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Lockout/Tagout Training


What is Lockout/Tagout?

The term lockout/tagout (LOTO) refers to a safety procedure used to ensure dangerous machines and energy sources are properly shut off and not unexpectedly turned on during maintenance or servicing work.  

In practice, lockout is the isolation of energy from the system (a machine, equipment, or process) which physically locks the system in a safe mode.  The lockout mechanism can be any instrument that has the ability to secure the energy-isolating device in a safe position. Tagout is a labelling process that is always used when lockout is required.  The tagout of a system involves attaching or using an indicator, usually a standardized label, to indicate the reason for the lockout/tagout, the time of application, and the name of the person who attached the tag.

Why Do Workers Require Training?

When non-routine activities such as maintenance, repair, or set-up are performed, safety devices on equipment may be removed provided there are alternative methods in place to protect workers from the increased risk of injury from exposure to the unintended or inadvertent release of energy.  The main method used and recommended to protect workers from risk of harm in these cases is the use of a lockout/tag out program. 

The Occupational Health and Safety Act has established procedures for controlling hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.

This course will prepare you to properly follow lockout/tagout procedures and to be aware of potential hazards.

Course Description

This instructor led Lockout/Tagout training course is designed to inform you of the lockout/tagout procedures to ensure your safety and protection during repair and maintenance of equipment with an energy source. You will receive instructions in proper lockout/tagout procedures, the use of locks and tags, proper removal of lockout/tagout devices, and potential hazards involved in the lockout/tagout process. 

Course Outline

  • Introduction to provincial regulations
  • Overview of OHSA 623/05
  • Need for lockout/tagout
  • Nature and extent of potential energy hazards
  • Hazards associated with energy potentials
  • Proper lockout/tagout procedures
  • Use of locks and tags
  • Removal of lockout/tagout devices and restoration of energy



Successful completion of this course requires an 80% grade on a written exam (theory) and a "pass" rating on the practical portion. 

Upon successful completion a certificate of completion and a wallet card will be issued and will expire 2 years after the date of completion. 

Course Length

Full Day