In the last installment of this LOTO series, we address the periodic inspections and training requirements.
Are We Performing Periodic Inspections?
Employers are required to conduct periodic inspections of their energy control procedures at least annually to ensure that they are being effectively implemented and to correct any deviations or inadequacies. 29 C.F.R. § 1910.147(c)(6). The periodic inspection must be performed by an “authorized employee” other than the one(s) utilizing the procedures being inspected.
The periodic inspection shall include a review between the inspector and each authorized employee of that employee’s responsibilities under the energy control procedures and of the limitations of the tagout systems, if used, as provided for in 29 C.F.R. § 1910.147(c)(7)(ii).
The employer is required to certify that that the periodic inspections were performed. The certification shall identify (1) the machine or equipment on which the energy control procedure was being utilized; (2) the date of the inspection; (3) the employees included in the inspection; and (4)the person performing the inspection.