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Group Lockout Procedure

Companies have a duty to protect workers both while using equipment and machinery for their intended purpose and when repairing and maintaining that equipment. The primary way of fulfilling that duty is through what’s called ‘lockout,’ which is when a equipment has been turned off and rendered inoperable with the use of a lock. But sometimes so-called ‘group lockout’ is more appropriate than standard lockout given the circumstances.


Adapt this Model Group Lockout Procedure for your workplace. Make sure that it’s consistent with your general lockout policy and procedures and the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS law. And train all workers who use such machinery and equipment on the procedures.