When conducting a group lockout tagout, who is in charge?

When multiple employees or crews are working together on the same lockout tagout job, there should be one authorized employee responsible for implementing LOTO procedures. This individual is also responsible for all the other employees currently working the maintenance or repair job.

LOTO procedures always involve authorized personnel. In group lockout tagout procedures, some of these employees are supervisors and/or managers in group lockout procedures.

  • Supervisors distribute and ensure the proper use of lockout tagout devices and other protective equipment. They also ensure that only properly trained employees are participating in the procedure.
  • Managers are in charge of writing and updating the LOTO program and are also responsible for providing protective equipment. They are also the ones that identify the individuals or crews that can participate in particular lockout tagout procedures.

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