What Tasks Can Take Alternative Measures to Lockout/Tagout? The first thing to know is that a lockout/tagout alternative should complement your existing lockout/tagout procedures, not replace them entirely. Using the machine safety lifecycle methodology, you can correctly identify, document, and deploy alternative measures to lockout/tagout. In addition, your lockout/tagout alternative should evaluate whether it provides as much protection as lockout/tagout. Just as with your lockout/tagout procedures, your alternative measures must be documented and accessible to all stakeholders.