LOTO is a technique used to prevent energy from being released during the servicing of equipment. This is accomplished by placing locks and tags on energy isolation devices prior to starting work.
LOTO is completed to ensure that the person servicing the equipment as well as personnel whose job it is to operate the equipment remain safe.
Who are Authorized and Affected employees?
An Authorized employee is one who has completed a LOTO training course and whose job it is to conduct the servicing and/or maintaining of equipment.
An Affected employee is one whose job requires him/her to operate or use a machine or equipment on which servicing or maintenance is being performed, or whose job requires him/her to work in an area in which such servicing or maintenance is being performed.
Safe Work Practices
The Authorized employee is responsible for notifying affected employees that LOTO is occurring. Affected employees may not attempt to start the equipment.
Affected employees may not remove or tamper with locks or tags for any reason. Unauthorized removal of locks and tags and startup of the equipment could endanger your life and the lives of your coworkers.
Standard LOTO Equipment
Locks and tags used by authorized McNeese employees are standardized so that they are recognizable to all LOTO trained employees. Keep in mind that contractors may utilize other types of locks and tags, however the same rules apply, never attempt to start the equipment or tamper with the locks and tags for any reason.