Identify hazards

Poor housekeeping

Remove garbage and debris, notify supervisor

Other workers

Communicate with other workers l so they know you are on site, watch where other trades are. Observe for competency.

Weather conditions - snow, ice, mud, water, heat

Wear correct ppe or clothing, watch footing on uneven ground (choose path), use 3 point contact, sunscreen for skin in the summer. Remember to hydrate yourself and allow for acclimatization.

Fire extinguishers

Yearly inspection done, check before taking into house, monthly inspections

Working with chemicals, concrete and other products

Follow msds, wear correct ppe

Spill potential

Spill kit and msds on hand, follow emergency response procedures

Noise level

Wear hearing protection for noise levels above 85 dba. Ear plugs or ear muffs.

Heavy lifting

Ask for assistance, use ergonomic considerations (lift with legs)

Power tools

Follow safe work practices, follow manufactures directions

Unclear instructions

Contact supervisor for clarification

Working alone

Have cell phone or two way radio, keep in frequent contact

Public or occupied surrounding houses

Deny public access, watch for children, watch for pedestrians in the vicinity of where you are working.

Flammables or combustables

Extinguish all cigarettes, follow msds, rid area of ignition sources


Csa approved hard hats, steel toed boots, safety vests at all times, specialized ppe such as safety glasses and face shield when cutting and respirators when applying flammables or working with concrete and dust.

Fueling vehicles

Follow safe job procedure, turn off ignition, no smoking or answering cell phone while fueling.

Unloading and loading of equipment

Follow safe work practices and job procedures for heavy lifting. Use ergonomic considerations such as lifting with legs, pushing instead of pulling, keeping loads close to body, do not reach.


Inspect all cords for defects, must be double insulated, must be grounded.

Fumes and exhaust

Ensure adequate ventilation at all times, especially when working in basements

Overhead hazards

Let others know you are there, CSA approved hard hats.

Repetitive work, fatigue

Take breaks, rotate workers, stay hydrated, be rested.

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.