New Master Lock Retractable Cable Lockout Devices!

The new S856 and S866 Lockout Devices offer retractable cable devices for lightweight, easy to use, secure safety lockout solutions. Below we’ll highlight some of our favorite new features!

The Cable – The retractable cable devices house a 9’ long cable that allows for a variety of applications. Choose a steel core cable or a nylon core cable for your correct application; cables are color coded for quick identification. After looping the cable, the body uses an internal ratcheting mechanism to allow for increased tension to be added once the control lever has been closed, insuring your application is secure. When the time comes, it is easy and affordable to replace your cable as well.

The Housing – The rugged ZenexTM Housing stores the cable neatly and allows for a more manageable lockout product, unlike those that do not internally store the cable. The housing helps to protect the integrity of the cable when not currently in use, as it’s ZenexTM Material with great . Each body has a recessed pocket for easy stacking/storage. One of our favorite features is the ergonomic cable reel that allows workers with gloves to easily remove and access the cable.

The Control Lever – The control lever must be open to access the release button to set the cable loose. With 4 10mm holes, these new products can be used for group or single lockout applications – whichever is required. The eyelets are perfect size to accommodate most Lock Out Tag Out padlocks. At The Lock People we really appreciate the flexibility of this item to become high security without requiring many additional parts and pieces.

Snap in Feature – Click the cable back into the body with the snap in feature; once activated the snap eliminates the ability to add more slack after the lever has been secured. The snap feature secures against tugging, shaking, or wiggling the cable out of position.  

Replacement Options – Cable replacement is available for both models, if your cable is worn or your application changes you can save time and money by switching the cables rather than repurchasing the full piece of equipment.

Extra Features – Each model comes with generic warning tags in English, Spanish, and French and alternate language labels are available for purchase.
Color coded stickers allow you to quickly identify which device to use, the S856 stickers are black and the S866 stickers are yellow.  

As always, our great customer service staff is ready to answer any questions you may have! Give us a call at 1(800)778-2217 or via email at


Aviation Safety Lockout for Aircraft

S2329 Aircraft Circut Breaker LockoutApplication

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) document 3900.19B – Occupational Safety and Health Program Chapter 13 Hazardous Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout) released in April 1999, the Scope identifies that:

This chapter applies to all FAA personnel. This includes, but is not limited to, employees involved in design, acquisition, installation, modification, alteration, and service work on machines, equipment, and systems. FAA contractors and subcontractors must comply with the requirements of this chapter. (1301.SCOPE.)

The Policy section further stipulates that, “All new equipment designed, ordered, and installed and any replacement or major repair, modification, alteration, or renovation to existing machines or equipment must be equipped with the capacity for lockout.” (1302.POLICY.) Additionally, September of 2011, the Western Service Area (WSA) of the FAA released the supplement WSA Sup 1 3900.19 Chp 13. Furthermore, the FAA will not provide Lockout or Tagout devices to contractors. So all authorized employees who fall under the Scope of 3900.19B must have Lockout/Tagout devices to meet compliance with the OSHA standards. Fortunately, Master Lock has taken their decades of OSHA Lockout/Tagout device experience and adapted it to the Aviation Industry.

The Aviation Safety Lockout offering of products under the Master Lock Safety Series™ includes:

S2329 Aircraft Circuit Breaker Lockout device (pictured above)

S2029 Aircraft Power Receptacle Lockout device (video below)

S4529 Aircraft Lockout Tag

All of the above Aviation Lockout/Tagout devices are included in the Aircraft Lockout Kits; with the option of the 406RED Thermoplastic dielectric shackle padlocks or 410RED Thermoplastic steel shackle padlocks, depending on your needs.

S1030E406 & S1030E410 are the Aircraft Lockout Kits which include:

  • 1456 zipper pouch
  • Twelve 406RED or 410RED Thermoplastic lockout padlocks
  • One S2029 power receptacle lockout device
  • Twelve S2329 circuit breaker lockout devices
  • Two bags of Six S4629 Danger tags

S1029E406 & S1029E410 are the Compact Aircraft Lockout Kits which include:

  • S1010 compact pouch
  • Six 406RED or 410RED Thermoplastic lockout padlocks
  • One S2029 power receptacle lockout device
  • Six S2329 circuit breaker lockout devices
  • One bag of Six S4629 Danger tags

More information on these Master Lock Safety Series™ products can be found in their FAA & OSHA Compliance Made Simple PDF or at in the Safety Lockout section.

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Lockout/Tagout FAQs Answered

497A Tag 410RED Safety Padlock Lockout Tagout LoTo

If you have read the OSHA standard on the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.147, then you are aware that it is a bit cumbersome and can leave you with questions. Fortunately, there is the publication booklet OSHA 3120. This handy resource has answers for just about all of the frequently asked questions that pertaining to Title 29 CFR Part 1910.147. As long as you are familiar with the OSHA Standards of Lockout/Tagout, the publication OSHA 3120 helps put the standards into context to help with understanding and documentation.

The OSHA 3120 publication starts with some basic background: What is “lockout/tagout”? Why do I need to be concerned about lockout/tagout? As the 8th most common cited violation by OSHA in the fiscal year 2013, from our last blog, it is important that all companies that have electrical machinery, and employees, be familiar with the standard.

In the publication, the section on OSHA Coverage answers the all important lockout/tagout question: How do I know is the OSHA Standard applies to me?

Other sections include Commonly Used Terms as well as contact information for OSHA Regional and Area Offices, OSHA Consultation Projects and OSHA-Approved Safety and Health Plans.

        OSHA Commonly Used Terms:

  • Lockout. The placement of a lockout device on an energy-isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, ensuring that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled cannot be operated until the lockout device is removed.
  • Lockout device. A device that uses a positive means such as a lock, either key or combination type, to hold an energy-isolating device in the safe position and prevent the energizing of a machine or equipment. Included are blank flanges and bolted slip blinds.
  • Tagout. The placement of a tagout device on an energy-isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.
  • Tagout device. A prominent warning device, such as a tag and a means of attachment, which can be securely fastened to an energy-isolating device in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed. (OSHA 3120, pg. 21)

We will close here with one of the most significant questions from the OSHA 3120 publication: What do I do if I cannot lock out the equipment?

Sometimes it is not possible to lock out the energy-isolating device associated with the machinery. In that case, you must securely fasten a tagout device as close as safely possible to the energy-isolating device in a position where it will be immediately obvious to anyone attempting to operate the device. (pg. 10)

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The control of hazardous energy (Lockout / Tagout) OSHA Standards

Lockout Tagout Lock Tag Safety Sign

At the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo, Kyle W. Morrison, senior associate editor for Safety+Health Magazine presented the Top 10 most frequent violations for Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) citations in the fiscal year 2013. Lockout / Tagout ranked at number 8 (Safety+Health releases Top 10 OSHA violations for FY2013).

On March 4, 1913, one of President Taft’s final actions on his last day in office was to sign a bill establishing the Department of Labor (DOL) as a Cabinet-level Department in the U.S. Federal Government. Previously the DOL had been known as the Bureau of Labor under the Department of the Interior.  In 1970 the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act, signed into Law by President Nixon, gave way to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration as an agency under the United States Department of Labor. “OSHA’s core mission is to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for every working man and woman in the Nation,” according to the OSHA Mission Statement.

In the Regulations (Standards – 29 CFR) for Occupation Safety and Health Standard, General Environmental Controls, standard 1910.174, title: The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) Appendix A, the DOL and OHSA have outlined all of the standards, procedures and documentation requirements necessary for employer compliance.  Additionally, there is also standard number 1910.174 App A, title: Typical minimal lockout procedures, where a, “simple lockout procedure is provided to assist employers in developing their procedures so they meet the requirements of this standard.” (OSHA, Typical minimal lockout procedures – 1910.147 App. A, General)

Over the coming weeks we will be discussing the control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)  with an in-depth look at lockout and tagout devices available from American Lock® and the Master Lock® Safety Series™. It is our hope that with a stronger understanding of the lockout / tagout regulations and standards by employers, authorized employees and affected employees unnecessary workplace accidents and OSHA violations will be avoided.

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