November 8, 2013. Complying with OSHA regulations concerning the need to de-energize equipment under the Lockout/Tagout program pursuant to 29 CFR §1910.147 can be complicated. See the recent decision from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in General Motors Corp., 2007 WL 4350896 (Docket No. 91-2834E & 91-2950). Employers must understand that the program requires equipment specific procedures in writing on how to lock and tag out the equipment involved before an employee breaks the plain of the equipment exposing his hands and body parts to de-energized moving parts. Also, employees must be verifiably trained on the LOTO procedures. Annual retraining must occur along with annual certification that the LOTO procedures are current and accurate. Year after year, the federal Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard is one of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards. To learn more about risk management techniques for your business contact the Goosmann Law Firm at or call 712.226.4000. Also check back for our monthly webinars.

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