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OSHA sends lockout/tagout request for information to OMB

Agency looks to study strengths, limitations of new technology

Posted October 26, 2018

OSHA sent a request for information (RFI) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the topic of incorporating newer technologies into its existing lockout/tagout regulations. The Agency says the RFI will help it understand the strengths and limitations of new technology that uses computer-based controls of hazardous energy, as well as potential hazards to workers.

The use of computer-based controls has become more prevalent as equipment manufacturers modernize their designs, and OSHA has seen an increase in requests for variances for these devices.

OSHA says this approach of controlling hazardous energy is more accepted in other nations, which raises issues of needing to harmonize U.S. standards with those of other countries. The Agency also may hold a stakeholder meeting on the issue.

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