Lockout Tagout protects employees by isolating hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance. In some instances, it may be necessary to energize equipment for testing or positioning. 29 CFR 1910.147(f)(1) allows for the temporary removal of lockout tagout devices, provided the following steps are taken:
- The equipment is cleared of all tools and materials.
- Employees are removed from the area around the machines.
- The lockout devices are properly removed.
- The equipment is energized to proceed with testing or positioning.
- The system is de-energized and all energy control measures are reapplied.
This process can put workers at risk, so it must done as a part of an established energy control procedure that provides effective protection from hazardous energy.