OSHA Lockout Tagout Training Online Course

Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

This course provides training as required by OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Standard (29CFR 1910.147). Material covered in the course includes a thorough review of the Standard, its applications and limitations and major compliance requirements including training, assistance in identifying responsible staff, and preparation and organization of an equipment inventory, You will also gain valuable information needed for the development, implementation, and upkeep of an effective Lockout/Tagout Program.

Course Fee
$75.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: OSHA

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Very easy to understand. Everything was great.
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Topics include:
  • Introduction to lockout/tagout
  • Becoming familiar with the Standard
  • Applications/imitations to the Standard
  • Identifying the responsible staff
  • General overview of the Standard
  • Major compliance requirements
  • Organization and preparation
  • Equipment inventory
  • Developing an effective Program
  • Training requirements

Who Should Attend

Persons who are exposed to the potential release of stored energy from machines and equipment while performing their routine work functions need to receive training. This includes:
  • industrial and manufacturing engineers, supervisors, and workers
  • construction engineers, supervisors, and workers
  • safety compliance managers and safety committee members
  • maintenance engineers, supervisors and workers
  • electricians, welders, and other specialty trades personnel
  • executive and middle management.
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After completing this course, participants should be able to:
  • determine what is needed in order to comply with the standard
  • know what a lockout/tagout program plan is, what it contains and where it is located
  • recognize the potential hazards associated with stored energy and measures to take for protection
  • understand the components of a lockout/tagout program and how important each component is in preventing worker injuries
  • understand the importance of ongoing training and communications
  • assist in developing and implementing a high quality lockout/tagout program with policies and written procedures
  • assist in updating their existing lockout/tagout program.


Frank E. Stossel & Gregory M. Matty, CIH

Mr. Stossel and Mr. Matty are both Corporate Executives of The VIRTUS Group located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with over 35 years of combined experience the areas of industrial hygiene, safety and environmental compliance. The VIRTUS Group has become a highly specialized consulting firm known for their work on high profile projects. The combination of Mr. Stossel’s engineering background with Mr. Matty’s experience as a Certified Industrial Hygienist is the key to their ongoing success.

Contact Hours

2 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Training Requirement

Citation: 29CFR1910.147(c)(7) Training and Communications

The employer shall provide training to ensure that the purpose and function of the energy control program are understood by employees and that the knowledge and skills required for the safe application, usage, and removal of the stored energy controls are required by employees. The training shall include those described in the following sections of the Standard: 1910.147(c)(7)(i)(A) and 1910.147(c)(7)(i)(B).

When tagout systems are used, employees shall also be trained in the limitations of tags as defined in the following sections of the Standard: 1910.147(c)(7)(ii)(A), 1910.147(c)(7)(ii)(B), 1910.147(c)(7)(ii)(C), 1910.147(c)(7)(ii)(D), 1910.147(c)(7)(ii)(E), and 1910.147(c)(7)(ii)(F).

The employer shall provide re-training for all authorized and affected employees in accordance to the following sections of the Standard: 1910.147(c)(7)(iii)(A), 1910.147(c)(7)(iii)(B), and 1910.147(c)(7)(iii)(C).

The employer shall certify that employee training has been accomplished and is being kept up to date. The certification shall contain each employee’s name and dates of training.

General Note: The Standard requires the program to be reviewed on an annual basis at the minimum. Since employee training is a key component of the requirements, annual refresher training should be included in your program. Excerpts from 1910.147 via OSHA website.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

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Course FAQs

If you've read much of this FAQ, you realize that we really do get this question a lot. No, the course is not certified or endorsed by OSHA. The biggest reason it's not certified by OSHA is because OSHA does not certify courses. Nor do they certify training providers.
No. But there is no course where you can become "certified" in lockout/tagout. The primary purpose for this type of training is to fulfill a portion of the OSHA training requirements outlined in the OSHA Lockout/Tagout Standard (29 CFR 1910.147). You need to understand that this is the first step in learning about OSHA compliance in regards to lockout/tagout. Once you have become familiar with the compliance components, as learned in this course, you will also need to become familiar with the site-specific needs (i.e. instruction on your company's equipment, operation protocols, operations, etc.). You will then need to develop new protocols, procedures, and written programs or improve those current protocols, procedures, and written programs.
Yes. Here is an excerpt from OSHA's October 20, 1999 letter of interpretation concerning online refresher training:

"As a matter of policy, OSHA does not approve or endorse training programs. The employer, rather than the training provider, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that employees acquire the training and skills needed to perform their duties in a safe and healthful manner."

Once again, OSHA leaves the determination up to the employer. They do have concerns about online training. Specifically, OSHA believes hands-on training and access to a qualified instructor is extremely important for refresher training (and we agree). We suggest our course be augmented with additional "hands on" exercises such as a respirator fit-test, a review of a site-specific health and safety plan (HASP), and any other material or exercises deemed appropriate by the employer.
You need to obtain a good understanding of the OSHA Lockout/Tagout Standard. This in itself can take some time. Although OSHA does not specify the amount of training hours spent on this subject, we expect you to spend about 4 hours on this course. The first module (Introduction) should not take more than an hour or so, but the second (Review of the Standard) and third (Developing an Effective Lockout/Tagout Program) modules will take up most of your time. Once you understand the requirements of the Standard, you will need to learn the basics of how to develop your program. This is the purpose of modules 2 and 3.
Upon completing the course, you should have a good understanding of the OSHA Lockout/Tagout Standard, learn why it is vital that your company comply with the Standard, and obtain a good knowledge base to help your company develop an effective program in compliance with the Standard. We even have the resources to help you with the development of your written program plan.

The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.