Lockout / Tagout Program

Lock out Tag out LOTO labelLockout / Tagout or " LOTO "refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. This requires that a designated individual turns off and disconnects the machinery or equipment from its energy source(s) before performing service or maintenance and that the authorized employee(s) either lock or tag the energy-isolating device(s) to prevent the release of hazardous energy and take steps to verify that the energy has been isolated effectively.

Approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation. In a study conducted by the United Auto Workers (UAW), 20% of the fatalities (83 of 414) that occurred among their members between 1973 and 1995 were attributed to inadequate hazardous energy control procedures specifically, lockout/tagout procedures.

OSHA CFR 29 1910.147 provides regulations on LOTO and 25 states have their own approved LOTO programs.

The Martin Technical LOTO program is designed to help prevent injuries and accidents with associated with equipment that should be locked-out / tagged-out and help companies meet OSHA and their state regulations for LOTO.

objectives of lockout / tagout ( loto )program

    1. Identify Equipment that is subject to LOTO
    2. Develop written LOTO procedures for each specific piece of equipment
    3. Attach LOTO procedures on all required equipment
    4. Inform management and workers of the results
    5. Provide LOTO training to those that need it

scope of work

Lockout / Tagout procedures to be developed includes the isolation of any prime movers, machinery and equipment from mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, electrical, thermal or other energy sources. Lockout / Tagout procedures are to be developed in compliance with OSHA CFR 29 1910.147 and with any state OSHA regulations.



Martin Technical’s Rapid LOTO Process™ is a proprietary system developed by Martin Technical that allows faster and more accurate turnaround time on developing Lockout / Tagout procedures and placards.  We utilize our own software program with hand-held tablets, and a rapid response in-field process to identify and mark equipment that is not previously marked.  Through our software program, we can develop placards in just a few hours for you to review, keeping the information at hand relevant and fresh.  Application of the placards can often be done the next day.

Principles of the Rapid LOTO Process™

  1. Utilizing technology in the field for fast and accurate data collection.
  2. Resolve problems and gaps on the spot.
  3. Review content that is relevant, fresh, and in small batches.
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           In-Field Labeling Solutions                  Custom Software on Tablet                High Quality Placards

In Field Labeling Solutions

Many times equipment, disconnects or valves required as part of the lockout / tagout process don’t have an ID number and / or a label that identifies them.  Not having IDs or labels can make for vague lockout / tagout procedures, which is why Martin Technical uses their own rapid response in-field process to assign and label equipment required for the lockout/ tagout process, including:
  1. Development & Approval of Equipment ID Scheme
  2. Mobile label printer
  3. Color-Coordinated Valve and Handle Tags

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Software & Tablet Application

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We have developed our own software program that can be run on a tablet in the field for data collection, which greatly increases both the accuracy of the data, and the turn-around time for generating the placards.

High Visibility Placards
Our High Visibility Placards include our own custom artwork and can be customized / arranged to include the data most important for you.

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Customer Review Process
The fast development time of the placards through our in-field software and tablet program allows Martin Technical to present completed placards to our customers for review in a day or less.

  1. Small batch reviews are easier and faster for customers.
  2. Corrections can be done and confirmed while on site.
  3. Fast review allows printing and application the next day, saving on trips to your site.
  4. Less disruption time at your facility.

Lockout Tagout (LOTO) Work Process


The first phase of any Lockout / Tagout program is to identify all equipment subject to LOTO regulations and the energy sources that feed the equipment. Phase I is the labor intensive phase of the LOTO program, typically taking at least half of the total effort required to complete the program.

Equipment is surveyed on-site by a Martin Technical lockout / tagout field engineer experienced and knowledgeable of LOTO processes as well as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and thermal equipment. The field engineer will:

  • Identify and document each piece of equipment requiring Lockout / Tagout procedures
• Take photographs of the equipment
• Identify and document all power sources and isolation points feeding the equipment
• Take photographs of the feed equipment and isolation points as needed.
• Identify and document proper process for turning off / disconnecting power sources to the equipment.

Generally all survey can be collected without disturbing any facility operations.

In Field Labeling

Many times equipment, disconnects or valves required as part of the lockout / tagout process don’t have an ID number and / or a label that identifies them.  Not having IDs or labels can make for vague lockout / tagout procedures, which is why Martin Technical uses their own rapid response in-field process to assign and label equipment required for the lockout/ tagout process, including:

  • - Development & Approval of Equipment ID Scheme
  • - Mobile label printer
  • - Color Coordinated Valve and Handle Tags


Using the information from the survey in Phase I, Lockout / Tagout procedures are developed of each piece of equipment in accordance with OSHA CFR 29 1910.147 and applicable state regulations.

The procedures for each piece of equipment shall clearly and specifically outline the scope, purpose, authorization, rules, and techniques to be utilized for the control of hazardous energy, and the means to enforce compliance.

The procedures are written and implemented into one of the following programs that can be modified by the customer:

  • Word document with Martin Technical Lockout / Tagout template
• Lockout / Tagout software programs as determined by the customer.

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After the completion of Phase II, the Lockout / Tagout procedures will be sent to the customer for review and sign-off before completing and printing the procedures.

When using our Rapid Development Process, customers are asked to review the LOTO placards as they are completed each day, allowing for printing and posting of the placard the next day.


After the Lockout / Tagout procedures have been reviewed and approved by the customer, they will be printed using one or more different types of labels or media.


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After the Lockout / Tagout procedures have been implemented, your Martin Technical field engineer will provide Lockout / Tagout training for those who need it and will consult with management on any of the Lockout / Tagout program requirements.

lockout / tagout DELIVERABLES

The following are the deliverables upon completion of the Lockout / Tagout program:

  • • Laminated LOTO placards.
    • • Application of LOTO placards to equipment.
    • • 3 Ring Binder with copy of all placards.
    • • CD with a copy of all placards (modifiable) or library files for LOTO software.
    • • General LOTO Training and Consulting as needed.
    • • General LOTO Written Policy as needed.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation on How We Can Help You with Your Lockout / Tagout ( LOTO ) Needs.