Regulations 7 Preparation Prepare for shut down. Notify affected workers. Review procedures. Identify all energy sources. Ensure all isolating devices will accept lockout/tagout devices. Gather necessary tools, equipment. Identify any supporting equipment or systems that must also be shut down. Shut down Shut down equipment by normal methods. Use an orderly shut down to avoid additional hazards. Isolation Isolate or block all energy sources for the equipment. Lockout Affix devices, tags, and locks to each energy-isolating device in a safe or off configuration. De-energise Release, restrain, block, disconnect, or otherwise render residual or stored energy safe. Use energy drains whenever possible. If energy can re-accumulate during shut down, continually verify a safe energy level until lockout/tagout is removed. Verification Visually and physically verify energy isolation by operating controls or measuring the energy state. If the work site has been left unattended, repeat Step 6 and verify the integrity of locks and tags (against tampering) before continuing work. Completion Perform work. Why Lockout? In order to protect employees from harm it is important to identify energy sources and devise a lockout/tagout programme. Lockout safety is extremely important. Accidents happen every year because lockout has not been correctly enforced, and taking steps to make sure it is could save lives. Use lockout devices, padlocks and tags to isolate an energy source and prevent it from being re-energised until essential maintenance is carried out. Correctly applied lockout secures an energy source in place, and is difficult to activate unless the lockout device is removed. Remember, not correctly shutting down energy sources can cause accidents and, in some cases, death.  DON’T RISK IT Lockout these energy sources and prevent accidents: ] ] Electrical ] ] Hydraulic pressure ] ] Compressed air ] ] Gas and steam ] ] All types of fluids 7 Steps to Lockout / Tagout 1 2 3 4 5 6 7