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| Standard Number:||1910.212(a)(3)(ii); 1910.217; 1910.217(d)(9)(iv); 1910.147; 1910.147(a)(2)(ii); 1910.147(b); 1910.147(d); 1910.147(f)(1)|
It should be pointed out that OSHA is allowing the removal of the lockout or tagout devices and the re-energization of the machine or equipment only during the limited time necessary for the testing or positioning of the machine, equipment, or component thereof. This paragraph does not allow the employer or employee to disregard the requirement for locking out or tagging out during the other portions of the servicing or maintenance operation. This exception provides for a temporary measure to be used only to accomplish a particular task for which re-energization is essential.You have noted that, for the unbolting of die-securing bolts, removal of die clamps, removal of die, replacement of the die, and re-installation of the fasteners, re-energization is not essential. Accordingly, you indicated that you are advising clients to keep their machines locked-out except for the limited portions of the die-setting operation that requires temporary energization. However, you question whether extra time required to isolate energy during die-changes yields greater worker safety. In fact, you contend that the repeated removal and re-installation of lockout devices may create more opportunities for error.
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