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According to OSHA, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard, 29 CFR 1910.147,

prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Workers injured on the

job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.

In a study conducted by the United Auto Workers (UAW), 20% of the fatalities (83 of 414)

that occurred among their members between 1973 and 1995 were attributed to inadequate

hazardous energy control procedures specifically, lockout/tagout procedures. OSHA has

LOTO listed as its fifth most cited violation from 2018!


OSHA looks for documented procedures and training records during lockout/tagout

inspections.  They will routinely ask for lockout/tagout procedures for specific machines or

equipment.  They will expect to find: shutdown procedures, equipment isolation, application

of lockout/tagout, release of stored energy, and verification as part of these procedures. 

OSHA will also ask for training records and interview employees.


STEP has the following training courses available for LOTO: 1-hr affected employees, 1-hr LOTO overview, 2-hr authorized employee, 2-hr and 4-hr control of hazardous energy general employee, and 6-hr and 8-hr LOTO train-the-trainer. These courses will include:


  • Review of 29 CFR 1910.269

  • LOTO Procedure Writing

  • Hands-On workshop

  • Training Methodology

  • Types of Isolation and Energy


Our experienced consultants will train your employees on the standard and company-specific procedures.  We can also help with the review of these procedures or development of new procedures. We can add digital photos, which help reinforce the right control point and make the procedure more specific to your workplace. Don’t find yourself on the OSHA Top 10 list!

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