June 18, 2010, Newsletter Issue #223: Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)

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“Lockout/Tagout” (LOTO) might seem like a complicated phrase, but it simply refers to a way in which employees can be trained to decrease the chances of them suffering an injury or electrical shock.

The “Lockout/Tagout” method is an ideal way to have employees remember to turn off a machine or tool they are using, separate it from its power source, and either tag or lock the machine or tool until it has been determined all of the power has drained from it.

The LOTO method is of great importance in the manufacturing industry where another employee can move the machine or tool, and suffer injury if the machine or tool has not been locked into position, or prevented from turning on accidentally.

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