Who can perform lockout tagout?

Only authorized employees are allowed to lock out and tag out machines or equipment. But some conditions must be met before a person may be deemed an authorized employee. For one, employers must provide proper LOTO training so that qualified employees have the knowledge and skills needed to correctly and safely install, use, and remove lockout tagout devices.

Likewise, only the authorized employees who installed the devices have the authority to remove them. However, there may be times when a lockout tagout device must be removed and the employee who installed it is unavailable. In such cases, the employer must supervise another employee uninstalling the device.

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