Lockout Tagout training (LOTO)

Lockout Tagout training (LOTO) also known as Isolation of Plant and Equipment training as provided by a DRA Safety Consultant is in accordance with the national unit of competency RIISAM202E Isolate and access plant.

NOTE Completion of RIISAM202E is for workers who are new to the LOTO process requiring extensive training. This session is more for workers in industry who have been exposed to the LOTO process and require reinforcement or refreshing on the topic.

Lockout Tagout training (LOTO)

What is Lockout Tagout?

Lockout is defined as the “placement of a lock & tag on an energy-isolating device in accordance with an established procedure, indicating that the energy-isolating device is not to be operated until removal of the lock or tag in accordance with an established procedure”. In practice, lockout is the isolation of energy from the system (a machine, equipment, or process) which physically locks the system in a safe mode.

The Model Code of Practice for Plant section 4.5 defines the steps that should be followed when workers are required to perform tasks, for example maintenance, repair, installation and cleaning of plant. This, backed up with structured training will greatly assist in reducing exposure to unwanted energies when working on plant.

The energy-isolating device can be a manually operated disconnect switch, a circuit breaker, a line valve, or a block (Note: push buttons, selection switches and other circuit control switches are not considered energy-isolating devices). In most cases, these devices will have loops or tabs which can be locked to a stationary item in a safe position (de-energised position). The locking device (or lockout device) can be any device that can secure the energy-isolating device in a safe position.

Tagout is a labelling process that is always used when lockout is required.  The process of tagging out a system involves attaching or using an indicator (usually a standardised label) that includes the following information:

– Why the lockout tagout is required (repair, maintenance, etc.).

– Time of application of the lock/tag.

– The name of the authorised person who attached the tag and lock to the system.

Note: ONLY the authorised individual who placed the lock and tag onto the system is the one who is permitted to remove them.  This procedure helps make sure the system cannot be started up without the authorised individual’s knowledge.

What Does The Lockout Tagout focus on:

  • Importance of locking out plant and equipment.
  • Consequences of failing to lockout plant and equipment.
  • Basic lockout procedures.
    • Plan and prepare for isolating and accessing plant.
    • Isolate plant.
    • Complete permit-to-work form.
    • Return plant to service.
  • Correct location for lockouts.
  • Appropriate isolation and lockout devices.
  • Methods of lockout.
  • Importance of correct procedures.


What is the purpose of a Lockout Tagout program?

Having a well-structured lockout/tagout program supported by competent staff is designed to prevent:

  • Contact with a hazard while performing tasks that require the removal, by-passing, or deactivation of safeguarding devices.
  • The unintended release of hazardous energy (stored energy).
  • The unintended start-up or motion of machinery, equipment, or processes.

Lockout Tagout training

A DRA Safety Consultant can present a lockout, tagout (LOTO) training course for your staff. This presentation includes a industry proved step by step LOTO process. Alternatively discuss your business procedures as they relate to the LOTO process. (Prior approval must be obtained before this is presented to ensure that it meets or exceeds the industry approved process we deliver.)


This WHS training is completed in house at your location and can be amended to account for experienced or novice participants. For these bookings, please contact our offices for an obligation free quote.

*Travel costs may apply outside of the Gold Coast.

Course Inclusions

We supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training, with face-to-face training conducted by experienced Safety Consultants.

Each Trainee Must

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
  • Have the ability to read and write English.

Following are some posts with added information for this topic that may assist in you deciding on using a Lockout Tagout (LOTO) process to assist your business,


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