The Importance of Lockout/Tagout Safety
Lockout/tagout is one of OSHA’s most frequently cited safety violations. It consistently ranks among the agency’s annual top 10 list of workplace violations, resulting in thousands of citations issued each year. These violations are also routinely near the top of the list of the most expensive safety citations. According to OSHA, the agency collected more than $7.7 million in penalties associated with lockout/tagout procedures during fiscal year 2015.
What is Lockout/Tagout?
Lockout/tagout is a safety procedure to help ensure machines and equipment are properly shut off and kept from starting up again prior to the completion of any maintenance or service work. The lockout/tagout standard — OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 — provides minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. Proper lockout/tagout measures help alert your employees that certain pieces of equipment have been temporarily disabled. The unexpected energization of machines can lead to serious consequences.
What are the Risks?
Failure to adhere to safe lockout/tagout procedures can put your employees at risk of sustaining serious injuries. The unexpected startup of equipment can lead to pinching, cuts, burns, crushing, shock, electrocution and even death.
Did You Know?
- Workers injured on the job from machinery that was not properly shut off lose an average of 24 work days for recuperation.
- In countries where lockout standards are followed, related accidents, injuries and fatalities drop by 80 percent or more.
Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard can help:
- Save lives: Preventing an estimated 250,000 incidents; 50,000 injuries; and 120 fatalities annually.
- Cut costs: Both in lost employee time and insurance costs.
- Improve productivity: Minimizing equipment downtime.
Grainger offers a full selection of products to energize your lockout/tagout efforts. From cable, electrical, pneumatic and valve lockout devices to tags, hasps and lock boxes, get the products you need to help prevent injuries and reduce costs. Choose from an assortment of safety and lockout tags to clearly communicate when your equipment is locked out for service or shut down. The use of lockout devices and padlocks help ensure your machines remain inoperable while services, repairs or adjustments are being made.
Grainger has the products, services and resources to help keep your employees safe and healthy while operating safer facilities. For more information on lockout/tagout, visit grainger.com/safety
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