When can another employee’s lockout lock be removed?

lockout tagout supplies May 30, 2022 1 min read

OSHA 1910.147(e)(3) states that only the authorized employee who applied the lockout/tagout device is permitted to remove it after the LOTO procedure is over. However, if the authorized employee who initially applied the lockout tagout device is not available, then another employee supervised by the employer can remove the lockout/tagout device provided that specific procedures and training for such process have been developed, documented, and incorporated into the employer’s energy control program. Furthermore, the specific procedure shall include at least the following elements set by OSHA:

  • The employer has fully verified that the authorized employee who initially applied the lockout tagout device is not at the facility.
  •  All reasonable efforts are made to contact the authorized employee to inform him/her that the lockout tagout device has been removed.
  • The authorized has been informed before he/she resumes work.

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