Solution: A scalable and adaptable Lockout/Tagout implementation
Together with a specialised distributor, Brady offered its expert safety procedure writing service, LINK360 safety procedure
software and the devices and padlocks to implement Lockout/Tagout in the workplace.
First, experts from the specialised distributor partner and Brady Corporation visited
the Ontex site in Buggenhout, Belgium to write efficient, best practice and machine
specific lockout procedures. These procedures enable a systematic machine
isolation from all its energy sources during maintenance interventions to increase
safety and prevent workplace accidents.
About 350 procedures were offered to Ontex stakeholders via the LINK360
software that allows for easy approval, copying, editing, communicating and scaling
machine specific safety procedures. Brady customised the LINK360 look & feel to
Ontex specifications, introduced colour coding and specific language selections.
Procedure steps were also illustrated in the software with pictures taken at Ontex
Buggenhout so employees can quickly recognise, find and lock out relevant energy
control points per machine.
Based on customer-approved lockout procedures, the distributor and Brady
established a comprehensive lock & key-plan to fit specific Ontex requirements.
This included carefully laid out key hierarchies with master and grandmaster keys
at several management levels for the various types of suggested locks. Ontex
electricians for example, were offered a nylon shackle padlock to help protect
against electroshocks, while other roles favoured steel shackle padlocks. Every
specialist can open and remove their personal locks when their work is done. Team
leaders can open any lock assigned to their team, and the site safety manager can
open any lock if necessary after following a dedicated procedure.
With distributor partner support, Brady also provided the actual lockout devices and
SafeKey padlocks to implement the lockout-procedures in the Ontex workplace.
SafeKey padlocks offer the largest amount of key & lock combinations in the market
and enable a future-proof Lockout/Tagout approach with largest sets of locks in
multiple master-key layers. Every SafeKey lock was customised with a serial number
engraving and they were delivered in lock boxes per set of 10.