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Hospitality Focus on Safety: Lock out/Tag Out


Lock out/Tag out is the OSHA-created method for Control of Hazardous Energy. It is a procedure that is necessary to disable machinery or equipment in order to prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform maintenance activities. It requires that hazardous power sources be “isolated and rendered inoperative” before any repair procedure is started. The “Lock out” is the practice of locking the device or the power source with the hasp, and placing it in such a position that no hazardous power sources can be turned on. The “Tag out” is the practice of attaching a tag to the locked device indicating the person servicing the equipment and that the equipment should not be turned on.

Lock out/Tag out Rule::

Only the person who placed the lock out/tag out on the machine or circuit breaker is allowed to remove the lock out/tag out.

Hazardous Energy:

Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment that can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees. 

Potential Exposures:


In the event of an injury due to exposure to hazardous energy:

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June McCreight

June McCreight began her career in the hospitality industry as a housekeeper in 1996. In the years since, she has risen through the ranks, learning maintenance, front office, sales and revenue management, property management and district management, bench management and opening team management. She has trained hundreds of hoteliers and won many awards for her management successes. In 2011, June wrote and published, The Strangers in My Beds, a fictional novel based strictly on the strange events of her career in hotels. In 2014, June partnered with her father, a very accomplished software architect, and opened the business, Coba Enterprise Management, LLC with a very unique and specialized CMMS (Computer Maintenance Management System) software for hotels.

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