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Anyone who operates, cleans, services, adjusts, and repairs machinery or equipment should be aware of the hazards associated with that machinery. Any powered machinery or electrical equipment that can move in a way that may put people in danger is a hazard that can be prevented by following locking or tagging procedures.

Failure to lock out or tag power sources on equipment can result in electrocutions, amputations, and other serious-sometimes fatal-accidents. This Toolbox Talk topic discusses when lock out/tagout should be used and the steps for effective isolation.

This toolbox talk topic is suitable for all workplaces where workers undertake maintenance on plant and equipment and the lock out/tag out (LOTO) process is used.

Once the Toolbox Talk is completed and employees have been consulted, and had their views heard, records of discussions and actions should be recorded in the Toolbox Talk Record Form.

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