockout

Circuit Breaker Lockout

Single circuit breakers can effectively be locked out by these devices. By turning the screw, the lockout device pinches single switches and blocks them from movement. During maintenance work, this procedure makes sure that switches and therefore the machines are not accidentally turned on.

Circuit Breaker Lockout

Multipolar Circuit Breaker Lockout

This lockout device is used to keep multi-pole circuit breakers turned off during maintenance work. To do this, the lockout device is clamped into the open space under the bridge over the switches; then the adjustment wheel grips the device and therefore blocks the switch off.

Multipolar Circuit Breaker Lockout
Power Plug Lockout

Power Plug Lockout

In order to carry out maintenance work on machinery, some plugs have to be disconnected to interrupt the power flow. To make sure these plugs are not plugged in again by mistake, they can be locked inside this lockout device. The power plug lockout is available in two different sizes.

Gas Cylinder Lockout

Gas Cylinder Lockout

During maintenance work, gas bottles and gas connections have to be secured. The gas cylinder lockout is perfect for this job because it effectively locks gas cylinders.

Compressed Air Connection Lockout

Compressed Air Connection Lockout

In order to prevent compressed air from getting into the machine and therefore turning it on, some compressed air hoses have to be plugged out and locked. The compressed air connection lockout is perfect for this job.

Safelex™ Universal- Cable Lockout

There are situations when the right lockout device is not at hand. If a machine is malfunctioning and has to be serviced quickly, sometimes there is not enough time to search for a special valve, circuit breaker, or other device. The Safelex™ universal cable lockout is the solution. It is universally applicable, especially in cases where longer distances between two lockout points have to be bridged.

Safelex™ Universal-Cable Lockout

Standard-Cable Lockout

The standard cable lockout is used during maintenance work in cases where the special lockout device for the respective access point is not at hand. It can be used universally on different kinds of energy sources.

Standard-Cable Lockout

Safety Redbox™ Group Lockout Box

Maintenance or service work on big machinery is usually an organizational effort. Many different access points have to be locked out, many different groups of workers with different professions are at work. If all people involved had to lock out each access point, it would become not only a very timely effort, but it would also require a large number of padlocks. The solution: The Safety Redbox™. Thanks to this product, only the foreman has to lock out all the access points and then put the different keys into the box. All other people involved lock the Safety Redbox™ with their personalized padlock, thus all the keys are stored away until the end of the maintenance process.

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