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Lockout Tagout

Welcome to the Lockout / Tagout Expertise section of our website. In this section we explain the basics of lockout tagout, why this procedure exists, what the law demands as safe working practice and some simple steps that you can take to ensure your workers go home safe each day at the end of their shift.

As safety practitioners we keep abreast of industry events which affect our business. Reading the monthly health and safety journals that arrive on our door-mat, it’s always sad to read of prosecutions that have passed through the courts following a serious accident resulting in injury and sometimes death of a worker. The most frustrating part is that most of these incidents could have been completely avoided at a very modest cost.

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Lockout tagout, also known as a safe isolation programme is the process of identifying and mitigating risks that could cause machinery or electrical systems to start up or energise unexpectedly. Such unexpected start-up could cause serious injury or death to maintenance workers.

At Total Lockout we understand the importance of an effective safe isolation programme.  Regulations in Europe, United States and Canada, and the rest of the world require that adequate steps are taken to safeguard against the unexpected start-up.

In the United States OSHA Regulation CFR 1910.147 covers The Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout).OSHA-LOTO-Standard

In Europe, EU Guidelines 89/655 specify the minimum requirements concerning safety and health while using equipment.



In addition, The Provision & User of Work Equipment Regulations (1998) and The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 guide employers and workers alike of their obligations.

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In Canada “CSA Z460, Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout and Other Methods” is the prevailing standard.

So as you can see, legally enforced regulations exist to guide employers on their obligations to worker safety.

Simply marking an isolating switch with the message ‘Do Not Operate’ is insufficient to safe guard workers against potential injury or death.

A well planned isolation procedure will take in to account many factors including who is likely to be affected and what hardware is needed to protect workers.


If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, contact us today.

Americas: (727) 608-4325

UK & Rest of World: +44 (0)1376 325506

Whether you are an experienced health and safety practitioner, or a rookie in this area of workplace safety, we can help you. Post a question via e-mail or pick up the phone. There’s no charge.

Once of the toughest aspects of implementing a lockout procedure is picking the right lockout device for your particular piece of equipment. We are very experienced in this area. We have access to a vast array of lockout devices and can help you select the most appropriate device.

We work closely with the equipment manufacturers; we know their product ranges very well. We have no bias to one particular manufacturer. Our objective is to keep you safe in the workplace by using the best tool for the job.

At Total Lockout, we can assist you in assessing the risk and establishing the most suitable lockout tagout devices needed for all equipment and processes in your work place. We can help you find simple procedures that ensure legal compliance and protecting your workers at the same time.

Our objective is to help you implement simple and effective systems that don’t compromise worker efficiency or safety.

What qualifies us to assist you? Our team have in excess of 30 years experience assisting businesses like yours implement safe working practices, especially lockout/tagout. In our time we have visited wide ranging industries including food and drink manufacture, mineral extraction and processing, steel processing, oil, gas and petrochemical facilities and power generation and transmission, among many more.

The most important element in any lockout tagout procedure is the padlock used by the maintenance worker. This simple device is the cornerstone of any lockout system.

A lockout padlock should differ in appearance from other padlocks within your workplace. Most importantly, the padlock should be guaranteed to be unique. That means only the holder of the padlock should have a key to open it.

At Total Lockout we keep a register of all padlock key codes issued to a work site. This means that any time in the future when more padlocks are needed, we guarantee not to supply locks with keys that are already on site.

Our goal is to help you add layers of integrity to your lockout tagout procedures, while at the same time keeping systems as simple and easy to use as possible.


We offer product and application specific training programs for lockout tagout procedures. The program teaches workers about the importance of safe isolation practices and illustrates simple risk assessment tasks to verify that machinery and equipment is safe to work on. The program also demonstrates checks that workers can take before bringing machinery back online after maintenance shut-down.

Identifying the most suitable lockout device is fundamental to an effective lockout tagout procedure. The task is covered in our training program.

The lockout tagout training program gives an insight into the legal requirements and also demonstrates that legal compliance is not always the safest method. Conversely, a well planned, well thought out lockout program is likely to achieve legal compliance by default.

Call us today to discuss your lockout tagout training requirements.

Americas: (727) 608-4325

UK & Rest of World: +44 (0)1376 325506

Our lockout tagout consultation process usually begins with a telephone conversation whereby we can understand your goals and objectives and the existing level of knowledge and expertise within your organisation.

The consultation can then progress to an on-site meeting and survey for further information gathering.

The survey can be cursory or detailed depending on your requirements. A detailed survey is likely to include a study of all equipment and machinery on site, a review of the standard isolation procedure for each machine, and a risk assessment. Photographs are often taken during this process.

After this we can make recommendations for equipment hardware including isolation padlocks, machinery isolation photo boards and storage needs.

Lockout Tagout Training and review can also be incorporated in the consultation process.

Americas: (727) 608-4325

UK & Rest of World: +44 (0)1376 325506


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