Reply To: What is lockout / tagout?

Tony Ferraro

Lockout / Tagout is a vital safety procedure that is implemented to help keep people safe from various threats such as chemical, hydraulic, thermal, electrical, mechanical, or pneumatic types of energy when a machine or piece of equipment is being repaired or maintained. Basically, the equipment must be deemed inoperable and be properly shut-down in order to safely conduct the needed repair or maintenance. There are essential steps that must be followed in the lockout / tagout process to ensure that safety is first and foremost.

These are the 6 steps of loto:

  1. Preparation
  2. Shutdown
  3. Isolation
  4. Lockout / tagout
  5. Stored energy check
  6. Isolation Verification