Lockout- Tagout for Public Employees in Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 149, section 18C contains instructions for locking machinery in the off position and preventing movement of machinery before equipment repair or maintenance. To see MGL c. 149, sec.18C, click here.

Private employers: To comply with Lockout-Tagout  requirements, private employers working on private or public property must comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147.

Public employers: To comply with Lockout-Tagout requirements, public employers must provide at a minimum:

  • Establish a policy that all equipment power sources will be shut off before maintenance and repair activities are conducted
  • For each piece of equipment, identify all energy sources, including but not limited to electric, pneumatic, hydraulic, steam, and gravity.
  • For each piece of equipment, write an instruction that lists each step to properly shut down or block each energy source. Require that these steps are followed.
  • Place a lock, labeled with employee’s name, to maintain all power sources in the OFF position during maintenance and repair activities.
  • Train workers.

Under MGL c. 149 s 6, the Department of Labor Standards can issue a civil penalty for each violation. Public employers who implement a comprehensive Lockout-Tagout  program in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 will be considered to meet Massachusetts requirements for public employees.