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Who Needs Lockout Tagout Training?

dateAugust 18, 2020

Lockout Tagout (LOTO) is more than just a safety protocol; it's a commitment to ensuring the well-being and protection of every worker within a facility. While the primary objective of LOTO is to safeguard employees from the sudden release of hazardous energy, its success largely hinges on effective and targeted training. To comprehend the gravity of LOTO, one must first recognize the varying levels of training required, dictated by the roles and responsibilities of the personnel in an establishment.

Who Requires Training?

  1. Authorized Employees: At the forefront of the LOTO procedures, authorized employees bear significant responsibility. OSHA mandates that only these individuals can undertake LOTO procedures. Their training is exhaustive and covers:
  • Recognition of Hazardous Energy: Understanding and identifying potential risks in diverse scenarios.
  • Distinguishing Energy Types: Recognizing the various types and magnitudes of energy sources present in their operational environment.
  • Methods of Energy Isolation and Control: Familiarity with the diverse techniques and tools to safely control and isolate hazardous energy.
  • Verification Techniques: Understanding and implementing methods to ensure energy sources are effectively isolated before commencing work.
  1. Affected Employees: This category largely comprises workers who interact with machinery but lack authorization to execute LOTO. The focus of their training revolves around:
  • Purpose of LOTO: Grasping the critical reasons behind the implementation of energy control procedures.
  • LOTO Procedures’ Use: Understanding the significance of these protocols and their direct role.
  • Safe Operational Practices: Even if relying on standard machine safeguards, these employees should be well-versed in the rudiments of LOTO.
  1. Other Employees: This segment includes workers who function in areas where LOTO is prevalent, even if they don’t directly engage with the machinery. Their training is vital and emphasizes:
  • Recognizing LOTO Devices: Knowledge of different LOTO devices and their significance.
  • Operational Restrictions: They should be trained to refrain from initiating locked or tagged equipment and to neither remove nor neglect LOTO devices.

While these outlined training criteria form the foundation of a solid LOTO program, the long-term efficacy of the training lies in its continual reinforcement. This calls for vigilant monitoring of work practices, ongoing feedback, and periodic retraining. Management’s active involvement and commitment are pivotal in championing a culture of safety.

At E-Square, our mission extends beyond mere compliance. Our seasoned engineers meticulously train your teams at all levels to ensure airtight LOTO practices. Our overarching goal is to foster an environment where every employee understands, respects, and adheres to LOTO, ensuring not just an OSHA compliant workplace, but a sanctuary of safety for all.

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