A lockout station or lockbox is a secure place for the storage of padlocks, lockout hasps, valves and tags. The stations can be made of durable plastic or metal and are often coloured yellow or bright red for easier identification. Lockout stations can be wall-mounted open stations, wall-mounted lockable enclosures or portable group boxes.
What does it do?
Lockout stations provide a central, easily accessible point to hold safety equipment for repair and maintenance engineers. The stations are found in any factory, mill or plant that has running machinery. Coloured padlocks, lockout hasps and valves are stored here.
When electrical panels, moving motors or heavy-duty machines are due for inspection they must be shut down before any essential repair work can be carried out. Equipment must be safely locked and padlocked out and tagged. This procedure ensures that equipment cannot accidentally be started up while being worked on. When safely secured work can commence. Engineers are responsible for their padlocks and hasps, Identification tags. Some of the most common applications are;
- Electrical switch panels
- Conveyor belts
- Milling machines
- Industrial saws
- Wall-mounted open stations
- Wall-mounted lockable stations
- Portable group boxes