Who needs Lockout Tagout Training



Lockout Tagout Training | E-Square Alliance

October 30, 2019


The training and education of employees in the recognition, avoidance or control of energy-related hazards is the foundation of an effective lockout/tagout program; without which the competency of the program can be seriously compromised. A well-trained employee is far less likely to be involved in accidents than the untrained ones. Therefore, training is needed to provide employees with knowledge, skills and motivation to effectively implement a successful Lockout Tagout program.



Who needs LOTO Training?

1. Authorized employees:
These workers are the only ones allowed by OSHA to perform LOTO. Each authorized employee must be trained in the recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of energy sources available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control. Training for authorized employees must include:

  • Recognition of hazardous energy
  • Type and magnitude of energy found in the workplace
  • The means and methods of isolating and/or controlling energy
  • The means of verification of effective energy control, and the purpose of the procedures to be used

2. Affected Employees:
This group consists primarily of those who work with machines but aren’t authorized to perform LOTO. Affected employees must be instructed in the purpose and use of the energy control procedure. Employees who exclusively perform functions related to normal production operations and who perform service or maintenance under the protection of normal machine safeguarding need only be trained as affected employees even if tagout procedures are used.


3. Other Employees:
This group consists of anyone else who works in an area where LOTO procedures are used.


All of these employees must be trained not to start locked or tagged equipment, and not to remove or ignore lockout tagout devices.

Successful training is also influenced by other factors, including the role & support of management. Monitoring work practices and providing feedback to employees after the training are needed to reinforce the training and motivate employees to use the knowledge gained. E-Square engineers visit your establishment to provide proper Lockout Tagout training at all the 3 levels to make your site OSHA compliant. We make sure that every relevant employee learns how to install Lockout Tagout and stays safe.

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