|Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 10:16 pm: |
FYI - From JJ Keller's Safety Clicks eNews at www.jjkeller.com and OSHA at www.osha.gov. The actual compliance directive can be downloaded at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=38 09
This compliance directive supercedes the previous one issued in 1990. This guidance incorporates the two letters of interpretation issued in 1992 and 2004 regarding the application of LO/TO to the printing industry. The current guidance has been criticized for being too long and confusing without providing clear guidance on the application of LO/TO to many servicing and maintenance activities.
OSHA issues new lockout/tagout guidance
A new directive provides guidance to OSHA personnel concerning the Agency's policy, procedures, and technical interpretations regarding the enforcement of the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Standard, 29 CFR §1910.147, and other related standards.
This directive cancels the Sept.11, 1990, OSHA Instruction, STD 1-7.3. Significant modifications in the new directive include:
Inclusion of citation examples and additional guidance regarding affirmative defenses;
Incorporation of compliance assistance flowcharts;
Inclusion of additional guidance on the minor servicing exception, specific energy control procedures, periodic inspections, and unexpected energization;
Inclusion of additional information and guidance on alternative methods to lockout/tagout;
Inclusion of general reference material for information pertinent to hazardous energy control;
Addition of vehicle repair and maintenance standards and practices; and
Addition of Compliance Officer Safety guidelines.
In addition, as part of the directive revision process, OSHA has removed and archived interpretations from its public website that no longer reflect current policy and/or are superseded by the new directive.
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