Audit Overview

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  • Audit Title

  • Client / Site

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  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Personnel

01- Housekeeping / Injury Prevention / PPE


  • Wooden pallets must lie flat, and don't lean on edge.

  • Furniture, ladders, and step-stools are in sound condition.

  • Clear access to eyewash station(s) are maintained.

  • Equipment and tools are put away when not in use, and have a designated home. Carts and pallet jacks are stored safely.

  • Floors surfaces are even, clean, and dry, with no slippery areas.

  • Are walkways adequately clear and free of congestion. All aisles maintained at 30" widths

  • Work spaces are well maintained, have adequate lighting, and are cleaned at end of shift.

  • Outside areas are regularly swept and organized.

  • Stairs and risers are kept clear.

  • No food or open beverage containers present in production areas. Food is consumed in designated eating areas.

  • Production equipment is not used for food preparation.

Injury Prevention

  • Containers are stored safely so as not to cause a tripping or fall hazard. Ensure that materials are removed evenly to prevent collapse or toppling.

  • Hoses and cords must not present a trip hazard or obstruct walkways.

  • Are hand railings and horizontal safety chains are in good condition?

  • All shelving and racking (5' or higher), must either be secured to each other, or if available, to the wall.

  • Breakable or sharp items are firmly secured, when stored overhead.

  • General storage shelves equipment with lips or earthquake barring (if 54" or higher).

  • Large equipment is anchored or restrained.

  • Special hazards have posted signs, such as Corrosive, Rotating Equipment, and Hot Surfaces.


  • Masks (Covid-19 or N-95) are consistently used by all associates on production floor.

  • Personal Protection Equipment is stored in a clean location.

  • Production staff is wearing proper type safety shoes.

  • Protective gloves are used where required, and are the correct type for the job.

  • Loose clothing or long hair is confined above shoulder length when required (especially around rotating equipment).

  • Respirators (if required), are clean, properly maintained, and correct type. Fit test is attached and current (dated 1 year or sooner).

  • Face Shields, goggles, or glasses, are used when required and kept clean

  • Hearing protection (if required), is correctly worn.

  • Work aprons, shop coats, and disposable coveralls are worn when required.

  • Audio headphones are not worn on production floor.

  • First Aid Kit(s) is checked weekly to maintain adequate inventory levels.

  • Bloodborne pathogens kit (un-used) is located by First Aid Kit.

02 - Emergency Preparedness / Fire Prevention

Emergency Preparedness

  • Evacuation drill is conducted at least once every six months.

  • Evacuation plan is displayed and understood by associates.

  • Emergency phone numbers are kept current, and posted in common area.

  • Emergency exit doors are visibly marked with lit signage.

  • Exit and exit pathways are clearly marked for emergency evacuation purposes.

  • Exit pathways and doors must be kept clear (30") of tripping hazards and obstructions.

  • Exit doors can be opened easily from the inside.

Fire Prevention

  • Fire alarm system functions normally and can be heard from all locations within the building.

  • Flammable materials are not stored next to exit doors.

  • All materials are kept 18" or more from sprinkler heads.

  • Fire extinguishers are hung off the floor and remain readily accessible with 30" clearance.

  • Fire extinguishers are inspected monthly with inspection date noted. Serviced annually by qualified vendor.

  • Propane tanks are in good condition (eg. valves, fittings, gauges, not cracked, etc).

  • Propane powered industrial equipment trucks have been verified to have good hose and fitting connections.

  • Propane tank storage container has protective front, back, and sides.

  • Propane tank storage is clearly marked with proper safe handling procedures.

  • Flammable liquid cabinets are properly labeled.

  • Flammable liquid cabinets are equipped with self-closing doors, or have UL rating.

  • Flammable liquid cabinets are properly vented.

  • Static bonding and grounding used when transferring flammable liquids.

  • Non-sparking electrical equipment used where flammable liquids present.

03 - Electrical Safety

  • All 110 volt plugs require a grounding plug.

  • Extension cords are not used as replacement for permanent wiring.

  • Electrical panels require at least 36" of frontal clearance, and 30" width. All panels must be labeled.

  • Electrical cords do not have any exposed insulation, splices, cuts or frayed wires. No wire nuts or tape used outside of conduit.

  • Plugs, sockets, switches, and cover plates are free from damage.

  • Tension relief is required on flexible electrical cords to eliminate strain on connections.

  • Disconnect switches must be legibly and durably marked to indicate the purpose.

  • Materials are not stored on top of electrical boxes, transformers, or service panels.

  • Electrical equipment is shielded from overhead liquid sources.

  • Breaker box doors remain closed when not in use.

  • On and Off electrical control switches are provided for all equipment.

  • Emergency safety switches have been tested every 6 months.

  • Electrical control switches are labeled, and indicate what they control.

  • Floor heaters are plugged directly into wall socket, and have rollover kill switch.

  • Light bulbs at or below 7 feet have protective shields.

04 - Chemical Safety

  • All containers containing wastes, universal wastes, or process materials are in good condition, with no visible signs of leakage, and are clearly labeled.

  • Drip pans are used to prevent spillage.

  • Container labels identify the contents by name or chemical composition.

  • Container labels must be complete, clearly legible, and must include hazard warnings.

  • If a container can't be labeled, a sign, placard, batch ticket or process sheet must be utilized to identify container contents and hazards.

  • Lids and caps replaced on all chemical containers (including wastes) when not in use.

  • Locally kept SDS documents are maintained, current, and easily available to staff.

05 - Machine Safety

  • Existing guards in good condition.

  • Starting and stopping devices within easy reach of operator.

  • Noise level is managed.

  • Materials are not stored permanently on top of Equipment, so as not to create fall hazard.

  • Mixers, presses, and other production equipment are staged safely when not in use. Mixers should be stored in down position when not in use.

  • Bending or stooping is not required.

  • Pneumatic and hydraulic hoses are protected and free of damage.

  • Propane tanks are secured from falling over or being damaged.

  • Cranes/Hoists/Dollies are available, and are in good working condition.

  • Detectors and alarms maintained in proper working condition, tested periodically, and documented.

  • Equipment and tools are in working order. Broken equipment is locked out, and broken tools are removed from the production floor.

06 - Guarding and LO/TO

  • Required guards are in place at all times when operating equipment and powered hand tools.

  • Pinch and shear points, rotating parts, flying chips, sparks, etc, must be effectively guarded by physical barriers, presence or pressure sensing devices, electrical interlocks, or other means.

  • Guards that require both hands to operate properly must not be by-passed.

  • Adequate visibility is maintained through guards, as necessary.

  • Lockout procedures are implemented and followed.

  • Broken equipment is fully tagged and locked out, per LO/TO procedures. Smaller broken items are removed from production floor.

  • Compressed air blow off nozzles must have back pressure relief holes in the end of each nozzle.

  • Sharp edges at or below 7 feet are identified by striping or padding.

  • Safety shielding is used for any operation having explosion or implosion potential.

  • Lock-out tags are available. Maintenance repair tags are available?

07 - Environmental

  • All waste streams are managed correctly.

  • Exhaust hose/flexible ducting used to contain processes in good condition, with no holes or disconnected sections.

  • Liquid and dry spills are cleaned up quickly.

  • Spill response kits are adequately stocked and in good condition.

  • Designated oily rag containers are available and utilized.

  • Designated oily rag containers are clearly marked and recognizable.

  • Oily trash and rag containers are kept closed.

  • Chemical-contained trash and rags are collected separately from oily trash and oily rags.

  • Waste Disposal Procedures are available in work areas where this waste is generated.

  • Solvent sink is in good working order (maintenance shop only).

  • Solvent since area is labeled with operating instructions (maintenance shop only).

  • Used solvent is stored and/or discarded with cover (maintenance shop only).

  • PPE is used when operating Solvent Sink (maintenance shop only).

08 - Pressurized Systems / Compressed Gas Cylinders

  • Compressed gas cylinders contents labeled.

  • Cylinders are upright and properly secured.

  • Lines are labeled as to contents and flow direction where they enter or emerge from building, at cylinders, manifolds, valves, drains, vents, meter connections, tees, and where they change direction.

  • Flow restrictor is in place on all toxic or flammable supply lines. Some plants have individual restrictors.

  • Supply lines are supported at least every five feet.

  • Access to equipment, valves, regulators, etc. adequate for use.

  • Regulator and gauge plates not cracked or missing.

  • Line gauge pressure in use falls in middle third of gauge's total range.

  • Hot water heater relief device is tagged and indicates current inspection (1 year or less).

  • Regulators and manifolds secured with brackets.

  • Solid front/back-release or shielded pressure gauges used on all regulator and pressure systems.

  • Oxidizer and flammable cylinders in storage, separated 20 feet or more, or an approved 1/2 hr firewall.

  • Cylinder valves turned off when not in use.

  • Protective caps installed on regulator fittings and supply lines when disconnected from the cylinder or other supply.

  • Cylinders stored with valve protection caps in place when disconnected.

  • Pressurized equipment provided with relief devices.

  • No valves installed between pressurized systems and relief devices unless there is a written procedure that requires valves to be locked open during normal operation.

  • Pressure relief devices pointed away from potential occupied areas, in a safe direction.

09 - Fume Hoods / Local Exhaust Ventilation

  • Hoods clean and orderly.

  • Annual inspection by Maintenance personnel conducted and valid for 1 year or less and is posted.

  • Maximum hood sash opening marked and adhered to.

  • Hood vent flaps operate properly.

  • Hood walls/back free of holes with access panel covers in place.

  • Chemicals and equipment set back at least 6 inches from sash and set back properly marked.


  • Overall comments supporting safety observations.

  • Provide any examples of best practices demonstrated or noticed during safety audit walkthrough.

  • Name of primary auditor conducting walkthrough.

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