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Under regulation 29 CFR 1910.147, OSHA requires employers to follow and enforce safety procedures when workers are involved in or around work on machines or equipment that may potentially start unexpectedly and injure nearby individuals. This regulation serves to eliminate these unexpected startups to prioritize worker safety.
Any procedure the employer conducts regarding a lockout/tagout program should be well documented for when workers are actively involved with machines or equipment where lockout/tagout is used. Your procedures should cover in detail the scope, purpose, rules, authorization, and techniques to be used, as well as your plan to enforce the procedures. When developing your procedures for lockout/tagout, you should include the following:
For more suggestions on how to implement energy control procedures, you can view the full text of regulation 29 CFR 1910.147 here.
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