- Record Type: Interpretation
- Standard Number: 1910.147
- Subject: Article in Magazine
Containing Incorrect Information About Lockout/Tagout Requirements.
- Information Date:1991
September 4, 1991
MEMORANDUM FOR: JAMES F. FOSTER, DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
THROUGH: PATRICIA K. CLARK, DIRECTOR
DIRECTORATE OF COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS
FROM: RAYMOND E. DONNELLY, DIRECTOR
GENERAL INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Subject: Article In Magazine Containing Incorrect Information
About Lockout/Tagout Requirements
The purpose of this memorandum is to
bring to your attention the attached memorandum, dated July
10, from Linda Anku, Regional Administrator for Region III.
The memorandum discusses an incorrect statement about a lockout/tagout
procedure that was published is a magazine called Safety
and Health. The magazine is associated with the National
The article (copy enclosed), which
relates to welding safety, appeared in the April 1991 issue.
The statement was made that there are two people involved
in the lockout procedure. The article mentions the employee
who puts the lock on and the foreman who takes it off.
This statement does not meet the
intent of 29 CFR 1910.147(e)(3) which requires the person
who applied the lock to be the one to remove it. the only
exception to this is when the employee who applied the lock
is not available to remove it. This would be in a case of
illness, temporary absence from the job, etc. When this does
occur, then only management may remove the lock, but only
after certain requirements are met, as outlined 29 CFR 1910.147(e)(3)(i),(ii),
and (iii). (copy enclosed)
We contacted the magazine to point
out the mistake in the article, and to advise them that a
request for correction would be made.
The corrections request can be made
Editor - Safety & Health
National Safety Council
444 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telefax # (312) 527-9381
If you need further information from
us, you may call Jeff Finch of my staff at 523-8031.
Your attention to this matter is