Lockout/Tagout Training

There are two types of lockout/tagout training required by OSHA: Authorized Employee Training and Affected Employee Training.

 

Lockout/Tagout Training

There are two types of lockout/tagout training required by OSHA: Authorized Employee Training and Affected Employee Training.

Authorized Employee Training

Authorized employees are employees who actually lockout and service machinery. This group typically consists maintenance workers, however a company may choose to make any person (outside contractor or full time employee) an authorized employee by training them on the usage, recognition of hazards, and functionality of their lockout/tagout program. When properly trained, authorized employees will be able to not only fully understand when and how to apply lockout/tagout, but also understand how to handle group lockout, shift change, and other special circumstances.

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Affected Employee Training

Affected employees are employees who operate equipment or work near machines, but are not authorized to perform lockout or service equipment. Commonly this group is made up of operators and administrative staff. They need to be trained on the purpose & scope of lockout/tagout and their responsibilities with regards to the program. All other employees, contractors, or visitors to the plant must also be made aware of lockout/tagout and may not interfere with lockout activities.

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