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ASSP Supports Reopening OSHA's Lockout/Tagout Rulemaking

Aug 15, 2019

ASSP has submitted a technical comment and a letter of support in response to OSHA’s request for information on the control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).

Drafted by the ANSI/ASSP Z244 Committee, the comment calls on OSHA to reopen the current federal regulation so it can be revised to better reflect the modern technology used in lockout/tagout. The original regulation was written in 1982, and it does not address alternative methods of lockout/tagout that have developed since the regulation’s inception.

For more information on ASSP’s work on Z244, please contact the External Affairs staff.

Robert Drane

Do you have a summary paper or power-point?  I need to discuss this with my Chapter as soon as possible.


Philip Landry
Having worked in industry including robotics system development I would suggest that it is important to consider new technologies, redundancies and statistical probabilities on this issue closely.  The focus needs to be improving safety results in regards to hazardous energy incident prevention and should consider practical operations as well as human behavior considerations. No serious discussion should be conducted without honest detailed statistical analysis of incidents over the last 20 years as technology has evolved.   


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