What should be included on the checklist?
The examples outlined below do not list all possible items. The best checklist for your workplace is one that has been developed for your specific needs. Whatever the format of the checklist, provide space for the inspectors' signatures and the date.
|1. Environment||dust, gases, fumes, sprays, lighting, noise, ventilation|
|2. Buildings||windows, doors, floors, stairs, roofs, walls, elevators|
|3. Containers||scrap bins, disposal receptacles, barrels, carboys, gas cylinders, solvent cans|
|4. Electrical||switches, cables, outlets, connectors, grounding, connections, breakers|
|5. Fire protection equipment||extinguishers, hoses, hydrants, sprinkler alarm systems, access to equipment|
|6. Hand tools||wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, power tools, explosive actuated tools|
|7. Hazardous products||flammable, explosive, oxidizing, gases under pressure, corrosive, toxic/health hazards, biohazardous infectious, environmental|
|8. Materials handling||conveyors, cranes, hoists, hoppers, carts, dollies, bins, etc.|
|9. Personal protective equipment||hard hats, safety glasses, respirators, safety footwear, gloves, etc.|
|10. Pressurized equipment||boilers, vats, tanks, piping, hoses, couplings, valves, hydraulics, etc.|
|11. Production equipment||mills, shapers, cutters, borers, presses, lathes, robotics, etc.|
|12. Personnel support equipment||ladders, scaffolds, platforms, catwalks, staging|
|13. Powered equipment||engines, electrical motors, compressor equipment|
|14. Storage facilities||racks, bins, shelves, cabinets, closets, yards, floors|
|15. Walkways and roadways||aisles, ramps, docks, vehicle ways|
|16. Protective guards||gear covers, pulleys, belt screens, work station, guards, railings, drives, chains|
|17. Safety devices||valves, emergency switches, cutoffs, warning systems, limit switches, mirrors, sirens, signs|
|18. Controls||start-up switches, steering mechanisms, speed controls, manipulating controls|
|19. Lifting components||handles, eye-bolts, lifting lugs, hooks, chains, ropes, slings|
|20. Hygiene and first aid facilities||drinking fountains, washrooms, safety showers, eyewash fountains, first aid supplies, contact list for first aid responders, etc.|
|21. Psychosocial hazards||discussion with or observation of employees who may mention work scheduling issues, workload (pace of work/too much/too little), hours of work, fatigue, issues that interrupt concentration, poor communication, conflicting demands, working in conflict with others, working in social isolation, or working alone|
Please see the following other OSH Answers for more specific examples:
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