Question: What is the OSHA “Lock Out/Tag Out” (LOTO) standard?
Answer: OSHA states “The lock out/tag out standard establishes the employer’s responsibility to protect employees from hazardous energy sources on machines and equipment during service and maintenance. The standard gives each employer the flexibility to develop an energy control program suited to the needs of the particular workplace and the types of machines and equipment being maintained or serviced. This is generally done by affixing the appropriate lockout or tag out devices to energy-isolating devices and by de-energizing machines and equipment. The standard outlines the steps required to do this.” ( https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-lockout-tagout.pdf; accessed August 2017)