Employees and contractors in the utilities industry can be exposed to a variety of energy sources not limited to but including electricity, gas, hydraulic pressure, compressed air, gas, steam and a wide variety of fluids.
To safely perform any necessary maintenance and or repairs you should have an effective lockout/tagout system in place that both employees and contractors are trained on.
Consideration also needs to be given to the lockout/tagout hardware that is used for 2 reasons:
- Utilities contractors/employees are often working in remote locations and thus will require their own lockout/tagout equipment
- Depending on the location of the work, the lockout/tagout hardware can be exposed to a variety of extreme conditions therefore the hardware must be robust enough to withstand these.