By Grainger Editorial Staff 6/30/19
Padlocks can help improve workplace safety by controlling access to energized areas of the plant, warehouse or factory
Padlocks are an important part of a firm’s industrial safety measures—particularly in areas where energized electrical equipment is present and the threat of arc flash accidents is prevalent. Padlocks allow safety supervisors to lock out specific pieces of machinery, equipment or entire areas where repairs or preventive maintenance efforts are taking place.
For controlling hazardous energies, not just any lock will do. OSHA and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have outlined a number of requirements for these devices. According to OSHA, lockout padlocks must be:
NFPA's requirements are similar:
After these basic requirements are met, there are many other factors to consider, including padlock style, keying system and more.
For more information on OSHA’s control of hazardous energy and lockout/tagout standard see: 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.147
For more information on NFPA requirements see: NFPA 70E-2018 Article 120
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