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Written Equipment-Specific LOTO Procedures
June 23, 2020 - June 24, 2020
According to OSHA, employers must develop, document, and use specific procedures to control potentially hazardous energy when employees are servicing equipment or machinery. This requirement applies to all equipment, unless there is a single energy source and no potential for stored energy. The exceptions to the OSHA rule are rarely validated that the net result is almost every single energy isolation requires a specific written energy isolation plan.
-The procedures must outline the scope, purpose, authorization, rules and techniques that the employer will use to control hazardous energy
-The procedures must state the means to be used to enforce compliance.
At a minimum, the procedures must include:
-A specific statement of the intended use of the procedure [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(A)].
– Specific procedural steps for shutting down, isolating, blocking, and securing machines or equipment to control hazardous energy [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(B)].
-Specific procedural steps for the placement, removal, and transfer of lockout devices or tagout devices, and a description of who has responsibility for them [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(C)].
-Specific requirements for testing a machine or piece of equipment to determine and verify the effectiveness of lockout devices, tagout devices, and other energy control measures [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(D)].