6 tips to use lockout hasp locks

A lockout hasp is used when more than one employee is involved in a lockout:tagout operation. These employees work in a group on the same energy source. The hasps allow multiple padlocks to be used when isolating one energy source such as a piece of machinery or a power switch. The lockout hasp is placed through a latch on the machinery to be locked out and each person carrying out maintenance or service work attaches their padlock through one of the six openings within the lockout hasp. All of the padlocks are then locked.

      As the hasps must be able to pull at least 50 pounds, many come with a zinc plated steel jaw. Jaws are also made out of strong, spark resistant aluminum for use where required. This ensures each worker’s safety during the lockout operation as prescribed by OSHA.  Lockout Hasps can be purchased with a non-conductive, red vinyl handle coating. This also improves the grip and protects the equipment from scratching. There are also lockout hasps that are available with a highly visible, printed DANGER Do Not Operate so they can be used both as a tag and a lockout device in one central unit. They are also available in various colors making them ideal for group lockout situations. In addition, lockout hasps are available “dual-sided” so that they can lockout more than one piece of equipment at a time.

Long Reach Hasps And Short Reach Hasps. Often times it is difficult to get to the latch in order to use a lockout hasp. Specially designed Long Reach and Short Reach Hasps with thin 1/4” or 1/8” shackles are able to fit into these spaces thus making the hasp available for locking out more than one padlock. There are hasps that are available with shackles on both ends, if that is what is necessary to insure that the attached padlocks lock out the energy sources.

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