Lockout Padlock Colour Coding System
Colour coding of padlocks is a system used to indicate the condition of a facility or equipment. While some companies and facilities may have their own policy around padlock colour coding, many will follow the widely accepted method below. Lockout safety padlocks are available in the following colours:
- Red (Typically for most severe risk.)
- Yellow (Typically for the next most severe risk.)
The isolation padlock colour code is typically used to indicate the level of risk associated with the lockout device with RED being the most sever.
This is followed by Yellow for slightly less severe situations yet still brightly coloured. YELLOW padlocks are also widely used across many industries for their high visibility.
Blue and Green Isolation Padlocks, while not as popular are still common place in many applications in Australia.
Orange, Black & White padlocks are typically used for the least severe lockout scenarios are as per the company or facility policy.
Safety must be a top priority in all industries and facilities, and it’s important that all workers know the isolation padlock colour coding system so they make use of it to protect themselves while they are on an isolation project. This will eliminate some of the guesswork, allowing everyone to have a better grasp on what needs to be done safely.