• Are medical and exposure records maintained for at least 30 years? [29 CFR 1910.1020(d)(1)]



  • Is your facility equipped with a manual fire alarm system? [recommended]

  • Is your facility equipped with an automatic fire alarm system activated by fire or smoke detectors? [recommended]

  • Are manual fire alarms provided in the natural path of escape for areas that serve 50 or more persons? [recommended]

  • Is the distance to any manual fire alarm no more than 200 feet of unobstructed horizontal distance on the same floor? [recommended]

  • Is a smoke or heat detector located in each room? [recommended]

  • Is the detector paint free, unobscured, and unobstructed? [recommended]

  • Is disabling, tampering, or interfering with fire detectors and the fire alarm system prohibited? [recommended]

  • Are fire drills conducted at least annually? [recommended]

  • Are records maintained on each fire drill including the (a) date of the drill, (b) time of the drill, (c) weather conditions, (d) number of occupants evacuated, and (e) total time for evacuation? [recommended]

  • Are all building occupants evacuated in each fire drill? [recommended]

  • Are all alarm and fire-detection systems maintained in operating condition except when undergoing repair or maintenance? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(1) and 1910.165(d)(1)]

  • Is the servicing, maintenance, and testing of fire-detection systems (including cleaning and necessary sensitivity adjustments) performed only by people trained in the operation and function of the system? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(4)]

  • Are fire detectors cleaned of dirt, dust, or other particulates at regular periodic intervals? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(5)]

  • Is fire-detection equipment protected from mechanical or physical impact that might render it inoperable? [29 CFR 1910.164(d)(2)]

  • Are all occupants familiar with the location of the nearest fire alarm manual pull station? [recommended]

  • Can the alarm be perceived above ambient noise or light levels by everyone in the area? [29 CFR 1910.165(b)(2)]

  • Are alarms distinctive and recognizable as a signal to evacuate the building or to perform actions designated under the emergency action plan? [29 CFR 1910.165(b)(3)]

  • Are manually operated actuation devices that are used in conjunction with alarm systems unobstructed, conspicuous, and readily accessible? [29 CFR 1910.165(e)]

  • Is a written fire prevention plan available that includes the following items? [29 CFR 1910.38(a)(2)]
    * Emergency escape procedures, signals, and routes * Procedures for designated employees who must remain in the facility to shut down equipment before they evacuate * Procedures to account for all building occupants * Rescue and medical duties * Preferred mechanisms for building occupants to report emergencies * Names and job titles of people who can be contacted for more information regarding evacuation plans

  • Has the emergency and fire prevention plan been reviewed with all new and current building occupants? [29 CFR 1910.38(a)(5)(ii) and (b)(4)(ii)]



Exposure Control Plan

  • Has a written exposure control plan been developed? [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(i), (c)(1)(ii), and (c)(2)]

  • Is the written exposure control plan available on request for examination or copying? [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(iii)]

  • Is the written exposure control plan updated yearly? [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv)]

Engineering and Work Practices

  • Do employees follow universal precautions to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(1)]

  • Are handwashing facilities readily accessible? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(2)(iii),(iv)]

  • Do employees wash their hands immediately after removing gloves or other personal protective equipment? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(2)(v)]

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Is personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks, and eye protection provided free to persons potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(i)]

  • Is personal protective equipment of appropriate sizes readily accessible or issued to all employees? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(iii)]

  • Are hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners, powderless gloves, or other similar alternatives readily accessible to those who are allergic to the gloves normally provided? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(iii)]

  • Is personal protective equipment repaired or replaced to maintain its effectiveness? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(v)]

  • Are disposable (single-use) gloves replaced as soon as they are contaminated, torn, punctured or cannot function as a barrier? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(ix)(A)]

  • Is it prohibited to re-use disposable (single-use) gloves? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(ix)(B)]

  • Is there a written method of decontamination and schedule for cleaning of all areas and surfaces that may become contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(i)]

  • Are all equipment and working surfaces cleaned and decontaminated immediately, or as soon as feasible, after contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(ii)]

  • Are contaminated sharps discarded immediately or as soon as feasible into containers? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(1)]

  • Are containers used for sharps disposal closable, puncture resistant, leakproof on sides and bottom, and labeled with a biohazard warning label or colored red? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(1)]

  • Are containers used for sharps disposal easily accessible and located in the area where sharps are used or can be reasonably anticipated to be found? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(2)]

  • Are containers used for sharps disposal replaced routinely and not allowed to overfill? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(2)(ii)]

  • Are sharps containers closed immediately prior to removal or replacement to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents during handling, storage, transport, or shipping? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(3)(i)]

  • Are sharps containers placed in an appropriate secondary container if leakage is possible? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(3)(ii)]

  • Is regulated waste, other than sharps, placed into containers which are: [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(B)(1)]

    a. closable?
    b. constructed to contain all contents and prevent leakage of fluid
    during handling, storage, transport or shipping?
    c. labeled with a bio-hazard warning label or colored red?
    d. closed prior to removal to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents during handling, storage, transport, or shipping?

  • Are garments which have been penetrated by blood or other potentially infectious materials removed immediately or as soon as possible by the user? [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(3)(vi)]

  • Is a confidential medical evaluation and follow-up made available to an exposed person following a report of an exposure incident? [29 CFR 1910.1030(f)(3) and (5)]

  • Are containers of regulated waste labeled with a biohazard warning label? [29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(1)(i)]

  • Is bloodborne pathogen training provided before or at the time of initial assignment where contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials is possible? [29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)(A)]

  • Is bloodborne pathogen refresher training provided at least annually? [29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)(C)]

  • Is the bloodborne pathogen training material appropriate in content and vocabulary to the educational level, literacy, and language of people to be trained? [29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(vi)]

  • Is the person(s) who conducts the bloodborne pathogen training knowledgeable in the subject matter? [29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(viii)]

  • Are training records maintained for at least 3 years? [29 CFR 1910.1030(h)(2)(ii)]



  • Are cylinders stored in upright positions and immobilized by chains or other means to prevent them from being knocked over? [CGA 3.4.4 and 29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Are cylinders stored away from highly flammable substances such as oil, gasoline, or waste? [CGA 3.3.6]

  • Are cylinders stored away from electrical connections, gas flames or other sources of ignition, and substances such as flammable solvents and combustible waste material? [CGA 3.5.1]

  • Is the storage area permanently posted with the names of the gases stored in the cylinders? [CGA 3.3.2 and 29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Do all compressed gas cylinders have their contents and precautionary labeling clearly marked on their exteriors? [29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Are all compressed gas cylinder valve covers in place when cylinders are not in use? [29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Are all compressed gas cylinders stored so they do not interfere with exit paths? [29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Do all compressed gas cylinders have safety pressure relief valves? [29 CFR 1910.101(c)]

  • Are cylinders always maintained at temperatures below 125ºF? [CGA 3.1.12]

  • Are safety relief devices in the valve or on the cylinder free from any indication of tampering? [CGA 3.1.14]

  • Is repair or alteration to the cylinder, valve, or safety relief devices prohibited? [CGA 3.1.15]

  • Is painting cylinders without authorization by the owner prohibited? [CGA 3.1.20]

    Note: Often color codes are used to help designate cylinders. Arbitrary paint is not recommended

  • Are charged or full cylinders labeled and stored away from empty cylinders? [CGA 3.3.4 and 29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Is the bottom of the cylinder protected from the ground to prevent rusting? [CGA 3.3.9]

  • Are compressed gas cylinders always moved, even short distances, by a suitable hand truck? [CGA 3.2.6]

  • Are suitable pressure regulating devices in use whenever the gas is emitted to systems with pressure-rated limitations lower than the cylinder pressure? [CGA 3.4.5]

  • Are all compressed gas cylinder connections such as pressure regulators, manifolds, hoses, gauges, and relief valves checked for integrity and tightness? [29 CFR 1910.101(a)]

  • Are procedures established for when a compressed gas cylinder leak cannot be remedied by simply tightening the valve? [CGA 3.1.6]

    The procedures should include the following:
    a. Attach tag to the cylinder stating it is un-serviceable.
    b. Remove cylinder to a well ventilated out of doors location.
    c. If the gas is flammable or toxic, place an appropriate sign at the cylinder warning of these hazards.
    d. Notify the gas supplier and follow his/her instructions as to the return of the cylinder.

  • Are employees prohibited from using compressed gases (air) to clean clothing or work surfaces? [29 CFR 1910.101(b)]

  • Are compressed gases only handled by experienced and properly trained people? [CGA 3.4.1]



General Energy Control

  • Does the program require that all hazardous energy sources be isolated, locked or tagged, and otherwise disabled before anyone performs any activity where the unexpected energization, startup, or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(1)]

  • Have procedures been developed, documented, and implemented for the control of hazardous energy when working with such equipment? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)]

  • Do the procedures clearly outline the scope, purpose, responsibility, authorization, rules, and techniques to be applied to the control of hazardous energy, and measures to enforce compliance? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)]

  • Do procedures exist for shutting down, isolating, blocking, and securing (locks and tags) energy? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(B)]

  • Do procedures exist and is someone assigned responsibility for removing and transferring locks and tags? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(C)]

  • Do requirements exist for testing a machine or equipment to determine and verify the effectiveness of lockout/tagout and other energy control measures? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(D)]

Protective Materials and Hardware

  • Are locks, tags, chains, adapter pins, or other hardware available for securing or blocking energy sources? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(5)(i)]

  • Do these devices have a provision for identifying the person applying the device? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(5)(ii)(D)]


  • Are inspections conducted at least annually by an authorized person (other than the ones using the energy control procedures) to ensure control procedures are being implemented? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(6)(i)(A)]

  • Is each inspection certified by identifying the machine or equipment on which the energy control procedure was being used, the date of the inspection, the people included in the inspection, and the person performing the inspection? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(6)(ii)]

Training and Communication

  • Is training provided and documented to ensure that the purpose and function of the energy control procedures are understood, and (b) the knowledge and skills required for the safe application and removal of energy controls are acquired? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7)(i)]

  • Is this training repeated periodically when changes or deviations occur in the energy control procedure? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7)(iii)]

Energy-Isolating Devices

  • Are all energy-isolating devices operated only by authorized persons or under the direct supervision of an authorized person? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(8)]

Notification of Employees

  • Are all employees notified of the application and removal of lockout and tagout controls whenever such controls directly affect their work activities? [29 CFR 1910.147(c)(9)]

Application of Control

  • Does the application of energy control follow the sequence listed below? [29 CFR 1910.147(d)] - a. Machine or equipment shutdown by authorized personnel
    b. Machine or equipment isolation: all energy-isolating devices that are needed shall be located and operated in a manner that isolates the machine or equipment from the energy source(s).
    c. Lockout and tagout device application:
    1. Lockout devices shall be affixed in a manner that will hold the energy isolating device in a safe or off position.
    2. Tagout devices shall be affixed in a manner that clearly indicates that the operation or movement of energy isolating devices
    from the safe or off position is prohibited.
    3. If a tag cannot be affixed directly to the energy isolating device, the tag shall be located as close as safely possible to the
    device, in a position that will be immediately obvious to anyone operating the device.
    d. Stored energy: following the application of lockout and tag-out devices, all hazardous, stored, or residual energy shall be relieved, disconnected, restrained, or otherwise rendered safe.
    e. Verification of isolation: before starting work on the isolated equipment or process, an authorized person must verify that isolation and de-energization of the machine or equipment has been accomplished.

  • Has the work area been inspected before the removal of lockout and tagout devices? [29 CFR 1910.147(e)(1)]

  • Has the lockout and tagout device been removed by the person who put it on? [29 CFR 1910.147(e)(3)]



  • Are the rungs, cleats, and steps free of splinters, sharp edges, burrs, or other projections that are hazards? [29 CFR 1910.27(b)(1)(iv)]

  • Do siderails that might be used as a climbing aid provide adequate gripping surface without sharp edges, splinters, or burrs? [29 CFR 1910.27(b)(2)]

  • Are metal ladders painted or treated to protect them from corrosion and rusting when location demands? [29 CFR 1910.27(b)(7)(i)]

  • Are the siderails of ladders extended at least 3-1/2 feet above the landing? [29 CFR 1910.27(d)(3)]

  • Are all ladders inspected regularly and maintained in a safe condition? [29 CFR 1910.27(f)]



Dispensing and Use

  • Are only approved pumps, drawing from the top of the storage containers, used to transfer flammable liquids? [29 CFR 1910.106(e)(2)(iv)(d) and 29 CFR 1926.152(e)(3 & 5)]

  • Are only approved self-closing valves or faucets used in gravity transfer of flammable liquids from storage containers? [29 CFR 1910.106(e)(2)(iv)(d) and 29 CFR 1926.152(e)(3)]

  • Are containers and portable tanks used for flammable liquids electrically bonded or grounded during transfers? [29 CFR 1926.152(e)(2) and 29 CFR1910.106(e)(3)(vi)]

  • Are leaks and spills of flammable or combustible liquids disposed of promptly and safely? [29 CFR 1926.152(f)(2)]

  • Is the use of flames or sources of ignition prohibited in areas where flammable vapors may be present? [NFPA 30]
    Note: 29 CFR 1926.152(f)(3) requires a distance of at least 50 feet between any source of ignition and flammable liquids

Storage and Use Quantities

  • Is storage of flammable and combustible liquids limited to that required for current activities and maintenance? [NFPA 30]

  • Are fewer than 10 gallons of Class I and Class II liquids stored outside of an approved storage cabinet or interior storage room (except in safety cans)? [NFPA 30 4-5.5.3]

  • Are fewer than 25 gallons of flammable liquids stored in safety cans outside of an approved storage cabinet or interior storage room? [NFPA 30: 4-5.5.4 and 29 CFR 1926.152(b)(1)]

  • Are fewer than 60 gallons of Class IIIA liquids stored outside of an approved storage cabinet or interior storage room? [NFPA 30 4-5.5.5]
    Note: OSHA under 29 CFR 1926.152(b)(1) does not permit more than 25 gallons of combustible liquids stored outside of an approved storage cabinet or interior storage room

Design and Capacity of Containers

  • Are only approved containers used for storing flammable or combustible liquids? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(2)(i)]

  • Are flammable and combustible liquid containers stored in accordance with the requirements of Table 1? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(2)(iii)]

  • *Note: Container exemptions: medicines, beverages, foodstuffs, cosmetics, and other common consumer
    items, when packaged according to commonly accepted practices.

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Design, Construction, and Capacity of Storage Cabinets

  • Is storage in cabinets restricted to not more than 60 gallons of Class I or Class II liquids and not more than 120 gallons of Class III liquids? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.152(b)(3)]

  • Are all cabinets labeled in conspicuous lettering: "FLAMMABLE-KEEP FIRE AWAY"? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(ii) and 29 CFR 1926.152(b)(2)(iii)]

  • Is the door provided with a three point lock and a sill raised at least 2 inches above the bottom of the cabinet? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(ii)(a)]

  • Are no more than three (3) cabinets located in one fire area? [NFPA 30]

  • Are cabinet vents sealed unless vented to the outdoors? [NFPA 30]

General Storage Inside and Outside Buildings

  • Is the storage of flammable or combustible liquids prohibited near exits, stairways, or areas normally used for the safe exit of people? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(5)(I)]

  • Is the storage of flammable or combustible liquids prohibited in office areas except that required for maintenance and operation of building and operation of equipment? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(5)(iii)]

    Note: Permitted materials shall be stored in safety cans, in closed metal containers inside
    storage cabinets, or in an inside storage room that does not open into public areas of the

  • Are portable fire extinguishers available at locations where flammable or combustible liquids are stored? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(7) and 29 CFR 1926.152(d)(1)]

    Note: OSHA requires that at least one portable fire extinguisher having a rating of not less than 20-B units be located not less than 25 feet, nor more than 75 feet, from any flammable liquid storage area located outside.

  • Are containers of flammable and combustible liquids closed when not in use? [29 CFR 1910.106(e)(2)(ii) and 29 CFR 1926.152(f)(1)]

  • Are combustible waste materials and residues kept to a minimum, stored in covered metal receptacles, and disposed of daily? [29 CFR 1910.106(e)(9)(iii)]

  • Are flammable and combustible liquids stored in their original container or in an approved safety can? [NFPA 30]

  • Unless the original container is designed to be used, are flammable or combustible liquids transferred to an approved safety can prior to use? [NFPA 30]

  • Are open flames and smoking prohibited in flammable or combustible liquids storage areas? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(7)(iii)]

  • Are storage areas for flammable or combustible liquids kept free from combustible materials? [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(iv)]


  • Are all exit paths free and unobstructed? [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(4)]

    Note: Exit doors must not be locked, barred, or blocked in such a way as to prevent exit from the building.

  • Are wedges or devices holding exit doors open prohibited? [NFPA 101]

  • Are all fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors, and windows free of obstructions that would interfere with the evacuation of the building or the operation of the fire department? [29 CFR 1910.36(d)(1)]

  • Are all doors self closing? [NFPA 101]

  • Is the vertical clearance between sprinklers and material below (such as head deflectors) at least 18 inches? [29 CFR 1910.159(c)(10)]

  • Are accumulations of flammable or combustible waste materials and residues removed so that they will not contribute to a fire? [29 CFR 1910.38(b)(3)]

    Note: Examples of violations include open boxes of papers stored under the stairs and stored empty cardboard boxes.

  • Is adequate clearance maintained between stored materials and light fixtures to prevent possible ignition? [NFPA 231]

  • Is the clearance between stored materials and unit heaters, radiant space heaters, furnace ducts, and flues not less than three feet in all directions or in accordance with the clearances shown on the approval agency label? [NFPA 231]

  • Do materials and artwork cover 20% or less of the wall area? [NFPA 1]


  • Are work areas kept clean and free from debris to the greatest extent practical given the types of activities being performed? [29 CFR 1910.141(a)(3)(i)]

  • Are rooms maintained, as far as reasonably practicable, to prevent the entrance or harborage of rodents, insects, and other vermin? [29 CFR1910.141(a)(5)]

  • Is water available that is suitable for drinking, personal hygiene, food preparation or cleaning? [29 CFR 1910.141(b)(1)(i)]

  • Are all nondrinkable water outlets clearly marked as such? [29 CFR 1910.141(b)(2)(i)]

  • Are lavatories equipped with hot and cold running water, hand soap, and towels or driers? [29 CFR 1910.141(d)(2)(ii),(iii),(iv)]

  • Is the consumption of food and beverages prohibited in or near toilet rooms or areas containing toxic materials? [29 CFR 1910.141(g)(2)]

  • Is storage of food or beverages prohibited in toilet rooms or in an area exposed to a toxic material? [29 CFR 1910.141(g)(4)]

  • Where employees are required to wear protective clothing, are change rooms provided with storage facilities for street clothes and separate storage facilities for the protective clothing? [29 CFR 1910.141(e)]

  • Is material stored so as not to create a hazard? [29 CFR 1910.176(b)]

    Note: Bags, containers, bundles, etc., stored in tiers must be stacked, blocked, interlocked, and limited in height so that they are stable and secured against sliding and collapse.

  • Are storage areas kept free from hazards that may cause tripping, fire, explosion, or pest harborage? [29 CFR 1910.176(c)]

  • Is sufficient safe clearance available through aisles, loading docks, turns, or doorways when mechanical handling equipment is used? [29 CFR 1910.176(a)]

  • Are all passageways, work areas, storerooms, and washing facilities kept orderly and sanitary? [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(1)]

    Note: Examples of violations include floor areas strewn with lumber, tires, books, and boxes.

  • Are all floors kept clean and as far as possible dry? [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(2)]

  • Are all floors kept free of protruding nails, splinters, holes, or loose boards? [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(3) and 1910.141(a)(3)(iii)]

  • Are aisles and passageways kept clear and in good repair, with no obstructions that could create a hazard? [29 CFR 1910.22(b)(1)]

  • Are covers and/or guardrails provided to protect people from falling into pits, tanks, vats, ditches, etc.? [29 CFR 1910.22(c)] (see
    checklist Guarding Floor, Stairs, and Other Openings)

  • Are areas used for storage of materials marked with conspicuous signs that indicate the load-bearing capacity of the floor? [29 CFR 1910.22(d)(1)]

  • Is the weight of stored materials assessed to ensure that it is below the load-bearing capacity of the floor? [29 CFR 1910.22(d)(2)]


Hazard Communication Program

  • Has a written hazard communication program been developed, implemented, and maintained at your worksite? [29 CFR 1910.1200(e)(1)]

  • Has a list of known hazardous chemicals at your facility been prepared? [29 CFR 1910.1200(e)(1)(i)]

  • Have methods been developed to inform employees of the hazards of non-routine tasks? [29 CFR 1910.1200(e)(1)(ii)]

    Note: Such tasks may include emergency response or equipment repair.

  • Are methods developed for communicating hazards to outside contractors or vendors who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals at your worksite? [29 CFR 1910.1200(e)(2)]


  • Are all containers of hazardous chemicals in the workplace labeled, tagged, or marked with the following information? [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(1)]

    • The identity of the hazardous chemical(s)
    • The appropriate warnings
    • The name and address of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party

    Note: Labels must be affixed to all containers of hazardous chemicals when they are shipped by a manufacturer or supplier. If the container is received without a hazard warning label, you must make a good faith effort to obtain the
    missing information from the manufacturer or supplier. The following hazardous chemicals are exempt from this labeling requirement, although subject to other labeling requirements: pesticides, foods, food additives, color additives, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, alcoholic beverages, consumer products, hazardous waste, tobacco products, and wood products.

  • Are labels or other forms of warnings legible, in English, and prominently displayed? [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(9)]

Safety Data Sheets

  • Are material safety data sheets on hand for each hazardous chemicals used and identified on the hazardous chemicals list? [29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(1)]

  • If a hazardous chemical has no material safety data sheet, are attempts made to obtain one from the chemical manufacturer or importer as soon as possible? [29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(6)(iii)]

  • Are material safety data sheets for the hazardous chemicals kept in the facility and made readily accessible to employees? [29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(10)]

Information and Training

  • Is information and training on hazardous chemicals in the worksite provided on initial assignment and whenever new physical hazards or health hazards are introduced into the work area? [29 CFR 1910.1200(h)(1)]

  • Does the information provided include the requirements of this standard, as well as the following? [29 CFR 1910.1200(h)(2)]

    • The operations at the work-site where hazardous chemicals are present
    • The location and availability of the written hazard communication program, including the list of hazardous chemicals and material safety data sheets

  • Does the training provided include information about the following? [29 CFR 1910.1200(h)(3)]

    • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemicals in the work area (such as monitoring conducted by the employer, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc)

    • The physical hazards and health hazards of the chemicals in the work area

    • The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards, including procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposures to hazardous chemicals (appropriate work practices, emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment)

    • The details of the hazard communication program developed by the employer, including explanations of the labeling system, material safety data sheets, and how employees can obtain and use the appropriate hazard information.


Generators of Regulated Amounts of Hazardous Waste

  • Does the container storing hazardous waste meet US Department of Transportation container requirements? [40 CFR 262.30]

  • Is the container storing hazardous waste in good condition? [40 CFR 265.171]

  • Is the container storing hazardous waste compatible with the waste material? (For instance, solvents and paint waste should be placed in steel drums, but acidic or alkaline waste should not be placed in steel drums.) [40 CFR

  • Is the container storing hazardous waste kept securely closed when not in use? [40 CFR 265.173a]

  • Is the container storing hazardous waste at or near the point of generation and under the operator's control? [40 CFR 262.34(c)(1)]

  • Is the container storing hazardous waste marked with the words "Hazardous Waste"? [40 CFR 262.34(a)(3)]

  • If the container is being shipped for disposal, have arrangements been made for a Licensed Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facility to accept your hazardous wastes? [40 CFR 265.20]

    Note: Although the employer is responsible for completing manifest forms, the TSD facility handling your waste should be consulted about completing the paperwork necessary to ship hazardous waste. [40 CFR 262.20]

  • If the container is being shipped for disposal, have arrangements with a registered Hazardous Waste Hauler been made for transport of wastes to the TSD facility? [40 CFR 262.20]

  • Have Hazardous waste manifests been completed for all shipments of hazardous wastes within your state (or other State's Manifest for shipments to other States)? [40 CFR 262.20]

  • Has a copy of the manifest with the signature of the initial transporter and date of shipment been retained by the employer? [40 CFR 262.23(a)]

  • Has the Hauler been supplied with all remaining copies of the manifest? [40 CFR 262.23(b)]

  • Have Land Ban forms been completed prohibiting land disposal of affected wastes unless treated below regulatory levels? [40 CFR 268.7]

  • Have appropriate markings and labels been affixed to containers prior to shipment? [40 CFR 262.31 and 262.32]

  • Has the employer kept a copy of each signed manifest for at least three years, or until a copy if received from the owner and operator of the facility which received the waste for at least three years? [40 CFR 262.40(a)]

  • Has the employer prepared and submitted a copy of a Biennial Report to the EPA Regional Administrator by March 1 of each even numbered year for all hazardous waste shipped off-site for treatment, storage or disposal?
    [40 CFR 262.41]

Satellite Accumulation Sites

  • Is the quantity of waste less than 55 gallons or less than 1 quart for acutely toxic waste? [40 CFR 262.34(c)(1)]

Small Quantity Generator (Generate between 100 and 1000 Kilograms of Hazardous Waste Per Month

  • Have hazardous waste containers been accumulated at your facility for 180 days or less? [40 CFR 262.34(f)]

    Note: If you store hazardous waste for more than 180 days, additional regulations apply which are not covered in this checklist. Contact your state environmental agency for additional information. The quantity of waste accumulated on-site may never exceed 6000 kilograms. Wastes may be stored longer than 180 days for certain situations.

  • Are containers marked with accumulation start date? [40 CFR 262.34(a)(2)]

  • Are container labels visible? [40 CFR 262.34(a)(2)]

  • Are containers segregated according to waste type? [40 CFR 265.177]

  • Are the containers inspected weekly? [40 CFR 265.174]

  • Is there adequate aisle space between container rows?

    Note: 18 inches between single stacked drums and 30 inches between double or triple stacked drums [40 CFR 265.35]

  • Is there immediate access to communication or alarm systems whenever hazardous waste is poured, mixed or handled? [40 CFR 265.32 and 265.34(a)(b)]

  • Is there an adequate supply of fire extinguishers and spill control equipment in the accumulation area? [40 CFR 265.32(c)]

  • Is the fire fighting equipment, communications and alarm equipment, and decontamination equipment, spill control and water supply tested and maintained? [40 CFR 265.33]

  • Have the police, fire department and emergency response teams been familiarized with the layout of the facility? [40 CFR 265.37(a)(1)]

  • Is there an emergency coordinator on-site or on call who is available to respond to an emergency? [40 CFR 262.34(d)(5)(i)
    Note: The emergency coordinator or his designee must respond to any emergencies that arise.

  • Is the following information posted next to the telephone: the name and telephone number of the emergency coordinator; the location of fire extinguishers and spill control material, and, if present, fire alarm; and the
    telephone number of the fire department, unless the facility has a direct alarm? [40 CFR 262.34(d)(5)(ii)]

    Note: In the event of a fire, explosion or other release which could threaten human health outside the facility or when the generator has knowledge that a spill has reached surface water, the generator must immediately notify the National Response Center (using their 24-hour toll free number 800-424-8802. [40 CFR 262.34(d)(5)(iv)(c)]

  • Are all employees thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures, relevant to their responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies? [40 CFR 262.34(d)(5)(iii)]



  • Has your facility been tested for radon, and have radon-mitigation systems installed where needed?

  • Does your facility use integrated pest management principles in all areas?

  • Is spot-treatment of pesticides used to control infested areas?

  • Have painted surfaces in your facility been tested for lead-based paint, and has a lead control or removal program been implemented?

  • Are buildings inspected once or twice each year for conditions that may lead to indoor air quality problems?

  • Is a preventive maintenance schedule established and in operation for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system? Is the schedule in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations or accepted practice for the HVAC system?

  • Does the HVAC preventive maintenance schedule include the following?: checking and/or changing air filters and belts, lubricating equipment parts, checking the motors, and confirming that all equipment is in operating order.

  • Are damaged or inoperable components of the HVAC system replaced or repaired as appropriate?

  • Are reservoirs or parts of the HVAC system with standing water checked visually for microbial growth?

  • Are water leaks that could promote growth of biologic agents promptly repaired?

  • Are damp or wet materials that could promote growth of biologic agents promptly dried, replaced, removed, or cleaned?

  • Are microbial contaminants removed from ductwork, humidifiers, other HVAC and building system components, and from building surfaces such as carpeting and ceiling tiles when found during regular or emergency maintenance activities or visual inspection?

  • When point sources generate airborne concentrations of contaminants above applicable limits, are local exhaust ventilation or substitution used to reduce the exposure concentrations to below the limits?

  • When the temperature is outside of the range of 68 to 79ºF, is the HVAC system checked and repaired as necessary to ensure the system is operating properly?

  • Are humidity levels maintained between 30% to 60% relative humidity?

  • When a contaminant is identified in the make-up air supply, is the source of the contaminant eliminated, or are the make-up inlets or exhaust air outlets relocated to avoid entry of the contaminant into the air system?

  • If buildings do not have mechanical ventilation, are windows, doors, vents, stacks, and other portals used for natural ventilation operating properly?

  • Are complaints promptly investigated that may involve a building-related illness?



  • Is the maintenance schedule updated to show all maintenance performed on the building systems?

  • Does the maintenance schedule include the dates that the building systems maintenance was performed and the names
    of the persons or companies performing the work?

  • Are maintenance schedules retained for at least three years?



  • Do jacks in use have a rating sufficient to lift and sustain the loads? [29 CFR 1910.244(a)(1)(i)]

  • Is the rated load legibly and permanently marked in a prominent location on the jack by casting, stamping, or other suitable means?
    [29 CFR 1910.244(a)(1)(ii) and 1926.305(a)(1)]

  • Are operators instructed to watch the stop indicator (which must be kept clean) in order to determine the limit of travel? [29 CFR 1910.244(a)(2)(ii)]

  • Are all jacks properly lubricated at regular intervals? [29 CFR 1910.244(a)(2)(v) and 1926.305(d)(1)(iii)]

  • Is each jack thoroughly inspected? [29 CFR 1910.244(a)(2)(vi) and 1926.305(d)(1)(iv)]

  • Are jacks that are used constantly or intermittently at one locality thoroughly inspected at least every six months? [29 CFR 1910.244(a)(2)(vi)(a) and 1926.305(d)(1)(iv)(a)]


  • Are all machines guarded to protect the operator and other people in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, in-going nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks? [29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1)]

  • Is the point of operation guarded, in conformity with appropriate standards, if operation of machinery exposes individuals to injury? [29 CFR 1910.212(a)(3)(ii)]

    Note: In the absence of applicable specific standards, guarding shall be so designed and constructed as to prevent the operator from having any part of his/her body in the danger zone during the operating cycle. Examples of cited violations include: paper cutters had no finger guards, a radial arm saw's blade protruded beyond the edge of the cutting table during its operating cycle, bench and pedestal drills had no bit guards, and lathes had no shields.

  • Are guards attached to the machine when possible, and if that is not possible, attached elsewhere? [29 CFR 1910.212(a)(2)]

  • Are all fans less than 7 feet from the floor equipped with guards that have openings no larger than one-half (1/2) inch?
    [29 CFR 1910.212(a)(5)]

    Note: Examples of cited violations include: exhaust fan blades and floor fans were not provided with protective guards, a portable table fan had a blade guard whose openings were approximately one inch in width, and a guard was broken creating a hole approximately 4" x 2."

  • Is all machinery designed for a fixed location securely anchored to prevent "walking" or "moving?" [29 CFR 1910.212(b)]

  • Are all machines and equipment requiring the presence of an operator not left unattended while in operation or still in motion? [Recommended]

  • Are all machines provided with a power cut off switch that can be reached from the operating position? [Recommended]

  • Are all machine operating controls easily reachable from the standard operating position and away from any hazardous point of operation? [29 CFR 1910.213(b)(4)]

  • Are all electrically powered machines provided with a positive means for rendering the motor starting controls inoperative while repairs or tool changes are being made? [29 CFR 1910.213(b)(5)]

  • Are all power tools and machines which generate dust connected to a dust collection system? [Recommended]

  • If required in your state, are dust collections systems permitted by the appropriate state agency? [see the Air Pollution Control checklist]


  • Are exits provided to permit the prompt escape of occupants in case of fire or other emergency? [29 CFR 1910.36 (b)(1)]

  • Are exits maintained so as to provide free and unobstructed egress or escape when the room is occupied? [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(4)]
    Note: No locks, chains, or fastenings to prevent free escape from the inside are permitted.

  • Does every building or area have two exits if one exit could be blocked because of a fire, smoke, or other emergency?
    [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(8)]

  • Do exit doors swing in the direction of travel when an area is occupied by more than 50 people or where hazardous operations are conducted? [29 CFR 1910.37(f)(2)]

  • Are all exit doors and paths of exit 28 inches or more in width? [29 CFR 1910.37(f)(6)]

    Note: Examples of violations include a stack of wood restricting the exit to 14 inches, a space of only 17 inches between the desk and the wall, and a space of only 14 inches between desks.

  • Are means of egress or exit designed and maintained to provide adequate head room, with the ceiling height at least 7-1/2 feet and any projection from the ceiling more than 6 feet 8 inches from the floor? [29 CFR 1910.37(i)]

  • Is every exit clearly visible and the route to it conspicuously indicated so everyone readily knows the direction of escape from any point? [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(5) and 29 CFR 1910.37(f)(4) and (l)(1)]

  • In areas equipped for artificial illumination, do all exit paths have adequate and reliable illumination? [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(6)]

  • Are exits prohibited through bathrooms or other rooms subject to locking?

  • Is storage of flammable or combustible materials in exit corridors prohibited? [recommended]

  • Is the use of highly flammable furnishings or decorations prohibited? [29 CFR 1910.37(l)(2)]


  • Is access to exits marked by readily visible signs and arrows when the way to reach it is not immediately visible?
    [29 CFR 1910.37(q)(1) and (5)]

  • Are doors, passageways or stairways that are neither exits nor a way to an exit, and which can be mistaken for an exit, marked with a sign reading "Not An Exit" or similar designation? [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(5) and 29 CFR 1910.37(q)(2)]

    Note: Other appropriate markings would be "To Basement," "To Storeroom," "To Linen Closet," etc.

  • Are exit signs clearly visible, distinctive in color, and easily distinguished from decorations, interior finish, and other signs? [29 CFR 1910.37(q) (3) and (4)]

    Note: The following are prohibited: decorations, furnishings, or equipment that impair the visibility of exit signs; and any brightly illuminated sign, display, or object in or near the line of vision of the egress sign that detracts attention from the egress sign so that it is not noticed.

  • Is every exit sign illuminated by a reliable light source? [29 CFR 1910.37(q)(6)]

  • In areas where reduction of normal illumination is permitted, are exit signs internally illuminated? [29 CFR 1910.37(q)(7)]

  • Does every exit sign have the word "Exit" in plainly legible letters not less than 6 inches high, with the principal strokes of letters not less than three- fourths-inch wide? [29 CFR 1910.37(q)(8)]


  • Are medical personnel readily available for advice and consultation on work related health issues? [29 CFR 1910.151(a)]

  • If a hospital, clinic or infirmary is not proximate to areas where employees are located, is at least one person available who is adequately trained to render first aid? [29 CFR 1910.151(b)]

  • Are adequate first aid supplies readily available? [29 CFR 1910.151(b)]

  • Are suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body available in work areas where the eyes or body may be exposed to corrosive materials? [29 CFR 1910.151(c)]

  • Do all employees handling blood and body fluids in an emergency follow universal precautions? [29 CFR 1910.1030]


  • Are all exposed surfaces of mobile ladder stands free from sharp edges, burrs, or other safety hazards? [29 CFR 1910.29(a)(2)(v)]

  • Is the maximum work level height less than or equal to four times the minimum or least base dimension of the mobile ladder stand? [29 CFR 1910.29(a)(3)(i)]

    Note: Suitable outrigger frames may be used to achieve the required base dimension or other means used to guy or brace the unit against tipping.

  • Is the minimum step width for ladder stands 16 inches? [29 CFR 1910.29(a)(3)(ii)]

  • Are the steps of ladder stands fabricated from slip-resistant treads? [29 CFR 1910.29(a)(3)(iv)]

  • Are steps of mobile ladder stands uniformly spaced? [29 CFR 1910.29(f)(3)]

  • Are mobile ladder stands with more than five steps equipped with handrails? [29 CFR 1910.29(f)(4)(i)]

  • Are the handrails at least 29 inches high? [29 CFR 1910.29(f)(4)(ii)]

  • Are all ladder stands with a work level 10 feet or higher above the ground or floor equipped with a standard (4-inch nominal) toeboard? [29 CFR 1910.29(a)(3)(vi)]


  • Have all operations or equipment believed to exceed an 8 hour time- weighted average of 85 dBA been measured to determine their noise levels? [29 CFR 1910.95(d)(1)]

  • If noise levels from operations or equipment equal or exceed 85 dBA, has personal noise dosimetry been performed on exposed persons to determine their 8-hour time-weighted-averages? [29 CFR 1910.95(d)(1)(ii)]

  • Does the employer administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program when noise exposures equal or exceed 85 dBA as an 8-hour time- weighted-average? [29 CFR 1910.95(c)

  • Are hearing protectors available at no cost to all persons exposed to noise levels at or above 85 dBA as an 8-hour time-weighted- average? [29 CFR 1910.95(i)(1)]

  • Have feasible engineering or administrative controls been used to reduce operation or equipment noise levels to below 90 dBA as an 8- hour time- weighted-average? [29 CFR 1910.95(b)(1)]

  • Are noise measurements repeated when a change in operations or equipment may increase noise exposure? [29 CFR 1910.95(d)(3)]

  • Are employees permitted to observe noise measurements? [29 CFR 1910.95(f)]

  • Are employees notified of noise monitoring results when exposures equal or exceed 85 dBA as an 8-hour time-weighted-average? [29 CFR 1910.95(e)]

  • Are hearing protectors evaluated to verify that they effectively reduce noise to levels below 85 dBA as an 8-hour time-weighted-average? [29 CFR 1910.95(j)(1)]

  • Are noise measurement records maintained for at least two years? [29 CFR 1910.95(m)(3)(i)]

  • Are employees' hearing test records maintained for the duration of matriculation or employment? [29 CFR 1910.95(m)(i)]

  • Is a copy of the OSHA noise standard available to employees, with a copy posted in work area? [29 CFR 1910.95(l)(1)]

  • If noise measurements indicate an 8-hour time- weighted-average of 85 dBA or greater, are baseline and annual audiometric tests given at no cost to employees using properly calibrated testing equipment? [29 CFR 1910.95 (g)(1),(2),(3),(4),and(h)]

  • Are audiometric tests preceded by at least 14 hours without career- technical or occupational noise exposure? [29 CFR 1910.95(g)(5)(iii)]

  • Are audiometric tests conducted by a licensed or certified audiologist; otolaryngologist, or other physician; or by a technician who is certified by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation or who has demonstrated competence in administering audiometric tests? [29 CFR 1910.95(g)(3)]

  • If audiometric tests show hearing loss due to noise exposure at work, are procedures in place for appropriate referrals, mandatory use of hearing protection, and training? [29 CFR 1910.95(g)(8)(ii)(a)(b),and(c)]

  • Do all employees exposed to 85 dBA or above as an 8-hour time- weighted-average receive hearing conservation training when they begin work and annually thereafter? [29 CFR 1910.95(k)(1)and(2)]


  • Has a hazard assessment been conducted in the workplace to identify possible hazards that would require the use of PPE? [29 CFR 1910.132(d)(1)] Note: The OSHA standard has a non-mandatory Appendix B which contains example procedures for conducting a hazard assessment.

  • Is there a written certification of hazard assessment which identifies the workplace evaluated, the person certifying that the evaluation has been performed, and the date(s) of the hazard assessment? [29 CFR 1910.132(d)(2)]

  • Based on the hazards identified, has PPE been selected for all appropriate individuals? [29 CFR 1910.132(d)(1)(i)]

  • Have individuals involved been informed of the PPE selection decisions? [29 CFR 1910.132(d)(1)(ii)]

  • If PPE is necessary to prevent injury or impairment by exposure to chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants through absorption, inhalation or physical contact, is it provided? [29 CFR 1910.132(a) and 1926.95(a)]

  • Has the selected PPE been fitted to appropriate individuals? [29 CFR 1910.132(d)(1)(iii)]

  • Is PPE maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition? [29 CFR 1910.132(a) and 1926.95(a) and (b)]

  • Do appropriate individuals use the PPE selected? [29 CFR 1910.132(d)(1)(i)]

  • Is defective or damaged PPE removed from service immediately? (shall not be used) [29 CFR 1910.132(e)]


  • Has each individual who is required to use PPE been provided with training? [29 CFR 1910.132(f)(1)]

  • Has training on PPE included all of the following elements: when PPE is necessary; what PPE is necessary; how to properly don, doff, adjust, and wear PPE; the limitations of the PPE; and the proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the PPE. [29 CFR 1910.132(f)(1)(i)-(iv)]

  • Are individuals retrained when there is reason to believe that they do not have the understanding or skill to use PPE properly? [29 CFR 1910.132(f)(3)]

  • Is retraining conducted whenever changes in the workplace or changes in types of PPE make previous training obsolete? [29 CFR 1910.132(f)(3)(i)-(iii)]

Head, Foot, and Hand Protection

  • Is protective footwear used wherever there is the danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where feet are exposed to electrical hazards? [29 CFR 1910.136(a)]

  • Does protective footwear that is used in the workplace that was purchased prior to July 5, 1994 meet the requirements of the American National Standard for Men's Safety-Toe Footwear, ANSI Z41.1-1967? [29 CFR 1910.136(b)(2)]

  • Does protective footwear that is used in the workplace that was purchased after July 5, 1994 meet the requirements of the American National Standard for Personal Protection--Protective Footwear, ANSI Z41-1991? [29 CFR 1910.136(b)(1)]

  • Are appropriate protective gloves used wherever there is the danger to hands of exposure to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances, severe cuts or lacerations, severe abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, thermal burns, and harmful temperature extremes? [29 CFR 1910.138(a)]

Eye and Face Protection

  • Are individuals issued and required to wear appropriate eye protective devices while participating or observing activities which present a potential eye safety hazard? [29 CFR 1910.133(a) and 1926.102(a)]

  • Do all protective eye and face devices purchased after July 5, 1994 comply with Z87.1-1989? [29 CFR 1910.133(b) and 1926.102(a)(2)]

Posting Requirements

  • Are all shop entrances, areas and equipment requiring the use of PPE devices posted with a sign indicating this requirement? [29 CFR 1910.145(c)(3)]


Voluntary Use of Filtering Facepieces (Dust Masks)

  • Are filtering facepieces (dust masks) provided which are clean and uncontaminated? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(2)]

  • Does the use of the dust mask not interfere with the individual's ability to work safely? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(2)]

Respirators Required or Respirators Needed to Protect an Individual's Health

  • Have engineering controls been employed, where possible, to prevent or reduce atmospheric contamination? [29 CFR 1910.134(a)(1)]

  • Is there a written respiratory protection program? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)]

  • Does the written respiratory protection program include procedures for selecting respirators for use in the workplace? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(i)]

  • Does the written respiratory protection program include medical evaluations of individuals who will wear respirators?
    [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(ii)]

  • Does the written respiratory protection program include fit testing procedures for tight-fitting respirators? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(iii)]

  • Does the written respiratory protection program include procedures to ensure adequate air quality, quantity, and flow of breathing air for atmosphere- supplying respirators? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(vi)]

  • Does the written respiratory protection program include training of individuals in the proper use of respirators, including putting on and removing them, limitations of use, and their maintenance? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(viii)]

  • Does the written respiratory protection program include procedures for regularly evaluating the effectiveness of the program?
    [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(ix)]

  • Has a program administrator been designated who is qualified by appropriate training and experience to administer or oversee the respiratory protection program and conduct the required evaluations of program effectiveness? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(3)]

  • Are respirators, training, and medical evaluations provided at no cost to individuals? [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(4)]

  • Are respirators selected on the basis of the anticipated hazards? [29 CFR 1910.134(d)(1)(i)]

  • Are all respirators NIOSH certified? [29 CFR 1910.134(d)(1)(ii)]

  • Has a potential respiratory hazard(s) been identified and evaluated? [29 CFR 1910.134(d)(1)(iii)]

  • Are medical evaluations performed, before a respirator is used in the workplace, to determine an individual's ability to use a respirator? [29 CFR 1910.134(e)(1)]

  • Has an appropriate qualitative fit test or quantitative fit test been conducted on individuals who are using tight-fitting respirators? [29 CFR 1910.134(f)(1)] Note: A record of the fit test should be maintained to document compliance.

  • Is the wearing of tight-fitting respirator facepieces prohibited whenever any condition that interferes with the face-to-facepiece seal or valve function is present? [29 CFR 1910.134(g)(1)(i)]

  • Are corrective glasses or goggles or other personal protective equipment worn so as not to interfere with the seal of the facepiece to the face of the user? [29 CFR 1910.134(g)(1)(ii)]

  • Is a user seal check performed by the employee each time a tight fitting respirator is put on? [29 CFR 1920.134(g)(1)(iii)]

  • Do individuals leave the respirator use area to wash their faces and facepieces as necessary, to replace filter, cartridge, or canister elements, or if they detect vapor or gas breakthrough, changes in breathing resistance, or facepiece leakage? [29 CFR 1910.134(g)(2)(ii)]

  • Are respirators which are issued for the exclusive use of an individual cleaned and disinfected as often as necessary to be maintained in a sanitary condition? [29 CFR 1910.134(h)(1)(i)]

  • Are respirators stored so as to be protected from damage, contamination, dust, sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture or damaging chemicals? [29 CFR 1910.134(h)(2)(i)]

  • Are respirators which are used routinely inspected before each use and during cleaning? [29 CFR 1910.134(h)(3)(1)(A)]

  • Are respirators that fail an inspection or are otherwise found to be defective removed from service and either discarded or repaired? [29 CFR 1910.134(h)(4)]

  • Does compressed breathing air meet the requirements for Grade D Breathing Air? [29 CFR 1910.134(i)(1)(ii)]

  • Are compressors used to supply breathing air situated so as to prevent entry of contaminated air into the air supply system? [29 CFR 1910.134(i)(5)(i)]

  • Are compressors used to supply breathing air constructed so as to minimize moisture content? [29 CFR 1910.134(i)(5)(ii)]

  • Are filters, cartridges and canisters labeled and color-coded with the NIOSH approval label? [29 CFR 1910.134(j)]

  • Has training been provided to individuals who wear respirators on why the respirator is necessary and its proper use, fit, and maintenance? [29 CFR 1910.134(k)(1)(i)]

  • Has training been provided to individuals who wear respirators on the capabilities and limitations of the respirator? [29 CFR 1910.134(k)(1)(ii)]

  • Has training been provided to individuals who wear respirators on how to use the respirator in emergency situations? [29 CFR 1910.134(k)(1)(iii)]

  • Has training been provided to individuals who wear respirators on how to inspect, put on and remove, use, and check the seals of the respirator? [29 CFR 1910.134(k)(1)(iv)]

  • Has training been provided to individuals who wear respirators on procedures for maintenance and storage of the respirator? [29 CFR 1910.134(k)(1)(v)]

  • Are workplace evaluations conducted to ensure that the written respiratory protection program is being properly implemented? [29 CFR 1910.134(l)]

  • Are records maintained for 30 years regarding medical evaluations, fit testing, and the respirator program? [29 CFR 1910.134(m)]


  • Are all portable fire extinguishers approved? [29 CFR 1910.157(c)(2)]

  • Are portable fire extinguishers using carbon tetrachloride or chlorobromomethane prohibited? [29 CFR 1910.157(c)(3)]

  • Are portable fire extinguishers mounted, located, and identified so that they are readily accessible? [29 CFR 1910.157(c)(1)]

  • Are portable fire extinguishers fully charged, operable, and kept in their designated places at all times? [29 CFR 1910.157(c)(4)]

  • If fire extinguishers are enclosed in cabinets, is access to the cabinet unobstructed and is the cabinet clearly visible? [recommended]

  • If fire extinguishers are enclosed in cabinets with opaque doors, are doors unlocked, and are the cabinet contents indicated on the outside? [recommended]

  • Are extinguishers installed on the hangers or on the supplied brackets, mounted in cabinets, or set on shelves unless the extinguishers are of the wheeled type? [recommended]

  • Are extinguishers installed where they are subject to physical damage protected from impact? [recommended]

Selection and Distribution

  • Is at least one fire extinguisher available in each laboratory, shop, or other career-technical room, and one fire extinguisher available for each 2,500 square feet of floor area? [recommended]

  • According to the table that follows, are portable fire extinguishers selected and distributed based on the classes (see class definitions at end of checklist) of anticipated fires and on the size and degree of hazard that would affect their use? [29 CFR 1910.157(d)(1)]

  • Uniformly spaced standpipe systems or hose stations connected to a sprinkler system installed for emergency use may be used instead of Class A portable fire extinguishers. Depending on size of extinguisher and size of fire hazard, a maximum 30 feet travel distance may be required. Use existing Class A or Class B hazards to determine the required pattern. Required where combustible metal powders, flakes, shavings or similarly sized products are generated at least once very two weeks.


Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing

  • Are portable fire extinguishers inspected monthly? [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(2)]

  • Are portable fire extinguishers subjected to an annual maintenance check? [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(3)]

  • Does each extinguisher have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year the inspection, maintenance, states that recharging was performed and identifies the person performing the service? [recommended]

  • Are records of the annual maintenance check kept and retained for at least a year? [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(3)]

  • When portable fire extinguishers are removed for service, are standby or spare units temporarily installed of the same type and capacity? [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(5)]

  • Are stored pressure dry chemical extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test emptied and subjected to applicable maintenance procedures every 6 years? [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(4)]

Hydrostatic Testing

  • Are extinguishers hydrostatically tested at the intervals listed in the table below? [29 CFR 1910.157(f)(2)]

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  • Is hydrostatic testing performed by trained persons with suitable testing equipment and facilities? [29 CFR 1910.157(f)(1)]

  • Are hydrostatic testing certification records maintained that show the date of the test, the signature of the person who performed the test, and the serial number (or other identifier) of the fire extinguisher that was tested? [29 CFR 1910.157(f)(16)]


  • Spray Booths shall have a clear space of not less than 3 feet on all sides that shall be kept free from storage or combustible construction.

  • Are smoking and open flames prohibited in any spray-finishing area? [NFPA 1 and 33]

  • Are spraying areas posted with a conspicuous sign reading No Smoking? [29 CFR 1910.107(g)(7)]

  • Is an adequate supply of portable fire extinguishers near all spraying areas? [29 CFR 1910.107(f)(4)]

  • Are approved metal waste cans with self-closing lids provided wherever rags or waste are impregnated with finishing material? Are all such rags or waste deposited there immediately after use? [NFPA 1 and 33]


  • Are spray booths substantially constructed with securely and rigidly supported steel, concrete, or masonry? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(1)]

  • Are floor and baffle plates in spray booths constructed of noncombustible material? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(3)(iii)]

  • Are spray booth interiors smooth and continuous, without edges, and designed to prevent accumulation of residues? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(2)]

  • Are spraying operations and booths separated from other operations by at least three feet or a partition or wall to reduce the hazard? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(8)]

  • Are spray booths installed so that all portions are readily accessible for cleaning? [NFPA 1 and 33]

  • When spraying areas are illuminated through glass panels or other translucent materials, are only fixed lighting units used as a source of illumination? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(10)]

  • 11. Are all motors, wiring, and lighting fixtures that are not separated by a partition and located within 20 feet from spray finishing operations explosion proof? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(3) and 1910.107(c)(6)]

  • Are spray booths interiors protected with an automatic fire sprinkler system? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(5)(iv)]

  • Are hot surfaces such as space heaters, appliances, and steam pipes located away from spray-finishing operations? [29 CFR 1910.107(c)(3)]

  • 14. Are all metal parts of spray booths, exhaust ducts, and piping systems effectively and permanently grounded?
    [29 CFR 1910.107(c)(9)(i)]

Operations and Maintenance

  • Are spray booth interiors free from accumulated deposits? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(2) and (g)(2)]

  • Are tools used for scraping residues and debris nonsparking? [29 CFR 1910.107(g)(2)]

  • Are residue scrapings and debris immediately removed from the premises and disposed of properly? [29 CFR 1910.107(g)(3)]

  • Are cleaning operations using flammable or combustible solvents conducted inside spray booths, with the ventilating equipment operating during the cleaning procedure? [NFPA 33]

  • Are fire sprinkler heads kept free of accumulated deposits? [29 CFR 1910.107(f)(3)]

  • Are spray booth overspray filters regularly inspected, cleaned, and replaced? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(3)(iii)(a)]

  • Is at least 3 feet on all sides of a spray booth maintained free of any stored combustible materials? [NFPA 33]

Flammable and Combustible Liquids

  • Is only the quantity of flammable or combustible liquids required for one day kept near spraying operations? [29 CFR 1910.107(e)(2)]

  • Are all flammable and combustible liquids transported in closed containers, approved portable tanks, approved safety cans, or closed piping? [29 CFR 1910.107(e)(3)]

  • When flammable liquids are transferred from one container to another, are both containers bonded and grounded? [29 CFR 1910.107(e)(6)(iv)]


  • Are spraying areas provided with mechanical ventilation that is kept in use during spraying? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(2)]

  • Do spraying operations have sufficient ventilation to maintain individual exposures to within acceptable limits? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(4)(iii)]

  • Are spray booths designed to sweep air currents toward the exhaust outlet? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(a)]

  • Are exhaust ventilation systems well constructed and in good working order? [29 CFR 1910.94(a)(5),(6),(7)]

  • Is the average velocity of air flowing into the face of spray booths maintained at least 100 feet per minute? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(6)(i) and 1910.107(b)(5)(i)] Note: Electrostatic spraying operations may be conducted with an average air velocity of at least 60 feet per minute.

  • Are visible gauges, audible alarms, or pressure-activated devices installed to indicate or insure that the required air velocity is maintained? [29 CFR 1910.107(b)(5)(i)]

  • Are doors to downdraft booths kept closed when the booth is in operation? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(6)(iii)(b)]

  • Is clean, fresh makeup air supplied to the area to replace the volume of air exhausted through the spray booth? [29 CFR 1910.94(c)(7)(i)]

  • Do all spray booths have independent exhaust stacks to the outside? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(3)]

  • Are all fan-rotating elements constructed of nonferrous or nonsparking materials? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(4)]

  • Are electric motors driving the exhaust fans placed outside booths or ducts? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(5)]

  • Are belts and pulleys in ducts that are used to drive the fan blades thoroughly enclosed? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(6)]

  • Are spray booth exhaust duct terminals located at least six feet from any combustible exterior wall or roof and prevented from discharging in the direction of any combustible construction? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(8)]

  • Is spray booth exhaust air directed so that it will not contaminate makeup air or create a nuisance? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(9)]

  • Are freshly spray-finished articles set to dry in areas with adequate ventilation? If not, are those areas treated as spraying areas? [29 CFR 1910.107(d)(12)]


  • Are program activities controlled to prevent airborne chemical gas, mist, vapor, fumes, or dust from being generated and released into a person's breathing area?

  • Are personnel free from medical complaints or symptoms that could be associated with work activities?

  • In areas where individual exposures are suspected to be above acceptable limits, has air monitoring been performed?

  • Are affected persons provided with written copies of air monitoring results?

  • Are appropriate housekeeping practices enforced to prevent any buildup of contaminants on exposed surfaces?

  • Are appropriate personal hygiene practices enforced such as washing hands, use of separate work clothing, prohibition against eating, drinking, and applying cosmetics?

  • Is appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) provided such as gloves, aprons, goggles, etc. to protect against exposure?

  • Are personnel trained regarding the hazards of chemicals to which they might be exposed?

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