Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) protects workers by keeping equipment off and still. Injuries, amputations, and even deaths occur when machine parts or equipment suddenly turns on or releases stored energy during maintenance. Lockout/Tagout covers the procedures, equipment, and training necessary to allow workers to safely maintain or repair machines and equipment.
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For information on protecting yourself and workers from harmful machine restarts and energy releases, see the sections below. The Requirements and Policies section has information for employers on how to comply with rules about lock out/tag out and avoid citations.