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Workplace Housekeeping - Checklist for General Inspection

What is an example of a Housekeeping Inspection Checklist?

Use the following checklist as a general workplace guide.

Floors and Other Areas

  • Are floors clean and clear of waste?
  • Are signs posted to warn of wet floors?
  • Are floors in good condition?
  • Are there holes, worn or loose planks or carpet sticking up?
  • Is anti-slip flooring used where spills, moisture or grease are likely?
  • Are there protruding objects such as nails, sharp corners, open cabinet drawers, trailing electrical wires?
  • Are personal items, such as clothing and lunch boxes, in assigned lockers or storage areas?
  • Is the work area congested?
  • Are floors well-drained?

Aisles and Stairways

  • Are aisles unobstructed and clearly marked?
  • Are mirrors installed at blind corners?
  • Are aisles wide enough to accommodate workers and equipment comfortably?
  • Are safe loading practices used with hand and power trucks, skids, or pallets?
  • Is the workplace lighting adequate? Are stairs well lit?
  • Are stairs covered with an anti-slip tread? Are faulty stair treads repaired?

Spill Control

  • Are all spills wiped up quickly?
  • Are procedures followed as indicated on the material safety data sheet?
  • Are spill absorbents used for greasy, oily, flammable or toxic materials?
  • Are used rags and absorbents disposed of promptly and safely?
  • Is a spill area surrounded by a barrier to prevent a spill from spreading?

Equipment and Machinery Maintenance

  • Is equipment in good working order, with all necessary guards or safety features operational or in place?
  • Is equipment damaged or outdated?
  • Are tools and machinery inspected regularly for wear or leaks?
  • Is equipment repaired promptly?
  • Are drip pans or absorbent materials used if leaks cannot be stopped at the source?
  • Is a machine that splashes oil fitted with a screen or splash guard?
  • Are machines and tools cleaned regularly?

Waste Disposal

  • Are there adequate number of containers?
  • Are there separate and approved containers for toxic and flammable waste?
  • Are waste containers located where the waste is produced?
  • Are waste containers emptied regularly?
  • Are toxic and flammable waste chemicals handled properly?


  • Are storage areas safe and accessible?
  • Is material stacked securely, blocked or interlocked if possible?
  • Are materials stored in areas that do not obstruct stairs, fire escapes, exits or firefighting equipment?
  • Are materials stored in areas that do not interfere with workers or the flow of materials?
  • Are bins or racks provided where material cannot be piled?
  • Are all storage areas clearly marked?
  • Do workers understand material storage and handling procedures?

Fire Prevention

  • Are combustible and flammable materials present only in the quantities needed for the job at hand?
  • Are combustible and flammable materials kept in safety cans during use?
  • Are hazardous materials stored in approved containers and away from ignition sources?
  • Are sprinkler heads clear of stored material?
  • Are fire extinguishers inspected and located along commonly travelled routes, and close to possible ignition sources?
  • Are oily or greasy rags placed in metal containers and disposed of regularly?

Document last updated on June 23, 2008
Document confirmed current on June 12, 2018

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