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The Past, Present, and Future of Lockout/Tagout

Where we came from, and where we are going.

OSHA's standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/ Tagout) 29 CFR 1910.147 addresses one of the most critical safety procedures in general industry - protecting workers during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment from unexpected startup or release of stored energy.

Craft workers, electricians, machine operators, and laborers are among the three million workers who service and maintain equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury from energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other sources in machines and equipment. Employees in almost every industrial division are exposed to such hazards, but most lockout/tagout accidents and injuries occur in manufacturing.

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