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| Standard Number:||1926.417; 1926.417(a); 1926.417(b); 1926 Subpart K|
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(a) Controls. Controls that are to be deactivated during the course of work on energized or deenergized equipment or circuits shall be tagged.In promulgating this section, the Agency used the phrase "rendered inoperative," rather than "locked out." This indicates that methods other than lock-out would be permissible1 , as long as they rendered the equipment or deenergized circuit inoperative. There are a variety of such methods; two examples are:
(b) Equipment and circuits. Equipment or circuits that are deenergized shall be rendered inoperative and shall have tags attached at all points where such equipment or circuits can be energized. [Emphasis added].
(1) Removing a fuse or other circuit element for each phase conductor; orQuestion (2): What is the status of the variance discussed in the Yohay letter, dated October 3, 1986?
(2) Disconnecting the circuit conductors (including disabling plugs for equipment that is plug-connected).
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