• This general safety inspection focuses on basic safety topics. This inspection may not cover all topics in great detail (i.e. confined space, equipment specific hazards, etc.)


  • Work area free of clutter and tripping hazards.

  • Egress maintained.

  • Nuisance dusts controlled.

  • Cords and hoses neatly tucked away.


  • No evidence of eating or drinking where hazardous substances are stored or used.


  • Fire equipment (extinguishers, pull stations, sprinkler heads, exit signs) unobstructed.

  • Eyewashes and/or safety showers available.

  • Eyewashes and/or safety showers operational.

  • Eyewashes and/or safety showers accessible.

  • Eyewashes flushed weekly.

Hazard Communication

  • Hazardous substances used or stored in work area (chemicals, paints, solvents, adhesives, cleaning products, aerosols, etc.)

  • Hazardous substance container labels in good condition.

  • Hazardous substance containers have the following minimum information - product name, hazards, and manufacturer.

  • Hazardous substance inventory list and SDSs present is current with hazardous substances used or stored in work area.

  • SDSs organized - Alphabetized by product name.

  • SDSs accessible to workers during their shift.

  • For CEMS areas, all hazardous substance containers have an inventory barcode.

  • Food product containers (drinking cups, soda bottles, yogurt containers, coffee cans, etc.) are not used for storing or otherwise working with hazardous substances.

  • Large quantities of flammable substances stored in flammable cabinet.

  • Incompatible hazardous substances segregated where necessary.

Compressed Gas Cylinders

  • Compressed gas cylinders used or stored in work area.

  • Compressed gas cylinders labeled properly.

  • Compressed gas cylinders secured from tipping (straps, chains, etc.)

  • Valve protected with cap when not in use.

  • Compressed gas cylinders transported properly.

Hazardous Waste

  • Basic hazardous waste and universal waste requirements were reviewed. Additional requirements may be necessary outside of this inspection report.

  • Hazardous or universal wastes generated.

  • Hazardous waste stored in red hazardous waste collection bin or other approved container (drum, safety can, etc.)

  • Hazardous waste labeled with orange hazardous waste label.

  • Hazardous waste stored in closed containers.

  • Hazardous waste containers are not leaking.

  • Universal waste (batteries, fluorescent bulbs) stored properly.

  • Universal waste labeled properly.

Material Handling

  • Materials not stored above shoulder level.

  • Workers practice safe lifting.

  • Material handling equipment available and in good condition (carts, etc.)

  • Material handling equipment used when necessary.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

  • Proper PPE readily available (eye protection, gloves, etc.)

  • Proper PPE use observed.

  • PPE kept in sanitary condition.

Hearing Protection

  • Hearing protection required for certain tasks.

  • Hearing protection devices available.

  • Hearing protection devices worn.

  • Hearing protection devices stored properly and maintained in good condition.

Respiratory Protection

  • Half or full face air purifying respirators (APRs) used.

  • Respirator use approved by EHS.

  • Respirators kept in sanitary condition.

  • Correct cartridges available.

  • Correct cartridges used.

  • Cartridges in good condition.

  • Respirator cleaning supplies available.

  • N95 respirators are used.

  • N95 use required.

  • N95 use approved by EHS.

  • N95s kept in sanitary condition.

  • N95 voluntary use forms completed.


  • GFCIs used when needed.

  • Electrical outlets not overloaded.

  • Electrical cords in good condition (not frayed or taped, insulation intact, wires not exposed).

  • Extension cords used appropriately (not for supplying permanent power).

  • No broken plugs, sockets or switches.

  • Workers have required arc flash rated equipment (tools, clothing, PPE).


  • Power tools and equipment available.

  • Power tools and equipment maintained in good condition.

  • Appropriate machine guards in place.

  • Machine Authorization Form used for authorizing machine operators.

  • Out of service power tools and equipment marked ("out of service", "do not use", etc.)

  • Hand tools in use.

  • Hand tools maintained in good condition.


  • Lockout/tagout procedures required for certain equipment. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Lockout/tagout procedures developed.

  • Lockout/tagout procedures followed.

  • Appropriate lockout/tagout equipment available (locks, tags, devices, etc.)

  • Generic locks and tags used for regular business shut downs (seasonal, control unauthorized access, etc.)


  • Ladders used.

  • Ladders in good condition (free of damage, cracks, loose/missing parts).

  • Ladders used properly.

  • Ladder type/ratings appropriate (height, type, weight limits).


  • Appropriate hazard warnings/signs posted.


  • Ventilation is adequate.


  • Lighting is adequate.

First Aid Kits

  • First aid kit(s) available.

  • Kit kept in sanitary condition.

  • Kit inspected regularly.

  • Supplies are not expired.

Hot Work

  • Hot work performed in work area. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Valid hot work permit.

  • Hot work performed in approved locations.

Fall Protection

  • Fall protection required for certain tasks. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Appropriate fall protection equipment available.

  • Fall protection equipment used where required.

  • Fall protection equipment maintained in good condition.

Aerial Work Platform Safety

  • Aerial work platforms used. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Frequent (daily) inspections performed.

  • Inspection checklist completed when deficiencies are found.

Bucket Truck Safety

  • Bucket truck used. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Frequent (daily) inspections performed.

  • Inspection checklist completed when deficiencies found.

Powered Industrial Trucks

  • Powered industrial trucks used. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Frequent (daily) inspections performed.


  • Scaffolding equipment present or used. (If no, no further action required.)

  • Scaffolding equipment secured from unauthorized access.

  • Scaffolding equipment complete and in good condition (pins, platforms, railings available).

  • Scaffolding erected properly (pins, platforms, railings).

  • Appropriate ladder use with scaffolding (built in ladder or separate ladder.


  • Workers assigned appropriate safety training.

  • Student workers have been identified and assigned appropriate safety training.

  • Workers are compliant with all safety trainings.

Other Findings

  • Description of other findings

EHS Comments

  • EHS Comments

  • Please complete action items by the following date

  • Initials of inspector upon report completion.

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