FREE Safety Training Video : Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out Is Vitally Important By Panduit

By Chris Dodds on 19th April, 2016

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FREE Safety Training Video : Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out Is Vitally Important By Panduit

Panduit Lock Out Tag Out

Lock Out Hazards, Lock In Safety

T&D are delighted to host the following up-dated Guest Blog by Sarah Short, Former Social Media Manager at Panduit. 

The following article considers The Neccessity Of Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO), Arc Flash & Occupational Safety in the workplace. 

First things first - what is Lockout Tagout?

Introduction to Lockout Tagout

Many industrial accidents are caused by the unexpected energisation of electrical equipment or by the uncontrolled release of energy through a failure to implement correct Lockout Tagout. These accidents can be prevented by proper Lockout Tagout procedures. Safe working practices should be implemented in-house which are designed to prevent needless deaths and serious injuries to service and maintenance personnel by controlling unauthorised or accidental use of energy.

To perform service and maintenance work on industrial equipment safely, you must understand the importance of energy control and the current regulations - you must also know how to apply energy isolation and Lockout Tagout. 

Lock Out Tag Out

You may ask yourself why you need a safety services program in your organization? 

It’s expensive, I need additional staff, and we haven’t had an incident yet…YET is the key word!  It’s time to start being proactive instead of reactive!  In addition to the numerous industry-wide standards for hazardous energy, electrical safety and environmental standards, the safety of your workplace and personnel should be a top of mind concern. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) industry-wide standard CFR 29 1910.147 Lockout Tagoutcontrol of hazardous energy lockout/tagout program requires that each employer establish an Energy Control Program. According to OSHA, the Energy Control Program, or Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Program has three core components, energy control procedures, employee training, and periodic inspections.  Panduit offers efficient and economical safety solutions from products to services and training that meet OSHA requirements. You can even view their LOTO training video,“A Life is On The Line”, on their YouTube channel.

Panduit Hazardous Area Lock Out Tag Out


You may say, we lock and tag all of our equipment, we’re safe!  But have you evaluated the risk of arc flash in your facility? The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standard for electrical safety, 2012 NFPA 70E, requires employers to assess the workplace to determine safety related work practices by using both shock hazard analysis and arc flash analysis.

Panduit can help! Panduit Arc Flash Service starts with a comprehensive review of your environment.

Caution:  Graphic Photo Link : Lock-Out Tag-Out - Electrical Safety

Send an e-mail to to request your FREE copy. Please include within the e-mail your name, ship to address, company and your job title.

Data collected includes transformer data (e.g. KVA, voltages, and impedance), electric utility information, conductor sizes and length, and fuse/circuit over current protection information on all equipment per IEE 1584. This data is used to develop a computer model of your distribution system, including short circuit analysis, protective device coordination analysis, protective device interrupt rating analysis, and the arc flash hazard analysis, once the utility data is received.  Once all of the data is collected you will receive a report that explains the following in detail:

  • Dangerous and potentially disruptive arc flash hazards
  • Prohibited shock approach boundary procedures for components at each energy source location
  • Device coordination to ensure that the device closest to the fault opens in the least amount of time
  • Panduit’s remediation recommendations
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements

Panduit Lock Out Tag Out Electrical Safety

They can also assist you with correcting these issues and training employees on how to avoid these dangers in the future.

Balancing workers’ safety, productivity and equipment optimization requires a disciplined approach that starts with a strong safety infrastructure.  Panduit has created many tools, templates, and videos to help you establish a comprehensive safety program in your workplace. You can visit them at to learn more!


Locking Out - 7 StepsLOTO

Turn off machine at control panel

Lock the panel, store key safely

3 Shut off power at main power isolator 

4 Put padlock on main power isolator - one key, per lock. Switch power on

5 Tag the lock identifying date, time and person locking out

6 Release stored energy from system. Several types of energy may be left after power is turned off. The written lockout procedure should note a complete list of all secondary energy sources, e.g. hydraulic (fluid under pressure), pneumatic (air under pressure) or kinetic. The machine should now have no energy left in it

7 Try to start the machine to make sure that power is off - do not forget to press the stop button again. - 


Panduit lockout tagout ranges including lockout tags, lockout hasps, valve lockout, cable lockouts, circuit breaker lockouts, IEC lockouts, fuse lockouts, padlock and key cabinets and electrical safety equipment for low and high voltage protection and substations.

Pictured : Panduit Circuit Breaker Lockout Devices

Panduit Lockout



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  • Bundle - Cable Tie
  • Route & Protect - Cable Duct
  • Terminate - Cable Connectors
  • Identify - Cable Markers
  • Protect - Lock Out, Tag Out



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