OSHA Regulation 1910.147 is the standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout). This is an important regulation that needs to be understood and followed. One component is the use of padlocks in your
lock-out/tagout program. As you know, there are many choices when it comes to padlock selection.
Top brands such as Master® and American Lock® offer various color choices, keying options, materials, shackle lengths and diameters to suit your needs. Here are the basic steps to selecting a padlock:
Step 1: Select a brand- Master®or AmericanLock® are the highest quality padlocks on the market.
Step 3:Know what you are locking out. The power sources and the hardware used determines the best shackle length and diameter you should choose.
Master-Keyed- each padlock is keyed differently and can be opened by a master key (sold separately) for supervisor control.
Keyed-Alike- all padlocks are keyed the same. The same key opens all padlocks.
Keyed-Alike by Color- all padlocks of the same color are keyed the same. Same key opens all padlocks of that color only.
Keyed-Alike Sets- padlocks within the same set are keyed-alike, but are keyed differently than other sets.
Master-Keyed Sets- padlocks are individually keyed with a master-key that opens any lock within that set.
Besides padlocks, Emedco has a large selection of other high quality lock-out and electrical products to keep you compliant. For example, Lock-Out Signs and Labels, Tags, Lock-Out Devices, Group Lock Boxes, Cabinets, Stations & Storage and Lock-Out Training.