Enhancing your lockout tagout procedure with KIRK® trapped key interlocks ensures energy isolation procedures are followed in a predetermined sequence of events every time.


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 remove/isolate the energy source(s).  This written procedure includes; identifying the energy source(s), isolating the energy source(s), locking and tagging the energy source(s), and verification that the energy isolation has been effective.


KIRK® trapped key interlocks can aid in isolating the energy source(s).  This partnership between the trapped key interlock and lockout tagout prevents personnel from mistakenly removing the lock and tag, and re-energizing the equipment.


During the lockout tagout procedure, the KIRK® key is removed from the interlock, the lock and tag are applied directly to the interlock, and the key is with the personnel performing the lockout tagout procedure.  The equipment cannot be re-energized until the uniquely coded KIRK® key has been re-entered into the interlock following the proper sequence of events, after work is completed and all workers are clear from the hazardous energy.


Download our application data sheet on how lockout tagout procedures can be enhanced with KIRK® trapped key interlocks or contact us for more information.

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