OSHA’s General Industry’s standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) 29 CFR 1910.147 addresses one of the most important safety regulations to protect workers from injury: lockout/tagout. The standard requires workers to isolate energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment to prevent the unexpected startup or release of energy. 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the standard published in the Federal Register on April 29, 1988.
Over the past 30 years, lockout/tagout (LOTO) has been one of the most-cited regulations in general industry. The impact on companies not following the requirements of this standard can be devastating with injuries, fatalities, and citations. The LOTO standard was number five on the top ten list of OSHA citations in 2017. One of the most common citations of the LOTO standard is 29 CFR 1910.147(C)(4) Energy Control Procedure (ECP). This standard requires the employer to develop machine-specific ECPs.