A manufacturing facility has 130 separate lockout procedures. Many of these procedures
are unique, and apply to specific pieces of equipment. Some of these procedures, however,
are duplicate and address pieces of equipment that are essentially identical to another
piece of equipment. The facility has 40 employees authorized to implement the 130
procedures in performing service and maintenance covered by the Lockout/Tagout standard.
The employer has implemented the following procedure for conducting periodic
inspections: for the specific energy control procedures, each of the authorized employees
is observed by another authorized employee performing a complete lockout of at least one
piece of equipment or machinery utilizing each one of the separate energy control
procedures. The employer documents each of these inspections. However, there are more
specific procedures than there are authorized employees, so consequently some of the
specific procedures are not observed being implemented. Instead, these procedures are
inspected by holding meetings with small groups of authorized employees responsible for
service and maintenance on machines or equipment covered by the procedures being reviewed.
At these meetings, the relevant procedures are reviewed by the group to ensure that they
are understood and effective, but actual lockout implementation is not required during the