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September 11, 2000
Mr. Carl K. Wong
Senior Product Safety Engineer
Applied Materials, Inc.
P. O. Box 58039
Santa Clara, CA 95052
Dear Mr. Wong:
Thank you for your August 28, 2000, letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) [Directorate of Enforcement Programs]. You had a question concerning 29 CFR 1910.147, The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout). Your paraphrased question and our reply are provided below.
Question: Is a lock considered a lockout device?
Reply: Yes, a lock is a lockout device. The standard, at §1910.147(b), Definitions, defines a lockout device as one that, "...utilizes a positive means such as a lock, either key or combination type, to hold an energy isolating device in a safe position..."
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Richard E. Fairfax, Director
[Directorate of Enforcement Programs]