Removing an Existing System

Removing a Lock-Out & Tag-Out System


This section provides a systematic procedure for removing a lock-out and/or tag-out system within your organization. 



Once the equipment has been repaired or maintenance work has been completed, and the machinery is operationally sound, the following procedure must be performed:


  1. Remove all tools, parts and chemicals from the affected area.
  2. Inform all affected employees that the locks and tags will be removed shortly.
  3. Conduct a head count to ensure that the equipment and affected area is clear of personnel.
  4. Remove all locks, tags and warning devices.  Remember, only you are authorized to remove your own lock, and that it is illegal to remove a lock belonging to another worker.
  5. All tags should be signed.  Tags and locks must be returned to the Safety Lock Control Board.
  6. Remember to sign your lock in on the register.
  7. Check to make sure that all machine guarding is securely in place.
  8. Follow all company procedures for restarting the equipment.  Remember to use a checklist in order to avoid accidents.  Always make sure that no one will be exposed to hazards during the start up procedure.
  9. Observe the start up procedure carefully to ensure that the equipment runs smoothly and that the work has been completed to the satisfaction of your company, and that the work complies with all company standards, as well as Federal, Provincial, State and Municipal regulations.

Notifying Employees

Once you have completed these steps, you may now notify all employees that the locks and tags have been removed and that the equipment is ready for use.  Remember; do not take short cuts when it comes to safety.  You are responsible for your safety, as well as the safety of your co-workers.  Always take the time to perform the correct lock-out procedure any time that it is required for servicing or maintaining equipment.  Although lock-out and Tag-out procedures may be tedious and may take time, your life depends on it!!!!!


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