Are there any slippery conditions on walkways or working surfaces?

Are passageways, walkways, staging platforms, ramps, stairways, emergency exits, and aisles clear of debris, tools, materials, equipmemt, hoses, and electrical service cords?

Are all work areas adequately illuminated?

If a walkway or part of a walkway is being used as a working surface, is that portion blocked off to prevent it from being used as a walkway?

Are cords and hoses protected using cord ramps where forklifts are known to travel?

Are paint spray booths cleaned regularly?

Are designated drums and containers being used for the proper content? (e.g. paint waste containers, hazardous waste drums..etc.)

Are holes in the floor, sidewalk or other walking surface repaired properly, covered or otherwise made safe?

Do working areas and walkways including onboard vessels have adequate lighting?

Do all electrical panels have a minimum of 3 ft. clearance on all sides?

Are aisles or walkways that pass near moving or operating machinery, welding operations or similar operations
arranged so employees will not be subjected to potential hazards?

Are adequate trash bins provided?

Are materials or equipment stored in such a way that sharp projectiles will not interfere with the walk way?

Is metallic or conductive dust prevented from entering or accumulating on or around electrical enclosures or equipment?

Are there any spills?

Are all restrooms and washrooms sanitary?


Are flammable or combustible materials/liquids while not in use stored away in flammable lockers?

Are flammable or combustible materials that are in use near any ignition sources? (E.g. slag, sparks, flames...etc)

Are combustible scrap, debris and waste materials (i.e. oily rags) stored in covered metal receptacles, designated containers/drums and
removed from the worksite promptly?

Are bulk drums of flammable liquids grounded and bonded to containers during dispensing?

Are all extinguishers serviced, maintained and tagged at intervals not to exceed one year?

Is proper storage practiced to minimize the risk of fire including spontaneous combustion?

Are approved containers and tanks used for the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids?

Are all spills of flammable or combustible liquids cleaned up promptly?

Have areas with unknown atmospheres been inspected and certified as safe for hot/safe for men by a marine chemist and inspected thoroughly by a shipyard competent person prior to the commencement of hot work?

Are all flammable liquids kept in closed containers when not in use (e.g. parts cleaning tanks, pans)?

Are fire trees readily available and accessible?

Are all extinguishers fully charged and in their designated places?

Are fire extinguishers accessible?

Are local fire department's phone number posted?


Are current and valid hot work permits posted in required areas?

Is there proper ventilation where hot work is being performed in required areas? (E.g. enclosed areas, confined spaces...etc.)

Is fire watch assigned, qualified, and equipped with a fire extinguisher?

Are torches disconnected and removed from permitted confined space areas?

Before hot work is begun, are used drums, barrels, tanks, and other containers so thoroughly cleaned that no
substances remain that could explode, ignite, or produce toxic vapors?

Are areas where sparks and hot slag are known to land clear of flammable and/or combustible materials/liquids? Are there signs or precautionary measures taken to warn others from standing or walking nearby?

Before a regulator is removed, is the valve closed and gas released form the regulator?

Is open circuit (No Load) voltage of arc welding and cutting machines as low as possible and not in excess of
the recommended limits?

Are fuel gases, oxygen hose lines, or torches left unattended in confined/enclosed spaces?

Applicable to welding operations, is electrical power shut off when no one is in attendance?

In enclosed spaces, are all surfaces covered with toxic preservatives stripped of all toxic coatings for a distance of at least 4 inches from the area of heat application?

Is grounding of the machine frame and safety ground connections of portable machines checked periodically?

Are work and electrode lead cables frequently inspected for wear and damage, and replaced when needed?

Do means for connecting cables' lengths have adequate insulation?


Before entry, are appropriate atmospheric tests performed to check for oxygen deficiency, toxic substance and
explosive concentrations in the confined space before entry? (Check for permit)

Compressed Gas Cylinders are prohibited from confined spaces, have confined spaces been routinely checked for gas cylinders?

Whenever combustion-type equipment is used in confined space, are provisions made to ensure the exhaust
gases are vented outside of the enclosure?

Is the confined space checked for possible industrial waste, which could contain toxic properties?

Before gas welding or burning is started in a confined space, are hoses checked for leaks, compressed gas
bottles forbidden inside of the confined space, torches lighted only outside of the confined area and the
confined area tested for an explosive atmosphere each time before a lighted torch is to be taken into the
confined space?

When the object to be welded cannot be moved and fire hazards cannot be removed, are shields used to
confine heat, sparks, and slag?

Is all portable electrical equipment used inside confined spaces either grounded and insulated, or equipped
with ground fault protection?

Is adequate illumination provided for the work to be performed in the confined space?

Are combustible floors kept wet, covered by damp sand, or protected by fire-resistant shields?

Is the atmosphere inside the confined space frequently tested or continuously monitored during conduct of work?

Is there an assigned safety standby employee outside of the confined space, whose sole responsibility is to
watch the work in progress, sound an alarm if necessary, and render assistance?

Is the standby employee or other employees prohibited from entering the confined space without lifelines and
respiratory equipment if there is any questions as to the cause of an emergency?

Are pressure-reducing regulators used only for the gas and pressures for which they are intended?

Is there an effective communication system in place whenever respiratory equipment is used and the
employee in the confined space is out of sight of the standby person?



Gas cylinders stored upright and properly secured?

Are cylinders, cylinder valves, couplings, regulators, hoses, and apparatus keep free of oily or greasy

Are all fuel gases and oxygen hose lines disconnected at the supply manifold during break and at the end of each shift?

Do compressed gas cylinders have valve protection including empty cylinders when not in use?

Are disconnected fuel gas and oxygen hose lines rolled back to the supply manifold or to open air to disconnect the torch?

Are combustible materials placed at the minimum of 20 feet away from the storage of gas cylinders?

Are gas cylinders in transport properly secured and capped off?


Tag verification?

Any damaged, broken, or defective components? (E.g. guardrails, toeboards, mudsils, cross braces...etc.)

Are employees below protected from falling objects?

Are guardrails, intermediate rails, toeboards, and screens in place?

Do movable scaffolds have wheel locked in place prior to use?

For applicable scaffolds, are mudsils and baseplates properly secured?

Is safe access provided to all staging/platform levels?

Is the staging of the scaffolding measured with a step distance of 12 inches from the platform to the edge of a vessel?

Are planks that are used for extensions secured and tied down to original planking?

are tools and/or materials that are not in use left on scaffolding?


Can employees step safely to or from the wharf, float, barge, or river towboat?

Are there safety guard rail hatch kits in place over large opened hatches that is not protected by coamings to a height of 24 inches?

Are flush manholes or other small openings of comparable sizes in the deck or other working surfaces covered and/or guarded above the height of 30 inches?

Are there any sections of bilges where floor plates or gratings have been removed?

Do guard rails have a top rail, mid-rail, and posts that run vertically in height within a 42-45 inches from the upper surface of the top rail to the floor, platform, runway, or ramp level?

Are workers exposed to unguarded edges of decks, platforms, flats, or similar flat surfaces above 5 ft?

Are ladders secured to nearby posts to prevent slipping and sliding?

Are ladders that are in use appropriate for the job at hand? (e.g. no portable metal ladders for electric arc welding or near electrical conductors)

Are there any ladders with any defective components such as missing or damaged braces and/or split or missing rungs that are in use?

Is it prohibited to place a ladder in front of doors opening toward the ladder except when the door is blocked
open, locked or guarded?


Are hard hats, safety glasses, and steel/composite toe shoes worn?

Are proper gloves being used for the job at hand?

Are full face shields being worn over safety glasses during grinding?

Are welding helmets being worn during welding?

Are respirators in use in necessary areas?

Are ear plugs used for loud and noisy environments?


Are all defective tools taken out of service? (e.g. grinders with no protective guards)

Are grinders, saws, and similar equipment in use provided with appropriate safety guards?

Are all tools and equipment (both, company and employee-owned) used by employees at their workplace in
good condition?

Are power tools used with the correct shield, guard or attachment recommended by the manufacturer?

Are pneumatic and hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools checked regularly for deterioration or damage?

Are the proper tools being used for the job at hand?

Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?

Is hoisting equipment such as chain-hoists, chains, slings... etc. in good condition and inspected daily before use?

Are powder actuated fastening tools tested daily prior to the commencement of the task at hand?

Are air hose lines equipped with pins?

Are air hoses, fuel-gas lines, and electrical cords protected with ramps in areas where forklifts are known to cross?


Is all machinery and equipment kept clean and properly maintained?

Is sufficient clearance provided around and between machines to allow for safe operations, set up and
servicing, material handling and waste removal?

Is equipment and machinery securely placed and anchored, when necessary to prevent tipping or other
movement that could result in personal injury?

Is there a power shut-off switch within reach of the operator's position at each machine?

Can electric power to each machine be locked out for maintenance, repair, or security?

Are the noncurrent-carrying metal parts of electrically operated machines bonded and grounded?

Are all pulleys and belts that are within 7 feet of the floor or working level properly guarded?

Are manually operated valves and switches controlling the operation of equipment and machines clearly
identified and readily accessible?

Are foot-operated switches guarded or arranged to prevent accidental actuation by personnel or falling?

Are all moving chains and gears properly guarded?

Are splashguards mounted on machines that use coolant, to prevent the coolant from reaching employees?

Are methods provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards created
at the point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks?

Are machinery guards secure and so arranged that they do not offer a hazard in their use?

If machinery is cleaned with compressed air, is air pressure controlled and personal protective equipment or
other safeguards used to protect operators and other workers from eye and body injury?

If special hand tools are used for placing and removing material, do they protect the operator's hands?

Are revolving drums, barrels, and containers required to be guarded by an enclosure that is interlocked with
the drive mechanism, so that revolution cannot occur unless the guard enclosure is in place, so guarded?

Are provisions made to prevent machines from automatically starting when power is restored after a power
failure or shutdown?

Are fan blades protected with a guard having openings no larger than 1/2 inch, when operating within 7 feet of
the floor?


Is all machinery or equipment capable of movement, required to be de-energized or disengaged and blocked
or locked out during cleaning, servicing, adjusting or setting up operations, whenever required?

In regards to a ship's piping system, are isolation and shutoff valves connecting the dead system with the live system secured, blanked, and then locked or tagged?

Are all equipment control valve handles provided with a means for locking-out?

Are appropriate employees provided with individually keyed personal safety locks?

Where the power disconnecting means for equipment does not also disconnect the electrical control circuit: Are the appropriate electrical enclosures identified?


Are preliminary inspections and/or appropriate tests to determine what
conditions exist before starting work on electrical equipment or lines?

When electrical equipment or lines are to be serviced, maintained or adjusted, are necessary switches
opened, locked-out and tagged whenever possible?

Are portable electrical tools and equipment grounded or of the double insulated type?

Do extension cords being used have a grounding conductor?

Are there any exposed wiring and cords with frayed or deteriorated insulation?

Are flexible cords and cables free of splices or taps?

Are all cord, cable and raceway connections intact and secure?

In wet or damp locations, are electrical tools and equipment appropriate for the use or location or otherwise

Is the use of metal ladders prohibited in area where the ladder or the person using the ladder could come in
contact with energized parts of equipment, fixtures or circuit conductors?

Are all disconnecting switches and circuit breakers labeled to indicate their use or equipment served?

Are electrical enclosures such as switches, receptacles, junction boxes, etc., provided with tight-fitting covers
or plates?

Are all unused openings (including conduit knockouts) in electrical enclosures and fittings closed with
appropriate covers, plugs or plates?

Are disconnecting switches for electrical motors in excess of two horsepower, capable of opening the circuit
when the motor is in a stalled condition, without exploding? (Switches must be horsepower rated equal to or in
excess of the motor hp rating).

Is low voltage protection provided in the control device of motors driving machines or equipment, which could
cause probably injury from inadvertent starting?



Are only trained personnel allowed to operate industrial trucks?

Are forklift operators wearing their seat-belt?

Are industrial trucks operating in areas where flammable gases or vapors, or combustible dust or ignitable
fibers may be present in the atmosphere, approved for such locations?

Are industrial trucks with internal combustion engine operated in buildings or enclosed areas, carefully
checked to ensure such operations do not cause harmful concentration of dangerous gases or fumes?

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.