Press Release Summary:
To optimize lockout tagout procedures, KIRKÂ® Trapped Key Interlocks ensure energy isolation procedures cannot be circumvented. Key is removed from trapped key interlock and is with person leading lockout tagout procedure. Equipment cannot be re-energized until uniquely coded KIRKÂ® key has been re-entered into sequence after all workers are clear from completed task and out of harm’s way. To allow hazardous energy to dissipate prior to allowing access, time delay unit can be added into process.
Original Press Release:
Kirk Trapped Key Interlocks Enhance Lockout Tagout
Trapped key interlocks ensure energy isolation in LOTO procedures
North Canton, Ohio – Enhancing lockout tagout procedures with KIRK® trapped key interlocks ensures energy isolation procedures cannot be circumvented. Typical industrial equipment may contain hot fluids, blades, fans, pinch points, and moving parts hazardous to workers and other equipment. A written lockout tagout procedure is used to document the steps to isolate the hazardous energy source. KIRK® trapped key interlocks can aid in isolating the energy source and the lock and tag can be applied to the interlock.
This partnership between the trapped key interlock and lockout tagout mitigates the opportunity for personnel mistakenly removing the lock and tag, and re-energizing the equipment. The key is removed from the trapped key interlock and is with the person leading the lockout tagout procedure. The equipment cannot be re-energized until the uniquely coded KIRK® key has been re-entered into the sequence after all workers are clear from the completed task and out of harm’s way. To further enhance the safety of the procedure, a time delay unit can be added into the process to allow the hazardous energy to dissipate prior to allowing access.
To learn more about enhanced lockout tagout procedures with KIRK trapped key interlocks or Kirk’s complete trapped key interlock product line, go to www.kirkkey.com, email email@example.com, or call (800) 438-2442.
Based in North Canton, Ohio, USA, Kirk produces bolt, access, electro-mechanical, valve, cylinder, and transfer interlocks. Kirk manufactures more than 70,000 safety interlocking systems each year for use in a wide range of industries to guarantee a sequential pattern is followed when access is needed to hazardous equipment or areas. Kirk key interlock systems are designed and configured to each user’s requirements and revolve around a key or keys that an operator must use at each step in the sequence. Kirk – Work Safe for Life!
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