Lockout / Tagout (short: LOTO) is a procedure of blocking access to different kinds of energy sources so that they can not be turned on when they shouldn't be. This is the case when for example heavy machinery is being serviced and people have to get inside the machine to check its status. Turning on the machine in such a case could lead to heavy injuries or even death. LOTO measurements aim at avoiding such situations by simply making it impossible to re-energize the machines during the maintenance process.

All facilities containing energy-driven machinery with required maintenance must have an OSHA-compliant lockout/tagout program.

Yes, lockout/tagout is necessary. Injuries sustained by not following OSHA-compliant lockout/tagout procedures during machine maintenance can lead to injury, death and hefty fines.

From OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147(b)

Affected employee. An employee whose job requires him/her to operate or use a machine or equipment on which servicing or maintenance is being performed under lockout or tagout, or whose job requires him/her to work in an area in which such servicing or maintenance is being performed. 

Authorized employee. A person who locks out or tags out machines or equipment in order to perform servicing or maintenance on that machine or equipment. An affected employee becomes an authorized employee when that employee's duties include performing servicing or maintenance covered under this section. 

Yes. At ABUS, it is not only possible to order keyed-alike safety padlocks, but we will also help you to create a master keying or even grand master keying system that perfectly fits your needs.

Different colors and individually inscribable stickers or labels are used to indicate which department or person the respective lock belongs to. If you need to turn a machine back on urgently, finding the right person to talk to should never take longer than necessary.

The key-retaining feature is very important on padlocks that are used for safety lockout purposes. It ensures that a key can never be pulled out from a lock unless it is completely closed. This will automatically remind you to never leave a lock open on an important application.

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