31 January 2024 posted by Recovery Partners

 One of the key tools in maintaining a safe work environment is the use of Danger Tags. These black, white, and red tags serve as visual warnings, signalling that a piece of equipment or machinery is faulty, damaged, or malfunctioning and needs repair. Understanding the importance of Danger Tags and following proper procedures can significantly contribute to workplace safety.

When to Use Danger Tags: A Clear Protocol

Danger Tags are not arbitrary warnings; they are a crucial communication tool that ensures everyone on the premises is aware of potential hazards. According to safety protocols, Danger Tags must be attached to any item of plant, equipment, or process that is taken out of service due to a fault, damage, malfunction, or if it is deemed unsafe.

It is imperative to emphasize that any item tagged with a Danger Tag must not be used under any circumstances. This strict adherence to the protocol helps prevent accidents, injuries, and further damage to the equipment.

The Process: From Identification to Resolution

Visual inspections play a pivotal role in identifying potential faults. If during an inspection, a suspected fault is discovered, employees should promptly report it to a supervisor or manager. The supervisor or manager, upon confirmation of the issue, should immediately attach a Danger Tag to the equipment and remove it from operation. The tagged equipment should be placed in a designated area, clearly indicating that it is not safe for use.

If the equipment can’t be removed due to size or risks, the main power source needs to be locked out or isolated so the machine cannot be turned on.

Removal of Danger Tags: A Controlled Process

Once the initial reason for placing the Danger Tag no longer exists, the tag can be removed. This responsibility falls on the person who attached the tag, the manager or supervisor in charge of the operation, or the individual who performed the repairs. This structured approach ensures that equipment is only returned to service when it has been thoroughly inspected and deemed safe for operation.

In conclusion, the proper use of Danger Tags is a fundamental aspect of maintaining a safe work environment. Adhering to the outlined protocols and understanding the significance of these visual warnings can prevent accidents, injuries, and damage to equipment. 

You can download our FREE Testing and Tagging Table to ensure your workplace equipment or machinery has undergone testing and inspection, confirming its compliance with safety standards.

Where can I find more information on tag regulations?

Recovery Partners Safety Consultants are available nationwide with experience across all industries. We can guide you through this complex process, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of these regulations. 

For more information contact us by calling 1300 OHS RTW (647 789) or email enquiries@rrp.com.au

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/