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• Standard Number: 1910.147
• Status: Archived

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March 3, 1992

MEMORANDUM FOR:     JOHN T. PHILLIPS
                   REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

FROM:               PATRICIA K. CLARK, DIRECTOR DIRECTORATE OF COMPLIANCE
                   PROGRAMS

SUBJECT:            Request for Concurrence with an Interpretation of 29 CFR
                   1910.147(c)(5)(ii) - Lockout Devices
This is in response to your memorandum of April 19, 1991 asking if the use of a lock, which had been assigned to an authorized employee for use as a lockout device, and was also being used to lock tool boxes, was a violation of the standard. Please accept our apologies for the extreme delay in responding.

The answer is yes. It is a violation of the standard to use a lockout device for other purposes. If the lock is intended for use as a lockout device under the standard, but is also being used to lock tool boxes, then this is a violation of 1910.147(c)(5)(ii). This confirms a conversation on June 11, 1991 between Jeff Finch, formally of our staff, and Jonas Miniatas of your Office of Technical Support.

We hope this helps to clarify your concerns.


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