The basic steps are to: lock and tag the energy isolating device(s), clear the equipment of people and materials and try or test the operating controls to make sure the lockout is effective (Remember - LOCK, TAG, CLEAR and TRY).

Yes – written lockout/tagout procedures are required unless: there is no potential for stored energy; there is only a single, easily identifiable energy source and it is isolated by a single lockout device; isolation results in complete deenergization; lockout is under complete control of the employee, AND there is no history of accidents with the particular machine or equipment.

No – each person must perform their own lockout/tagout before performing repair or service on machines or equipment and each person must also maintain control of their key(s).

As long as the employee has complete control over the plug, lockout/tagout is not necessary.