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.
The purpose of the inspection is to determine that workers are following the written procedure and that the procedure is correct. Either the employer or the inspector must document each inspection with the information listed below.
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.
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.
An 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.
Where lockout is used, the inspector must review each authorized employee's responsibilities under the procedure with that employee (group meetings are acceptable).
Where tagout is used, the inspector must review both the authorized and affected employee's responsibilities with those workers for the energy control procedure being inspected, and the additional training responsibilities.
The accident resulted in the OSHA violations listed below:
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