Application case: Colour-coded maintenance safety in the food industry with Lockout/Tagout
In order to service machinery safely at a large food processing facility, all machine energy sources need to be secured and de-energised
Clear visual indicators are also required in order to quickly identify which specialised team neutralised specific energy sources.
Food safety is of the utmost importance in the food industry. Contaminated food products can endanger the lives of customers and quickly destroy the reputation of processing plants and product brands. To avoid this, equipment in food industries needs to be maintained regularly.
Well-maintained equipment is one of the most important parameters to ensure food safety. Dull blades can slip and worn-out belts can snap and contaminate any food on the processing line and leave behind foreign particles that threaten the safety of large production volumes.
The scope of preventive maintenance includes equipment used for food handling, storage, processing, packaging, as well as any equipment not directly in the processing or packaging areas. These include air-handling units (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning), compressors, boilers, storage silos, temperature and humidity controls, and water-backflow preventers.
The variety of equipment in need of regular maintenance requires food companies to have various trained and specialised teams of employees, who are equipped with the proper tools to safely service machinery.
In order to service machinery safely at a large food processing facility, all machine energy sources need to be secured and de-energised. Clear visual indicators are needed to quickly identify which specialised team neutralised specific energy sources.
Brady proposes a complete Lockout/Tagout solution leading with unique and innovative SafeKey padlocks. SafeKey padlocks are available in nine colours with matching colour-coded keys.
All employees involved in maintenance are given a colour-coded lock or set of locks with a matching key, depending on their specialty or profession.
With more than 100 000 key and lock combinations, thanks to an innovative locking mechanism, Brady can ensure each SafeKey padlock and key are unique to increase Lockout/Tagout safety.
All locks and key codes supplied are charted over time at no additional charge. Large master and grand master keyed sets are available, so that team leaders can open any lock in areas serviced by their team. A safety manager can open any lock in the plant or company.
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