Overlooking this step when creating a lockout system will result in hefty fines, or jail time

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 29 Apr. 2014

Tags: creating a lockout system, lockout system, lockout policy and lockout system, lockout, health and safety

If your employees do maintenance work, repair, adjust, clean or service equipment or machinery, you must have a lockout system in your company. If you don’t do this, you could face a fine or two years in jail for putting your employees in danger. Don’t let this happen in your business. Create a solid lockout system and be sure to include this important step.


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If you want to have an effective lockout system, make sure it includes a lockout policy

The Health & Safety Advisor says the first step to an effective lockout system is to create a clear and well-defined lockout policy.

Your policy must state your company’s intention to protect all employees and:
  • Identify all activities, machines, equipment and processes that require lockouts. For example, repairs, maintenance, cleaning pipelines, tanks and machines;
  • Make employees who understand the lockout system and use lockout procedures in their normal duties responsible for lockouts, for example, maintenance personnel;
  • Ensure lockouts are done by people you’ve authorised;
  • Develop procedures for each specific lockout situation;
  • Train employees who’ll perform lockouts; and
  • Verify the effectiveness of this training. You can for example state in your policy that trainers must ask trainees to lockout a piece of equipment to see if they understand the procedure and can perform the lockout correctly.

That’s not all you need to know about lockout systems. Here’s one more thing you need to know…


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There are five steps you need to follow to create a lockout system

That’s right.

Having a lockout policy is just one of the steps you need to take when creating a lockout system. If you want to find out about the rest of the steps, check out the Health & Safety Advisor so you can avoid in hefty fines or jail time.

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