Since the 1989 LOTO Standard was adopted, technology has changed the methods for controlling hazardous energy. Therefore OSHA plans to issue a Request for Information (RFI) in April 2018 regarding potential updates to the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard.

Apparently there has been an increase in questions about computer controlled LOTO, which is more accepted in other countries. The RFI would seek to learn more about the strengths and limitations of the new technology, as well as its potential hazards to workers. In fact, the American National Standards Institute updated its LOTO standard in December 2016.

Proper LOTO practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases when they’re servicing, cleaning or doing maintenance on machinery. Also, LOTO violations are frequently caught during OSHA inspections. Last year, OSHA issued more than 3,400 LOTO violations, making it the fifth-most cited violation.