Figure 6-1.Personal protective caution signs.
EQUIPMENT TAG-OUT PROCEDURES
Post DANGER tags, CAUTION tags, and
instrument OUT-OF-COMMISSION tags or OUT-OF
CALIBRATION labels following authorized procedures.
Those tags and labels will help ensure the safety of
personnel and prevent improper operation of equipment.
Do not remove or break posted safety tags without
Organization and Regulations of the U.S. Navy,
OPNAVINST 3120.32, contains basic guidelines and
standardized procedures for tag-out procedures. Basic
Military Requirements, NAVEDTRA 12018, discusses
the tag-out procedures in detail. In this chapter the
purpose of the tag-out bill, tag-out logs, record sheets,
and audits will be presented.
An equipment tag-out bill has three purposes. The
first purpose is to provide a procedure for personnel to
use to prevent the improper operation of a component,
piece of equipment, a system, or portion of a system that
is isolated or in an abnormal condition. The second
purpose is to provide a procedure for personnel to use in
operating an instrument that is unreliable or not in a
normal operating condition. This procedure is similar to
the tag-out procedure except that it requires the use of
labels instead of tags to indicate instrument status. The
last purpose is to provide separate procedures for
personnel to use when accomplishing certain planned
maintenance system (PMS) maintenance actions. These
procedures apply only to non-nuclear surface ships and
craft and non-nuclear, non-propulsion areas of nuclear
surface ships. PMS tag-out procedures are not
authorized aboard submarines, submarine tenders,
submarine rescue vessels, in propulsion areas of nuclear
surface ships, or within submarine support facilities.
All U.S. Navy ships and repair activities must use
standardized tag-out procedures.
Tag-out logs are used to control the entire tag-out
procedure. The number of tag-out logs required depends
on ship size. For example, a minesweeper may only
require one tag-out log for the whole ship,