Work procedures are defined and followed to keep people safe at work. However, many accidents occur during non-routine operations such as when equipment is being maintained, cleaned, fixed or unblocked. Accidents include amputations, electrocution, crushing and deaths.
To prevent accidents, equipment should be made safe before such work takes place, and proper procedures followed to reinstate the equipment. Lock out, tag out (LOTO) is one part of the process for making equipment safe.
The EssentialSkillz LOTO Course explains a five-step process, from planning to trying out, before work is carried out. It also summarises the steps to be taken after work has finished but before restoring power. As well as more obvious electrical hazards, the course explains that there are other energy sources that might need to be protected against, including hydraulic pressure, gas and moving parts. It uses cases studies based on real accidents to illustrate the importance of applying controls and to engage the learner.
It is not the aim of this course to explain particular shutdown sequences or LOTO steps for specific equipment. Although the course illustrates examples of how energy sources can be locked out, it is the responsibility of the employer to carry out specific risk assessments, to have tailored procedures in place and to train employees to use specific equipment.
Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this LOTO eLearning course can be customised to meet your needs, for example illustrating the equipment and tags used in your organisation. A course administrator within your organisation can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.