The Control of Hazardous Energy – Enforcement Policy and Inspection Procedures

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: September 26th, 2011
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Retrieved from: Occupational Safety & Health Administration


This directive (manual) establishes OSHA’s enforcement policy for itsstandards addressing the control of hazardous energy. It instructs OSHA enforcement personnel on both the agency’s interpretations of those standards, and on the procedures for enforcing them. The application of this instruction will further OSHA’s goal of uniform enforcement of these standards. However, OSHA personnel should exercise professional judgment consistent with their authority as appropriate when particular circumstances necessitate a deviation from the guidance provided in the instruction in order to effectuate the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), to utilize resources to effectively administer the OSH Act, or to ensure CSHO safety.