OSHA Lockout Tagout 29 CFR 1910.147 Explained

By R.W. Hurst, Editor

OSHA Lockout Tagout

OSHA Lockout Tagout (LOTO) standard, 29 CFR 1910.147, establishes requirements for the control of the release of hazardous energy sources during maintenance, repair, or servicing work on machinery or equipment. The standard protects workers from accidental startup, the release of stored energy, or other hazardous conditions that could cause serious injury or death.

OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under the OSHA energy lockout tagout 29 standard, employers are required to develop, implement, and enforce an energy control program that includes the following elements:

Written procedures: Employers must develop and implement written procedures for the control of hazardous energy during maintenance work that outline the steps for isolating, de-energizing, locking, and tagging out energy sources during maintenance or servicing work on machines or equipment.

Training: Employers must provide proper training to their workers on energy control procedures, including how to identify hazardous energy sources, how to properly use lockout/tagout devices, and how to verify that the equipment is safe to work on.

Equipment identification: Employers must identify all machinery and equipment that require lockout/tagout procedures and clearly mark the energy control points.

Lockout/tagout devices: Employers must provide lockout/tagout devices to workers and ensure they are properly installed and used according to established procedures.

Inspection and maintenance: Employers must establish procedures for inspecting and maintaining lockout/tagout devices and energy control systems to ensure they are in good working condition and ready for use.

Communication: Employers must establish OSHA standard procedures for communicating the status of equipment and energy control points to workers who may be affected by the maintenance or servicing work.

Failure to comply with the OSHA Lockout Tagout Standard can result in severe penalties, including fines and legal action. Employers are responsible for ensuring that their workers are protected from hazardous energy sources during maintenance or servicing work and that proper lockout tagout procedures are followed.

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