Hazard Recognition – Lockout/Tagout Safety

Hazard Recognition – Lockout/Tagout


Proper lockout/tagout procedures can help prevent serious injuries, but only if those procedures are followed.

A lot of organizations, they’ve got the best procedures in place, but it’s the implementation of the procedures that fails.

Some examples:

  • One employee may go home for the day with his lock on, and the next worker on duty cuts the lock.
  • Workers may simply use a label on older equipment for which secure lockout is more difficult.
  • Instead of installing a chain to lock a valve in place, a wire that can easily be cut may be used.

Even if all lockout/tagout steps are followed, faulty equipment can still lead to failures.

Violation of lockout/tagout procedures often boils down to three reasons:

  1. Complacency
  2. A rush to finish the work

Being unfamiliar with the equipment