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    Q. Smith
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    Karlsson,

    You wrote: Can any one explain the American term “Safty lock out / tag out program”.

    The lock-out, tag-out program has to do with EH&S (environment, health and safety) programs and is more directly related to the safety. It involves locking and labeling (tagging) power sources that may injur someone working on a system. Power sources may be electrical, air, gravity, water, etc. powered. The purpose is to isolate the system so that maintenance may be performed without any worry of harm.

    It is typically not associated with a “quality” program, although there is no reason not to. You can look at your employees’ safety as the opportunity and any problems, injuries or missed training sessions as the defects.

    I hope that helps.

    Q. Smith

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    Joe Perito
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    All the information Q. Smith gave you is correct. At it’s simplist, anyone intending to work on a machine (or other equipment) that could harm you if it started without you knowing it, that person personnaly puts a lock on the main power source. In most companies, the only person that can remove the lock is the person who put the lock on. Very often, they make it a practice that no one but this person has a key to the lock. In other companies they may use a safety lock… the kind that can be broken off if need be. But the only person authorized to do so is the head of the Maintenance or Safety Departments. The tag explains why the lock is there. This is common practice throughout industry.

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    Karlsson
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    Can any one explain the American term “Safty lock out / tag out program”.

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