Companies that rely upon hazardous or dangerous electronics or machines in a confined space need to create a lock out tag out procedure. This procedure is designed to help protect the safety of the workers by locking out all employees and preventing them from restarting the hazardous or dangerous machinery.
A lock if often placed on the machine to keep it closed. However, in the case of two or more subcontractors working, the lock is a tight scissor clamp that comes with numerous holes that are capable of keeping the device closed with the multiple locks provided by the subcontractors.
Companies use lock out tag out software to create a lock out system that works for their unique work environment. Most lock out tag out software use a small locking device, which is usually included in lock out tag out kits, to completely shut down the machine. The locking device from the lockout tagout kits serve as a reminder to not turn the machine on.
The locking device from the lock out tag out software also services as a barrier against people accidently turning the machine on. Most lock out tag out software requires that every employee needs to ‘unlock’ or sign off on the machine before it can be turned on. And in the United States, every lock has a unique color, shape or size, which is used to help employees identify which electronic or device is locked and why.
These types of safety precaution are a necessary part of lockout tagout training in order to prevent common injuries from hazardous machines and electronics such as burns, crushing, electrocution, and amputation from happening.