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Lockout Tagout, aks LOTO or Lockout/Tagout, refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.Lock Out Tag Out Training

Essentially, Lockout Tagout is a safety procedure which is used in industry and research settings to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work.

Lockout Tagout rules apply to workers performing service or maintenance on machinery and equipment, and who may be exposed to injuries from the unexpected energization, startup of the machinery or equipment, or release of stored energy in the equipment. Organizations operating electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, or heavy-duty machines must comply with the OSHA lockout tagout standard, including the training, education, and follow up for employees who operate such machinery.

FYI: A lockout uses a lock to hold an energy isolation device in a safe position and prevents the energization of the machine or equipment. Tagout is when a tag is placed on a piece of equipment to indicate that the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.

The OSHA Lockout Tagout Standards

The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.147, addresses the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment.

The OSHA Lockout/Tagout standard requires the adoption and implementation of practices and procedures to shut down equipment, isolate it from its energy source(s), and prevent the release of potentially hazardous energy while maintenance and servicing activities are being performed.

The standard outlines measures for controlling hazardous energies:electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other energy sources. These provisions apply when employees are exposed to electrical hazards while working on, near, or with conductors or systems that use electric energy.

The lockout/tagout standard establishes the employer's responsibility to protect employees from hazardous energy sources on machines and equipment during service and maintenance. The standards establish requirements that employers must follow when employees are exposed to hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and machinery. LOTO standards state that employers and employees should:
  • Develop, implement, and enforce an energy control program
  • Use lockout devices for equipment that can be locked out. Tagout devices may be used in lieu of lockout devices only if the tagout program provides employee protection equivalent to that provided through a lockout program
  • Ensure that new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out
  • Develop, implement, and enforce an effective tagout program if machines or equipment are not capable of being locked out
  • Develop, document, implement, and enforce energy control procedures
  • Use only lockout/tagout devices authorized for the particular equipment or machinery and ensure that they are durable, standardized, and substantial
  • Ensure that lockout/tagout devices identify the individual users
  • Establish a policy that permits only the employee who applied a lockout/tagout device to remove it
  • Inspect energy control procedures at least annually
  • Provide effective training as mandated for all employees covered by the standard
  • Comply with the additional energy control provisions in OSHA standards when machines or equipment must be tested or repositioned, when outside contractors work at the site, in group lockout situations, and during shift or personnel changes
Employer Requirements For Lockout Tagout

Employees need to be trained to ensure that they know, understand, and follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures. The training must cover at least three areas:
  • Aspects of the employer's energy control program
  • Elements of the energy control procedure relevant to the employee's duties or assignment
  • The various requirements of the OSHA standards related to lockout/tagout
The standard does give each employer the flexibility to develop an energy control program suited to the needs of the particular workplace and the types of machines and equipment being maintained or serviced.


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