Don’t make a LOTTO (lottery) of your critical Health & Safety regime.

LOTO – Lockout, Tagout.

We were discussing Health & Safety last week (it’s a regular discussion point in our fortnightly Leadership Team meetings) and reviewed our LOTO policies. Even around the table, although the purpose of the acronym was universally confirmed, the actual ‘O’ and ‘O’ had mixed results.

Joe (MD) then put the question out to a wider audience (our 3,000+ LinkedIn followers) with the following results:

56% got it right – is that good, bad or concerning?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 – HSR25 (Forth edition) Published 2018

This new edition of HSR25 will help dutyholders meet the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It will be of interest and practical help to all dutyholders, particularly engineers (including those involved in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of electrical systems), technicians and their managers.

It sets out the Regulations and gives technical and legal guidance on them. The purpose of this guidance is to highlight the nature of the precautions in general terms to help dutyholders achieve high standards of electrical safety in compliance with the duties imposed.

One of the most common workplace hazards is the release of hazardous energy during maintenance or repair work on machinery or equipment. Resultant injuries can be life changing and even fatal.

LOTO Procedures

An efficient, well-practiced Lockout Tagout (LOTO) procedure is the most effective preventative solution.

The difference between lock out and tag out is the device used. The lockout device stops employees from operating the equipment while the tagout device informs them that the equipment should not be operated. Essentially, a tagout device is the second layer of protection against unsafe equipment operation while a lockout device is the first layer.

The LOTO Rules of Isolation are:

  • Obtain permission to start work (a Permit may be required in some situations)
  • Identify the source(s) of supply using an approved voltage indicator or test lamp
  • Prove that the approved voltage indicator or test lamp is functioning correctly
  • Isolate the supply(s)
  • Secure the isolation
  • Prove the system/equipment is DEAD using an approved voltage indicator or test lamp
  • Prove that the approved voltage indicator or test lamp is functioning correctly
  • Put up warning signs to tell other people that the electrical installation has been isolated
  • Once the system/equipment is proved DEAD, work can begin.

LOTO Stay Safe