Published May 4, 2018
1. You are responsible for contractors too.
Some companies believe they can get around the requirement for creating LOTO procedures because they contract the work out to a third party. The reality is that OSHA requires a procedure to be available when there’s an inspection. If a contractor is hurt while working on a piece of equipment in your facility, OSHA can, and will, cite both companies for lack of LOTO compliance. To achieve compliance, have a LOTO procedure created for the equipment that’s being serviced, and require that your contractor use it.
Confirm your contractor is an authorized employee by providing a quick training session to ensure they understand how to use the procedure, when to use it, and what hazards they’ll be working around while locking out the equipment.
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