Who can remove a lockout tagout padlock?

Lockout tagout locks can only be removed by the authorized employees who applied them. Additionally, these employees must undergo the proper process of removing the locks and tags that they applied.

However, there may be situations in which the authorized employee is not available to remove the locks they applied. If the machine needs to be energized and used, the company or employer should have protocols that can allow other employees to remove locks that they did not apply.

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