Do Oregon OSHA rules require all locks used to control hazardous energy in the same plant be made by the same manufacturer?
No. As long as the locks that you choose are readily identifiable as "lockout devices," you can use them.
A "lockout device," as defined by 1910.147(b), is a device that uses a positive means such as a lock, either key or combination type, to hold an energy-isolating device in a safe position and prevent the energizing of a machine or equipment.
Lockout devices must also be standardized within the plant by color, shape, or size. You can do this by selecting a specific size, shape, or color and using it only for lockout applications. Employees must also be trained how to identify the size, shape, or color locks that you have chosen to be lockout devices.
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