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Lockout & de-energization

Equipment that is not de-energized and locked out can unexpectedly start when maintenance work is being done, which can result in serious injuries.

De-energization is the removing of energy from machinery or equipment. Lockout is the use of lock(s) to render machinery or equipment inoperable or to isolate an energy source in accordance with a written procedure.

Maintenance is any work performed to keep machinery or equipment in a safe operating condition. This includes installing, repairing, cleaning, and lubricating the equipment, as well as clearing obstructions to the normal flow of material.

See our resources for information on lockout policy and procedures.

For information on the safe use of lockout, see the resources below.