How Automated Lockout/Tagout Procedures Protect Your Power Plant

Learn how automating your lockout/tagout procedures with Traka can help you be proactive about power plant safety.

Prevent Risk & Be Proactive About Power Plant Safety

Power plant safety has improved in recent years, but unfortunately fatal accidents still occur due to poorly managed site security. Being compliant with safety regulations is a massive concern for operators, and part of OSHA compliance is a formal lockout/tagout procedure for your power plant.

Lockout/Tagout procedures are designed to protect workers from hazardous environments, but a surprising number of energy facilities make this a manual process, prone to human error. Not only can that be inefficient, but in the worst scenarios, it can put worker safety and your organization at risk.

At Traka, we work with operators to create safer power plants by automating your lockout/tagout procedures through our key and equipment management solutions. Read on to learn how you can mitigate risk and be proactive about your site safety with Traka.

 

A Typical Manual Lockout/Tagout Procedure

Follow Instructions

A formal lockout/tagout procedure needs to be consistent, comprehensive and efficient. When done manually, it’s vital that an employee follows complete shutdown instructions. There are often multiple primary and secondary energy sources that are connected to a piece of equipment, and they all need to be disconnected; forgetting a single one could lead to dangerous consequences.

 

Notify All Affected Employees

It’s equally important to notify all affected employees about which equipment will be unavailable, and for how long. Sometimes this means employees need to reschedule their workday or rearrange their processes, so the more notice you give, the better. If an employee isn’t sufficiently alerted, they could take potentially hazardous actions during the lockout.

 

Finalize the Procedure & Audit Process

Once the job is complete and workers are out of harm’s way, the locks are removed and equipment can be safely brought back online. Finally, the whole process has to be thoroughly documented to provide the comprehensive audit trail needed for OSHA compliance.  

As you can see, this manual process requires extreme attention to detail and strict adherence to the process in order to be successful.

 

Traka’s Automated Lockout/Tagout Solution

Reduce Downtime & Increase Efficiency

With Traka, the lockout/tagout procedure is seamless. By using an automated layer of protection, you can guarantee that the correct machines and power sources shut down when lockout/tagout is activated. This keeps the process consistent and ensures no small detail will be forgotten.

This also has the benefit of significantly reducing downtime and saving your power plant valuable time and money.

 

Prevent Risk with User Authorization

Traka’s solution allows only authorized users to initiate, regulate and complete lockout/tagout procedures. You can manage personnel shift changes and long-term service projects seamlessly within our management system.

Integrating lockout/tagout process control with Traka’s key cabinets can keep lockout/tagout in effect until all appropriate keys are returned. This removes the possibility that someone could mistakenly turn on equipment during a lockout/tagout procedure. Nothing will go back online until all relevant keys and tools have been returned to the cabinet.

 

Ensure OSHA-Mandated Auditing

As a Traka solution, our software logs and audits every user’s interaction during your lockout/tagout procedure. This satisfies OSHA standards and keeps your employees accountable for their actions with full transparency over your operations.

 

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