Inspection Checklists - General Information

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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.

Area/Issue Examples
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:

  • Fact sheet last revised: 2018-02-05