Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Clarification of OSHA Requirement to Conduct Periodic Inspections of the Lockout Tagout Procedure

One side benefit of conducting numerous OSHA training classes and mock-OSHA inspections every year is that I get an opportunity to pick up on trends where employers and employees seem to be struggling to comply with certain OSHA standards. So in this month’s post, I want to discuss one specific part of OSHA’s standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (also known as the Lockout/Tagout standard) where, more times than not, the requirements of the standard are not being met.
The specific section of the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard I am referring to in this post is paragraph 1910.147(c)(6)(i), which requires employers to “conduct a periodic inspection of .  .  . 
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