There are few things the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health

Administration takes more seriously and has a more strict policy regarding than lockout tagout.

Every year, lockout tagout is near the top of the list for most commonly cited hazards, while also

near the top every year for most expensive citation. So ensuring you have an adequate lockout

tagout plan in place is of the utmost importance.

But how can you ensure you have created appropriate procedures? You start by reviewing OSHA

Standard 1910.147. This standard is, unfortunately, the consensus most difficult standard to work

with because of its convoluted wording and the need for every single factory in existence to

have a different set of procedures. So unless you are a lockout tagout expert, you will likely need

some help in creating and maintaining lockout tagout procedures.

Hiring a third party firm, however, can be very expensive. Further, you give up control of your

procedures to another company and are left to hope the company is properly managing your

procedures. Should you ever want to use another firm or attempt to monitor your lockout tagout

procedures yourself, it can be difficult to understand what the previous company put in place for


For these reasons, we recommend Factory Solutions Software. It is a web based program which

is accessible anywhere the internet is. This software allows us to help you create your lockout

tagout procedures, monitor your lockout tagout procedures, and ensure that they remain in

compliance no matter what changes you have to your business. And because you make all of the

changes, you stay in charge of your procedures.

If you have any questions about lockout tagout procedures or about or Factory Solutions

Software, please contact us. If you have anything to add about creating lockout tagout

procedures, please leave a comment.