- Record Type: Interpretation
- Standard Number: 1910.147
- Subject: Control of Hazardous
Energy Sources Lockout/Tagout.
- Information Date:1990
October 15, 1990
Mr. J.H. Balch
Sylvania Lighting Services Corporation
100 Endicott Street
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
Dear Mr. Balch:
This is response to your November 30, 1989
letter to Mr. Ed Bajakian of Occupational Safety and Health Administration's
(OSHA) Regional Office in Boston, Massachusetts. We apologize for
the delay in our response.
You requested our opinion of your interpretation
that your company should not be covered under 29 CFR 1910.147, Control
of Hazardous Energy Sources, (Lockout/Tagout). The basis for your
interpretation is that the activities engaged in by employees of
Sylvania Lighting Services are excluded from coverage by this standard
because they are covered by Subpart "S", the OSHA Electrical Subpart.
The Lockout/Tagout Standard became effective
on January 2, 1990 and does not pertain to electrical hazards from
work on, near or with conductors or equipment in electrical utilization
installations. These are covered by 29 CFR Subpart S.
Your attention is, however, directed to
the new final rule entitled Electrical Safety Related-Work Practices,
which was published on August 6, (copy enclosed). This new rule
requires specific safety-related procedures, including lockout/tagout
of electrical equipment, and becomes effective on December 4, with
the training portion having a delayed effective date of August 6,
I believe that this addresses your inquiry.
If you have any further questions on this subject, please do not
hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your interest in occupational
safety and health.
Patricia K. Clark
Directorate of Compliance Programs