Lockout-tagout requirements re-emphasized by OSHA by ProQuest


Earlier this year, the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new directive on enforcement of its lockout-tagout (LOTO) standard (29CFR1910.147). According to OSHA, the purpose of the novelette-length directive is to instruct field personnel on the agency's interpretation of the LOTO standard and provide procedures to assure its uniform enforcement. The LOTO directive is broken down into these sub categories: (1) safety guidelines for OSHA compliance officers, (2) citation examples and guidance on affirmative defense, (3) compliance assistance flow charts, (4) additional guidance on the minor servicing exception and unexpected energizations, (5) additional guidance on alternatives to LOTO, (6) reference materials on hazardous energy control, and (7) addition of vehicle repair and maintenance standards and practices. If employers showed as much concern for the safety of their workers in hazardous energy situations as OSHA is doing with its inspectors, LOTO procedures could be the significant life saver they were meant to be.

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