Lockout/Tagout training is an important requirement and good general safety practice in many industries. As a manager it’s a bit of a challenge to find education on the subject that’s best suited for your particular situation. Price, depth of learning, industry, and accessibility are all slightly different in each course.
We don’t sell or provide training, but who does is often a question we get. So, we set out to find the best OSHA 1910.147 lockout tagout training programs that were generally accessible to everyone regardless of your geographical location. We reviewed countless options and compiled our own subjective and objective opinions on each of the top 10 that made the final cut. All the systems listed are comprehensive quality options. Any criticisms are outweighed by their positive characteristics, otherwise the course wouldn’t have made the list. We feel this is the best summary and overview we can provide with the information at our disposal, but will continue to make any updates as things evolve.
It is important to remember that the online Lockout/Tagout course is only one part of the required workplace training, and further on-the-job training provided by the employer is required in addition to a course certificate in many instances.
Sorted from least to most expensive.
The Department of Labor Lockout/Tagout course covers all information that pertains to regulations and provides a full bodied internet based delivery. The references to legislation for each training point is particularly helpful if you are taking training in order to write a Lockout/Tagout safety policy and program or an inspection schedule and list.
The delivery of this course would be most beneficial for supervisors and higher level corporate employees who would not be directly completing Lockout/Tagout procedures.
Starting at $14.95
The National Safety Council provides multiple levels of Lockout/Tagout training to suit the needs of employers. Lockout/Tagout awareness addresses the needs of affected employees and other employees. Authorized employees can take an electrical and Lockout/Tagout course, a construction Lockout/Tagout course, and an international Lockout/Tagout course is also available. The National Safety Council is a nation wide association that also has membership benefits, including training benefits.
Starting at $19.00
Duration of course is designed to be completed in 1 hour with a printable certificate available once it is complete. This is a good option to use for employees and employers who are looking for an independently taken course with a Learning Management System delivery. 360 Training provides three different training levels to address the three different training levels required for authorized employees, affected employees, and other employees.
The Lockout/Tagout course offered by E-Training is designed to be 1 hour in length. It is standard 26 CFR 1910.147 approved including the steps to be taken when there is a possibility of unexpected release of stored energy after Lockout/Tagout procedures have been initiated. The website is streamlined and easy to use, and they provide mobile training options for ease of delivery in all situations. Employee course tracking is a great value add on within the price of the course.
Free course, certificates provided starting at $20.99
OSHAcademy course format, delivery, and certificate options provide a very flexible solution for many employers. While the provided course online may not be ideal for employees classified as affected and other employees due to the 6 hour length, it does leave the option to have a company member to become a trainer within the company. The trainer can then provide the Lockout/Tagout training to employees as all the course materials are provided free of charge allowing a trainer to teach a Lockout/Tagout course in house. The greater range of information and training is ideal for authorized employees, management, and trainers.
The course identifies the target audience as supervisors, managers, trainers, and employees.
The course description is very scant without any references to the actual course content. It does address the need for Lockout/Tagout training and safe practices to reduce the probability of severe injury due to the stored electrical energy and stored energy in machines. The course indicates that it meets the OSHA requirements for training and is designed to be completed in 1 hour.
XO Training provides a robust in topics course that involves slides, videos, and quizzes. It goes over important scenarios and situations that can arise when Lockout/Tagout measures are employed. Employers also receive access to free learner management benefits through the learning management system including keeping track of employee records, tracking progress, and creating training reports. Multiple courses can be purchased to train multiple learners in one transaction. The online associate chat function for questions is a very useful tool and they provided the information that the course is designed to be completed in less than 1 hour.
Hardhat Training has a comprehensive information page providing excellent information in order for employers and/or trainees to understand the course they are about to take. Hardhat Training indicates the Lockout/Tagout course should take approximately 1 hour, however in the FAQ area it indicates that the average employee requires 2 – 2.5 hours to complete. The biggest criticism of the course would be the two different course lengths indicated, however, if the course is more comprehensive due to the extended course length then the higher price per trainee may be justified. The option to provide a group training and have every employee Lockout/Tagout compliant once the on-the-job training is complete is also beneficial. Even though the course description does not reference standard 26 CFR 1910.147 Hardhat Lockout/Tagout does have endorsement from multiple compliance partners.
Starting at $29.95
Compliance training online.com indicates the course will take a minimum of 1.5 hours but that it will most likely take longer than that. While the webpage and website are outdated, the information provided on it is current and copyright 2020. The overview and information for the course is comprehensive and indicates a thorough training course. While the course price is on the high end of Lockout/Tagout courses, the multiple student discounts start at 3 students and reaches the highest discount at 21 or more students.
Course content is designed to take 30 – 40 minutes to complete with a 10 question test at the end. This makes the price exorbitantly higher when comparing lengths of the course and cost of the course to the others in this list. With regards to the misleading information, OSHA requires both course format and on-the-job training for an employee to be considered Lockout/Tagout certified, taking the course provided by BNR Online Training does not automatically mean the employee is certified unless they have already received their on-the-job training. OSHA also does not indicate that employee must be re-certified every 3 years as this website states, OSHA requires that re-certification is required if there are changes in: the job assignment, the machine, equipment or processes, or there is a newly introduced hazard or control procedure. Re-certification is also required if an inspection reveals the current processes to be inadequate. OSHA recommends that re-certification is taken every 3 years to refresh the information for employees if none of the above conditions appear within the 3 year span.
POST SCRIPT* If you or your employees are finding there has been a slow down in the quantity of work available, now is a good time to complete some training courses that are needed or may have expired