Lockout / Tagout procedures are implemented in work environments involving the servicing and/or maintenance on equipment where there is a risk of unexpected start-up or release of stored energy. Lockout / Tagout procedures are implemented to prevent such incidents and accidents occurring.
What Is Lockout?
LOCKOUT is a physical method to stop the equipment from being re-energised or to prevent the release or escape of stored energy. A lockout device is used to stop something from being switched on when it is absolutely essential that it remains switched off. For example, a safety padlock is placed on an energy isolating device that is positioned in the OFF or Closed position.
What Is Tagout?
TAGOUT is a highly visible and prominent warning, such as a tag and this is securely fastened on the equipment that has been isolated. The tagout device is put on the energy isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.
Legal Requirements For Lockout Tagout
There are no specific Irish or UK regulations relating solely to Lockout Tagout legal requirements. Lockout Tagout regulations are contained within broader Health and Safety regulations within different jurisdictions. In Ireland, we are governed by Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (updated in 2010).