Work Safe Around Energised Equipment

A Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) program should be implemented in all warehouse operations to ensure that all energised equipment are properly shut off and prevent employees from being caught between mechanical parts or being electrocuted. All affected workers should be trained on LOTO procedures and how to apply and remove LOTO devices after performing maintenance.

An effective LOTO program should include the following eight steps:

Step 1: Detailed procedures for equipment
Step 2: Notify affected employees
Step 3: Shut down equipment properly
Step 4: Disconnect all primary energy sources
Step 5: Address all secondary sources
Step 6: Verify the lockout
Step 7: Keep it in force during shift changes
Step 8: Bring the equipment back on line

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