A real reminder of the importance of using lockout equipment! Lucky no-one was seriously hurt!
Source: Electrical Licensing Committee disciplinary outcomes
Disciplinary action can be taken against electrical licence holders who perform unsafe, negligent or incompetent electrical work. Action includes licence cancellation or suspension, fines, or orders for faulty work to be corrected. On 1st August 2017, the Electrical Licensing Committee held a disciplinary hearings against this licence holder:-
An electrical contractor was fined $500 for leaving an unfinished electrical installation in an unsafe state with insulation tape over energised light switches and circuit breakers supplying un-terminated cables. The homeowners were living at the property while the renovation was taking place and several people received an electric shock, including a small child.
The contractor's licence was suspended for six months until an independent audit demonstrates adequate electrical safe systems of work in place to ensure compliance with all relevant acts and regulations. The electrician also had his QTP status suspended for six months (but deferred for three) until completion of two competency units at a registered training organisation.
A reminder of the importance of using lockouts!
Cirlock Pty Ltd wishes to apologise for an error in an advertisement that appeared in the March 2017 Edition of Australian Mining Monthly featuring our SLP-450 series of padlocks.
It has come to our attention that the advert incorrectly included the Australian Made logo and the statement, "Designed by Cirlock - Manufactured Locally", which may have given the impression that the SLP-450 series padlocks are Made in Australia.
We wish to confirm that although a number of our products are Australian Made, the Cirlock Lockout Padlocks, including the SLP-450 series, are not made in Australia. We sincerely apologise for this unintentional error.
Any customer who has purchased an SLP-450 series padlock under the assumption that the padlocks are made in Australia may contact Cirlock for a full refund.
Cirlock Pty Ltd / 07 5445 2910 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.cirlock.com.au
Features: Specially made for lockouts where a shorter shackle is required
Benefits: Plastic and stainless steel
The shorter shackle is here!
The SLP-438 Series of Safety Lockout Padlocks from Cirlock are made from a nylon plastic housing with solid brass keying mechanism and stainless steel shackle. The shackle is 5 mm diameter and 38 mm long. Whilst the Australian standard size in lockout padlocks is a 50mm shackle, we were often getting requests from customers for locks with a shorter shackle. We are pleased to now be able to supply these to our customers, with the shorter 38mm shackle locks now available to accompany our popular range of 50mm locks.
The locks are available in five different colours, and can be keyed different, keyed alike and/or master keyed. The Cirlock unique 6 pin cylinder also ensures a very large number of combinations. Danger Do Not Remove and ‘belongs to’ labels are standard on locks, and/or they can be supplied with Out of Service, company logo, personal names or photo ID or other, as required.
All Cirlock padlocks, including SLP-438 series, are exclusively made for Cirlock, Australia’s original lockout manufacturer. Available through local electrical and other wholesalers.
P O Box 39, Buderim Qld 4556
Ph 07 5445 2910
Cirlock are proud sponsors of the Under19 Australian Indigenous School Girls Netball Team.
To become part of this team in no mean feat. Girls from all over Australia were required to attend trials at a carnival in January. From the carnival the final U19 netball team is selected.
This year the girls have travelled all over Australia to play netball. Recently they were also lucky enough to get the experience of travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they played for 1 week during May. This was a tournament that showed the great strength and determination of these girls and their results were outstanding.
Out of eight teams in the Malaysian competition, the Under 19 Australian Indigenous Schools Girls Netball Team came in an amazing 4th place! Well done girls we are extremely proud of you.
Cirlock form part of the sponsorship of the team and this year we sponsored their travel shirts, which you can see them wearing in this photograph.
The Cirlock System of Lockouts for Electrical Switchboards have been manufactured in Australia for over 20 years, and is widely used by small and large companies across all states and territories. Its main feature of being permanently attached to the escutcheon plate of the switchboard, ensures that it is easy to use, and that it will normally only lock the circuit breakers in the OFF position. Each circuit breakers can be locked individually, with a Lockout Arm installed for each breaker.
A number of Lockout Arms for this system has always been available for various shapes and types of circuit breakers. Over time, as manufacturers and suppliers of breakers produce different shapes of c/b housing, Cirlock continue to research and develop new parts for their systems, as needed. This is part of their commitment always to be on the forefront of and a leader in the lockout / tagout industry in Australia.
With Schneider’s new Acti9 c/b series on the market, together with the CBI c/b series – two different brands and shapes miniature c/b – Cirlock have developed and are manufacturing two new Lockout Arms, which have been added to their range, and is now available with short notice:
Prices for the arms are same as for existing types.
For more info contact email@example.com of phone 07-54452910
Group lock boxes
One person, one lock is one of the most important safety standards to adhere to when there are multiple people working on one site.
If more than one person is working on the same plant, each person should have their own lock which they attach to an isolation device to prevent the isolator being opened before all locks have been removed or opened. The isolation procedure should identify common lock out points to ensure energy cannot be restored while someone is still working on the plant.
To avoid the need for multiple locks on each lockout point, a group lock box will often be used. Using a group lockout box allows you to dramatically reduce the amount of locks required on a job. Under this system each lockout point is locked by only one lock and the keys to the locks of the plant's lockout points are placed inside a box, which is locked by all the individual locks of people working on the same plant. Now with 9 group lock boxes in the range Cirlock are sure to have your group lock box requirements covered.
A great way to differentiate between locks that belong to various team members working on the job, is to colour code the locks.
Cirlock have a whole range of coloured lock options which can make this system very efficient. Take a look at the Cirlock Economical Brass Lockout Padlock Coloured system http://www.cirlock.com.au/products-and-shopping/lockout-padlocks/economical-brass-lockout-padlock-coloured-detail
There are 8 different colours to choose from (black/blue/green/orange/purple/red/yellow/white) and also included are danger/warning labels. These coloured locks can also be supplied with Company Logo and Names.
But don’t stop at the standard colours – why not add pink to your colour system, and support a great cause in the meantime.
Real Men Wear Pink
The Cirlock Real Men Wear Pink campaign is an initiative we are proud to be running within our business.
After years of associating the colour pink with breast cancer and women, the concept aims to challenge men to embrace the feminine shade and ruffle the masculine image of a rugged, tough, brawny man’s man. Men are often overlooked when it comes to Breast Cancer but they are a vital part of the experience be it as a partner, father, brother, friend, colleague or patient.
Real Men Wear Pink is a fundraising initiative of the National Breast Cancer Foundation which aims to challenge men and the community to fundraise for a great cause and pink up in recognition of the women in their lives. At Cirlock we are excited to be supporting the Breast Cancer Foundations 'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign in 2015 and we have released 2 limited edition products; the UCL-1 Universal Lockout for MCB's and the SLP-150 series padlock.
Purchase any of Cirlock’s pink products and help us to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation achieve their goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030!
At the AOG Conference in March we held a lucky draw prize for a boxed bottle of Jack Daniels.
We are happy to announce that the lucky winner of this prize was Natasha Risman from Fircroft - so well done Natasha, hope it went down smoothly and Thanks for Visiting our Trade Show Stand.
As you know we are proudly supporting the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign run by The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
We decided to launch our new UCL1 Pink Padlock kits to our local neighbours and put on a few snags and drinks to celebrate.
We raised $80.00 for the Foundation (we were rained off by Cyclone Marcia that day)
It is with great Pleasure that we announce that Cirlock have become part of the Australian Made Group, which means that you will now see the Australian Made logo on a number of our products.
We are proud to be a strong Manufacturer in the Australian Market and advocate the act of buying Australian to keep our economy strong. Thank You for choosing Cirlock and choosing Australia as your source of your safety supplies.
Lend Lease Case Study
Project: Sunshine Coast Hospital
Scope of works: To supply the new hospital with our Cirlock System Lockout Devices
The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project is a State Government initiative to address the growing health service needs of the Sunshine Coast community. The hospital will open with approximately 450 beds in 2016 with the remaining capacity expected to be commissioned by 2020/21 which will see all 738 beds utilised. The hospital has been planned to allow further expansion up to a total of 900 beds.
The new tertiary facility is being delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with Exemplar Health, a consortium comprising Lend Lease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services. This consortium will design, build and finance the public hospital as well as maintain it for 25 years.
Cirlock were contacted by Lend Lease to provide their Cirlock System of Permanently Mounted Lockout Devices for Distribution Boards. . This involved the purchase of a number of key items for use on the hospital project, for example their 2 x 12 pole Schneider NS250 board with 35mm pole width required the MAM-12 Mounting Set plus 6 x Lockout Arms to suit.
Andrew Hudson, LV Design Manager, Power, at Lend Lease says they chose Cirlock for the job as they consider the Cirlock products a level of quality that should be standard on all projects. They simply would not settle for anything less. “Safety is paramount in any of the construction jobs we work on”, says Andrew, “and using Cirlock locks gives us confidence that we have the added level of safety we require. Cirlock lock out devices are used on all Low Voltage Distribution Board Circuit Breakers to ensure safety for site electricians. Electricians lock out the Circuit Breaker fitted with Cirlock with personal padlock and danger tag, this with other safety procedures help to ensure their safety with the circuit they are working on”.
Andrew continued to say, “The service you get from Cirlock is always prompt and professional, that’s how they do business and that goes a long way in this industry. Deadlines are crucial to the smooth running of all projects, particularly a project like the Sunshine Coast Hospital, so getting the parts we needed delivered to spec and on time is a major factor in the success of what we do”.
Lend Lease did not experience any problems with their contact and purchase from Cirlock and described their opinion of the Cirlock products as simply, “Quality”. Lend Lease said they would definitely use Cirlock again on any of their projects and have already recommended the Cirlock service products to other industry contacts.
Australian manufacturer and safety experts Cirlock have been using lean manufacturing processes for a number of years to improve their output, Erik Larsen, founder and owner says “its helped us to achieve great things at Cirlock, we waste next to nothing and our team have a streamlined process that gets the product out faster and cheaper than ever before.”
There are a number of principles in Lean Manufacturing to take into consideration; we practice a number at Cirlock, but we have developed a new product based on one of our favourites.
The 5S’s principle:
Sort – sort out all the things you do, then assess if you actually need to do them, Red Tag and deal with the ones you don’t need to do and permanently remove them from the process. This will save you TIME
Set in Order – Set up your work area so it is tidy and easy to work in.
Standardise – Set up simple, best practice processes that your team can attain and keep them the same consistently.
Shine – make sure your area is tidy throughout the actual task, and keep it that way
Sustain – maintain your new systems and level of tidiness in the workplace.
The 5S system originated in Japan, and the 5 S’s are Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain.
Our 5S station comes complete with a clipboard for you to attach a checklist to (to ensure that the work area has been tidied frequently), 2 tag holders and 25 tags to start you off de-cluttering your work area. We also have a smaller version available which simply holds more Red Tags.
Its simple to be organised, and there are a number of systems and principles you can teach your team to ensure that your workplace is systemized and organised and that you are using the most streamlined processes for the job in hand. For more information on our 5S Station go to http://www.cirlock.com.au/products-and-shopping/safety-tags-and-tag-holders
We saw an opportunity that would help a variety of industries to employ the 5S principle into their workplace, and so we developed an uncomplicated system that allows users to identify and check that the 5S principles are being used.
KEEPING YOU SAFER
We are excited to announce that we are supporting the Breast Cancer Foundations 'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign in 2015 and we have released 2 limited edition products; the UCL-1 Universal Lockout for MCB's and the SLP-150 series padlock.
Get behind this great cause - purchase yours today! CLICK HERE
LOOK AT THESE NEW PRODUCTS ADDED:
Economical COREFLUTE Safety Signs
As per Australian Standards, a permanent label suitable for marking Solar Conduit.
Includes 5mm mounting holes for mounting with cable ties. Laser engraved on UV stable material.
Sold in packs of 10 - Size 70 x 30mm
Part code: 420030-10p
Contact Nicole with your postal address for your free copy (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cirlock are pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Fietz as Sales Manager.
Nicole has a strong background in sales, and has been a highly valued member of
the Cirlock sales team for 2 years.
We congratulate Nicole on her appointment.
Nicole Fietz - Sales Manager
Keep your work place well informed by ordering our NEW Safety Posters.
Printed on a durable Poly Material that will withstand Grease and water.
They come in an A4 size and 450 x 600mm size.
Below are just two of our many Posters that you can find under Safety Poster tab in the
Be ready for new national legislation and keep workers safe with our NEW Energy Source Labelling System.
This year the focus will be even more on the employer to provide a safe work environment.
Energy sources to equipment and machinery must be identified and be Lockout Out during
service and repairs.
Download the full flyer HERE
The Allsorts Ladies Netball team proudly wore their uniforms sponsored by CIRLOCK during the 7
fun filled days of Netball at Southport on the Gold Coast. They lived up to the slogan of the event
'Live it - Love it - Play it' and were frequent visitors at the games village in their wigs and
Cirlock now offers Laser Engraving for your SLP-450 and SLP-150 Safety Lockout Padlocks!
A durable way to identify your locks - have them engraved with your Name and Number.
Also available are Laser Engraved Safety Labels. As per the industry standard (in some states),
all Solar Installations must be labelled with Engraved Signs. Contact us for all your signage needs.
10th Safety In Action Trade Show!
Safety In Action & Melbourne Materials Handling 2010 marked Cirlock's 10th Safety and Materials
Handling Trade Show with Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd.
Sam Palermo (Exhibition Manager) presenting Tove Larsen (Financial Controller)
with plaque at the Expo.
Australia - Denmark - New Zealand - Singapore - South America - Thailand -
and the United Kingdom!
See Where To Buy for more information.
50 Chin Swee Road #09-04 Thong Chai Building
Ph (65) 9633-3221 (65) 9633-3221
Fax: (65) 6372 9492
We have now introduced a new Universal Lockout Device for Miniature Circuit Breakers - the UCL-3.
This Universal Lockout Device for MCB's has a CUP SCREW, making it ideal for Circuit Breakers with
delicate toggles. Bright Safety Orange for easy identification.