An evaluation of lockout/tagout procedures is required annually and must be conducted by an authorized employee other than the person who performs the procedures. If your authorized employee(s) perform all of the lockout/tagout procedures, you might have to have a supervisor designated as an authorized employee. The supervisor can then conduct the evaluation of lockout/tagout procedures.
Either the employer or the inspector must document each inspection with the information listed below.
If an inspector finds that workers are not following an energy-control procedure or that the procedure is not protecting them, those workers must be retrained and the procedural deficiencies corrected.
The authorized employee who does the inspection must understand the procedure and must not be among those following the procedure at the time of the inspection. Each procedure must be verified for its accuracy, completeness and effectiveness in energy control.
The purpose of periodic inspections is to ensure that the energy control procedures continue to be implemented properly, workers are familiar with their responsibilities and any deviations or procedural inadequacies that are observed are corrected. The inspection should determine if:
If the inspection covers a procedure for equipment with an energy-isolating device that can be locked out, the inspector should review the procedure with the workers who use it to service the equipment and affected employees who operate the equipment. The inspector can review the procedure with the workers individually or in a group.
As we mentioned earlier, an authorized employee who is not involved in the energy control procedure should inspect the area on an annual basis. The employer must identify any deficiencies or deviations and correct them.
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The accident resulted in the OSHA violations listed below:
Source: Oregon OSHA
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