About Electrical Lockout Tagout Devices

Even when electrical and mechanical machinery are not in operation, they can still pose hazards to workers. If machines are left in hazardous state, your facility is at risk for personal injuries.

The lock-out/tag-out procedure is used across industries to restrict access to machinery. Lockout devices ensure worker safety because they call for dangerous machines to be properly shut off before:

  • Maintenance or repairs are completed on the equipment—this prevents unwanted start-up
  • Employees are in close contact with the machinery, placing their bodies where machines can easily catch them
  • New equipment in your facility is installed
  • Another safety device needs to be removed

There are many types of low- and high-voltage equipment that require electrical lockout devices, including plumbing systems, circuit breakers, and more. When these machines and equipment are no longer running, they still have hazardous energy, or “residual” energy, stored inside them. That being said, you want to avoid potentially putting your employees in danger. Lockout tagout devices protect workers by prohibiting access to certain machines. They’re designed to securely fit onto a button or switch panel to prevent accidental tampering. Electrical lockout devices save not only time and money, but also lives.

Affected employees in your facility will need to be trained in lockout/tagout procedures. Additionally, remember that only authorized employees can install and remove these devices on energy sources.

According to OSHA, lockout devices are absolutely necessary to comply with safety regulations. No matter your company’s industry, as the employer, you should invest in lockout tagout devices for your machinery.

Our rotary control switch covers can enhance electrical lockout procedures for any facility. For one thing, they do not disturb wiring, offering easy installation. Additionally, each cover is clear, so you have full visibility of the switch. Keep your employees safe and order Sentinel CS-1 rotary control switch covers today.