Elements of a Visual Lockout Procedure

There are a variety of components in a visual lockout tagout procedure that will help ensure your employees will get home safe. Use this helpful guide to determine what elements are required for compliance, and best practices to complete an even safer lockout procedure.

Visual Lockout Procedure

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Best practice: Company logo


Best practice: Machine-specific equipment ID number


Required: Facility name, location, equipment name


Best practice: Number of lockout points


Best practice: The caution statement is where additional hazards and noteworthy information can be communicated


Best practice: Pictures of equipment


Required:While having corresponding energy source tags mounted on equipment and indicated on the lockout procedure is considered "best practice," lockout procedures are required to identify energy sources and magnitude. (OSHA1910.147(d)(1))


Required:Action steps to isolate energy and location of isolation points. These must include procedural steps for shutting down, isolating, blocking and securing equipment to control hazardous energy. They also must include steps for the use of lockout devices and their responsibility. 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(B-C)


Required:Verification is required on every step of your lockout procedure. This is how your employees will know whether or not the energy source is truly isolated and at a zero energy state. 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(D)


Required: Purpose, scope and enforcement of lockout tagout procedure must be included on Physical procedure. 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)


Required: A sequential procedure for shutdown, locking/tagging and testing must be included on the lockout procedure. 1910.147 App A


Required: A sequential procedure to restore equipment to service must be included on the lockout procedure. 1910.147 App

Visual lockout procedure

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