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Understanding Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags on equipment

09/03/2019BY: Tracey Mesken

​Works sites are busy, hectic places.  Employees are constantly moving around undertaking their various roles and tasks.  The use of Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags helps to ensure the safety of all the employees on site at any given time.  So, what do these tags mean for you?

Danger Tags

A danger tag is designed for your personal protection.

Many of our employees roles involve the operation of heavy machinery and other types of dangerous equipment and because of this, danger tags are needed whenever there would be a possible risk.

Danger tags must be attached to the main isolating switch, valve, or similar of equipment whenever there would be danger posed to someone if that switch was turned on.

If during your course of duties, you come across a danger tag that prevents you from carrying out your duties, please stop work immediately and report your findings to your supervisor.

You must not under any circumstances remove the danger tag, tamper with the danger tag or attempt to operate the machine that the danger tag relates to.

Your supervisor will be responsible for conducting any on-site removal policies of the danger tag if deemed necessary.

Out of Service Tags

The Out of Service tags indicate a piece of machinery that is not to be used until the nominated component has been repaired.  Out of service tags do not replace or mean the same as danger tags.

When to Place an Out of Service Tag

  • If you come across equipment, machinery, power tools, etc that are faulty; or

  • If an item is inoperable or unsafe or if it’s continued use would cause further damage or create a hazard.

Always apply the tag in a prominent place for all other personnel to clearly see.  For example, a tag at the bottom of a ladder is not easily seen by someone who may proceed to climb that ladder.

Removal of an Out of Service Tag

Only the following personnel can remove this tag from a piece of equipment:

  • The person who completes the repairs or component replacement; or

  • The supervisor upon satisfaction that the equipment is now safe and operational.


This is general information only, please consult with your site supervisor for site specific safety procedures.

WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority.  To report an injury please call us on 1300 967 572