OSHA 29 CFR §1910.147 defines "Lockout/Tagout" as: the "…specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energizing or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. This requires, in part, that a designated individual turns off and disconnects the machinery or equipment from its energy source(s) before performing service or maintenance and that the authorized employee(s) either lock or tag the energy-isolating device(s) to prevent the release of hazardous energy and take steps to verify that the energy has been isolated effectively".
Did you know that as recently as 2014 Lockout / Tagout was the 5th most cited accident category by OSHA; 90% of these citations were for not having a lockout procedure in place.* Full implementation of OSHA's Lockout / Tagout standard is estimated to prevent 122 fatalities, 18,300 lost-workday injuries, and 38,000 restricted-workday injuries annually due to accidents involving equipment maintenance or repair.
Source: * US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Safety Council: 2015
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