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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


For US based organisations in need of assistance implementing lockout tagout procedures, we can help.master lock logo

Working in collaboration with our Principal Master Lock, we are helping employers globally improve their safety performance and control their costs by preventing serious accidents, deaths and loss of assets.

We provide 5 key areas of support

Lockout/Tagout audits

  • Defining gaps in written procedures, training, and general OSHA requirements under 29 CFR 1910.147 General Industry.  Survey Certificate provided after inspection.
  • Professional Services-Professional and accurate lockout procedure writing.
  • Field iD- The complete software package for safety compliance including LOTO.

Lockout locks and equipment assessment.

  • Proper equipment for successful energy isolation and zero energy state.
  • Life Guard Charting – Maintaining the integrity of your “one lock – one employee” system.

Certified Lockout Training

  • “Train the Trainer” for program Administration
  • LOTO Authorized personnel and Affected employees.

Site specific recommendations for adoption and implementation of the Corporate Lockout Standardization Implementation.

  • Each Master Lock Territory Manager is Certified in Lockout Practitioning.

Product Recommendations to Help Protect your Assets

  • Edge, Key Control System
  • Bump Stop, Advanced Cylinder Technology


The outcome of such consultation will be OSHA compliance and a safer work place.OSHA logo


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.

America: (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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