Life Safety Issues/Housekeeping

  • Walkways maintained, aisles defined, and uncluttered?

  • Work areas, storage areas, and break areas are orderly and free from obstruction?

  • Emergency exits clearly identified; at least 2 fire emergency exit signs for each work area?

  • Exit doors self-closing (not propped open); doors swing out in direction of exit from floor to building?

  • Egress routes marked and accessible?

  • Stairs free of material storage and debris?

  • Are exits or exit signs free of decoration, draperies, or other distracting objects which might impair visibility?

  • Are doors that might be mistaken for exits either identified by a sign indicating its actual character or marked "NOT AN EXIT"?

  • Are exit signs illuminated by light source of at least 5-foot candles?

  • Stocked supply in First Aid kits?

Emergency Preparedness

  • Orange Emergency Procedure brochure posted at all campus phones, classrooms, and hallways?

  • Evacuation Personnel list up to date?

Fire Safety

  • Portable fire extinguishers of proper type are mounted properly, accessible, and inspected?

  • Fire extinguisher stored in a case has clear font or label?

  • At least 18" clearance below sprinkler heads?

  • No evidence of candles or open flame?

  • Area of rescue assistance call box operating properly?

  • AED devices in place and not tampered with?


  • Adequate and working lighting in storage areas?

  • Adequate and properly repaired emergency and explosive proof lighting systems?

  • Temporary lighting is properly installed and adequate?

  • Emergency lighting systems adequate and working properly?

Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazards

  • Portable ladders equipped with non-slip feet?

  • Metal ladders marked - "Do Not Use Around Electrical Equipment"?

  • Elevated areas have guardrails and toe boards?

  • Illumination adequate for normal conditions, emergency lighting in place?

  • External walking and parking areas free of hazards; areas well-maintained?

  • "Caution Wet Floor" signs posted for wet floors or spills; signs removed once hazard is eliminated?

  • Carpet runners in good condition and not bunched up?

  • Anti-slip mats and flooring used where appropriate?

Walking/Working Surfaces

  • Walkways clean and dry?

  • Snow and ice properly removed?

  • Exterior walkways cleared and in good repair?

  • Trees, bushes, and grass provide adequate clearness?

  • Stairways and ramps equipped with handrails are easily graspable and in sturdy condition?

  • Floor holes, floor openings, and wall openings guarded?

  • Grating, mats, etc. in good repair?

  • Open-sided floors, platforms, and runways which are 4' or more above ground level are guarded and provided with toe boards?

  • Floor surfaces free from visible and open cracks?

Electrical Hazards

  • Machinery and equipment grounded?

  • Outlets, switches, and boxes have covers?

  • No overloaded outlets/circuits?

  • Permanent wiring in place - no extension cords?

  • Personal electrical devices in good condition? Heating and cooking devices should only be present in approved areas.

  • Ceiling tiles properly installed and in good condition?

  • Arc flash stickers affixed on electrical panels?

  • At least 36" clearance in front of all electrical panels?


  • Inspection certificates and capacity plates posted in cars?

  • Certification and capacity plates have current dates?

  • No unauthorized passengers permitted on freight elevators?

  • Elevators level properly at each floor?

  • All controls, Emergency Stop, alarms, lights, and systems work properly?

  • Signs indicating "No Smoking" and "Use Stairway in Case of Fire"?

Storage Rooms and Closets

  • Are materials securely stacked?

  • 18" away from sprinkler heads?

  • Are passageways in storage rooms or storage areas kept clear of obstructions that could constitute safety hazards?

  • Are storage rooms and closets free from accumulation of materials that constitute hazards from fire, explosion, or pests?

Hazard Communication: GHS and Chemical Storage

  • Are SDS sheets available?

  • Are SDS sheets up-to-date?

  • Are the correct SDS sheets available for the present chemicals?

  • Are chemicals properly labeled?

  • Are oxygen cylinders and other compressed gases secured, stored away from combustible materials, and in an upright position?

  • Are oxygen cylinders separated from fuel gas cylinders?

  • Is flammable hazardous waste stored a safe distance from combustibles, open sparks, and electrical equipment?

  • Any chemicals in need of disposal?


  • Waste receptacles provided and emptied on a scheduled basis?

  • Waste receptacles in good condition?

  • "Do NOT Put Sharps in Any Trash Containers" sign posted on lavatory waste receptacles?

  • Lavatories kept clean and sanitary?

  • Food Services/dining areas clean and well-maintained?

  • Drinking fountains clean and well-maintained?

  • Vending machine areas clean and free of debris?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Stocked supply of ear plugs/hearing protection?

  • Are eye/face protection provided in areas where employees are exposed to flying objects, particulates, harmful liquids, radiation, or glare?

  • PPE is use where necessary?

Best Work Practice Controls

  • Are machine guards in place?

  • Are all tools and equipment maintained in a safe condition?

  • Are emergency eyewash stations provided in the immediate area where employees or students might be exposed to flying objects, dust/metal particles or harmful liquids?

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