Signage & Lockout

Lockout refers to a series of steps followed to isolate and/or deactivate machinery or power to make working with moving parts or electricity safe. Lockout is generally partnered with a tag, which allows the authorized employee to communicate the hazard with all their affected coworkers. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) may seem like an obvious precaution to take prior to working on hazardous equipment, but unfortunately, the number of fatalities due to accidental contact with dangerous parts is still on the rise!

Lockout has been legislated by the government in all provinces, and is required in the following situations:

  • Unsafe conditions
  • When contact with moving parts is unavoidable (during repair or cleaning)
  • Any other conditions as specified within the acts and regulations

When it comes to signage, there are two nationally accepted standards in Canada for facility identification:

  • ANSI Z535, and
  • CSA Z321-96.

So which standard should you follow? Most companies in Canada have existing guidelines for signage layout and any other safety related materials in their workplace. In the absence of any complete and definite policies, the recommendation is to choose a standard that best fits your specific needs. The aim is to have consistent and harmonious signage throughout your facility.

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