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Go for zero with Lockout/Tagout

Lockout/Tagout can save lives during machine maintenance and interventions in production facilities. 15-20% of workplace accidents can be avoided with Lockout/Tagout which is why the procedure should be part of any ambitious go for zero programme that bans accidents from the workplace.

Machine specific isolation
In principle, Lockout/Tagout isolates machines from their energy supply during interventions, which prevents them from being reactivated prematurely.

To implement Lockout/Tagout in the workplace, machine specific procedures need to list the necessary steps to isolate every machine. Writing these specific procedures requires some expertise and a thorough knowledge of Lockout/Tagout principles. Brady Corporation supports companies in creating and writing safe machine specific procedures based on worldwide best practices.

Easily implement procedures
Machine-specific procedures need to be evaluated by several stakeholders, often spread out over various sites. Brady proposes the LINK360™ software to easily introduce, approve or edit, scale and communicate machine-specific procedures for Lockout/Tagout.

Once approved, LINK360 enables users to upload on-site pictures of the machinery and its energy isolation points. Once finished, the cloud-based software can print the machine-specific procedure for communication near its machine.

Tools & devices
To actively isolate a machine in line with the company-approved procedures, a number of lockout devices and padlocks are needed. For every energy isolation point, including handles, buttons, valves, levers and others, a Lockout/Tagout device exists that blocks them in the off-position. A padlock will lock the device itself in place so that machinery that is being serviced, cannot be re-energised accidentally.

With best practice machine-specific procedures, software to easily create and evaluate them, and the tools to isolate any machine from its energy sources, companies can avoid accidents during machine interventions and push a go for zero programme to the next level.

Brady Corporation in profile
Brady Corporation manufactures and supplies complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. Its products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, spill control and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has more than one million customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, mass transit, education, medical and a variety of other industries. In 1999 the company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange and today has global sales of approximately $1.26 billion.

For further information or  request the Lockout/Tagout guide book ´Safer machine interventions´e-mail: emea_request@bradycorp.com 
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