Lockout products effectively prevent work accidents

A moment of carelessness and being inattentive can lead to a work-related accident, resulting in serious injury or death. These accidents don’t happen on purpose and usually it is not the fault of one individual. The result of such careless moments can be serious and costly.

Workers servicing or maintaining machines and equipment may be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Each year, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the series accidents in many industries. ABUS offers many industrial safety products from padlocks to lockout devices, hasps and labels. 

The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.147, addresses the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment, thereby preventing the release of hazardous energy while employees perform servicing and maintenance activities. 

What is Lockout/Tagout?  

With over 3,000 violations in 2018, Lockout/Tagout was one of OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations. Lockout/Tagout is a planned safety procedure that involves turning off the energy supply of industrial machinery and equipment while maintenance work or repairs are carried out. This procedure protects workers from the risks posed by live machinery or electricity.

Why Lockout/Tagout?

•          Safety while performing maintenance, cleaning or repairs

•          Prevention of injuries

•          Prevention of damage

•          Helps prevent errors

•          Clearly communicates risk in the workplace

How to develop a Lockout/Tagout system?

There are established requirements that employers must follow to ensure employees are protected when exposed to hazardous energy through maintenance and equipment work. Facilities must:

  • Develop – create a lockout/tagout program specific to the machinery in your facility, including equipment that is not capable of being locked out
  • Implement – use lockout devices for equipment that can be locked out and tagout devices to identify who is performing maintenance
  • Train – teach employees the lockout/tagout procedures and be sure authorized employees can perform the procedure accurately
  • Enforce – monito and maintain that the implemented procedures are being performed

OSHA requires all padlocks and devices meet its 5 requirements for safety lockout/tagout:

Durable: manufactured with materials that withstand usage environment

Standardized: cannot be removed unless considerable force is applied

Substantial: clearly differentiated from other devices by color, shape or size

Identifiable: indicates the authorized employee that applied the device

Lockout Kits

If you want to establish a proper machine maintenance safety program in your company, ABUS lockout kits are always a smart choice. In our starter kits, you will find all that is needed to ...


Lockout Labels

Lockout/Tagout labels call out DANGER or allow a special area where the employee's name, department and other information can be written in with a permanent marker. The safety labels are ...


Lockout Devices

ABUS offers a number of lockout devices and safety hasps for switches, power outlets, valves, compressed air connections, and many more. Special additions to our program are the unique and ...


Safety Padlocks

ABUS offers a variety of safety padlocks for many different lockout applications. Our 72 Anodized Aluminum Series is very lightweight and can be engraved to personalize or number different ...


Safety Lockout FAQ

If you have any specific questions about safety lockout or want to get a quick overview of the topic, maybe our lockout/tagout FAQ can help.