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WAC 296-803-50005

Use energy control procedures.

(1) You must use energy control procedures to protect employees servicing or maintaining machines and equipment from potentially hazardous energy.
(2) You must use a lockout system if an energy-isolating device can be locked out.
Exemption:
A tagout system may be used instead of a lockout system if it meets all of the following:
 
1. The tagout device is attached where you would have put the lockout device.
 
2. The tagout system provides the same level of employee protection as a lockout system.
 
3. You can demonstrate that the tagout system:
 
a. Meets all tagout requirements of this chapter.
 
b. Includes additional safety measures to provide the same level of safety as a lockout system.
Note:
Additional safety measures used with the tagout system to provide protection equal to a lockout system could include actions such as:
 
1. Removing part of the isolating circuit.
 
2. Blocking a controlling switch.
 
3. Opening an extra disconnecting device.
 
4. Removing a valve handle.
(3) You must use a tagout system if an energy-isolating device cannot be locked out.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 17-18-075, § 296-803-50005, filed 9/5/17, effective 10/6/17; WSR 04-15-105, § 296-803-50005, filed 7/20/04, effective 11/1/04.]
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