• Is the required OSHA workplace poster displayed in a prominent location where all employees are likely to see it?

  • Are emergency telephone numbers posted where they can be readily found in case of emergency?

  • Where employees may be exposed to any toxic substances or harmful physical agents, has appropriate information concerning employee access to medical and exposure records and “Safety Data Sheets” been posted or otherwise made readily available to affected employees?

  • Are signs concerning “Exiting from buildings,” posted where appropriate?


  • Are first-aid kits easily accessible to each work area, with necessary supplies available, periodically inspected and replenished as needed?

  • Do first-aid kit supplies meet OSHA standards, indicating that they are adequate for a particular area or operation?

  • Are means provided for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body in areas where corrosive liquids or materials are handled?

FIRE PROTECTION (Bridgeport, Milldale Campus)

  • Are you executing a walk in Bridgeport or Milldale?

  • Is your local fire department well acquainted with your facilities, its location and specific hazards?

  • If you have a fire alarm system, is it certified as required?

  • If you have a fire alarm system, is it tested at least annually?

  • Are portable fire extinguishers provided in adequate number and type?

  • Are fire extinguishers mounted in readily accessible locations?

  • Are fire extinguishers recharged regularly and noted on the inspection tag?

  • Are employees periodically instructed in the use of extinguishers and fire protection procedures?


  • Are employers assessing the workplace to determine if hazards that require the use of personal protective equipment (e.g. head, eye, face, hand, or foot protection) are present or are likely to be present?

  • If hazards or the likelihood of hazards are found, are employers selecting and having affected employees use properly fitted personal protective equipment suitable for protection from these hazards?

  • Are protective goggles or face shields provided and worn where there is any danger of flying particles or corrosive materials?

  • Are approved safety glasses required to be worn at all times in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions or burns?

  • Are protective gloves, aprons, shields, or other means provided and required where employees could be cut or where there is reasonably anticipated exposure to corrosive liquids, chemicals, blood, or other potentially infectious materials? See 29 CFR 1910.1030(b) for the definition of “other potentially infectious materials.”

  • Is appropriate foot protection required where there is the risk of foot injuries from hot, corrosive, poisonous substances, falling objects, crushing or penetrating actions?

  • Is all protective equipment maintained in a sanitary condition and ready for use?

  • Do you have eye wash facilities and a quick Drench Shower within the work area where employees are exposed to injurious corrosive materials?

  • Are adequate work procedures, protective clothing and equipment provided and used when cleaning up spilled toxic or otherwise hazardous materials or liquids?


  • Are all worksites clean, sanitary, and orderly?

  • Are work surfaces kept dry or appropriate means taken to assure the surfaces are slip-resistant?

  • Are all spilled hazardous materials or liquids, including blood and other potentially infectious materials, cleaned up immediately and according to proper procedures?

  • Is combustible scrap, debris and waste stored safely and removed from the worksite promptly?

  • Are covered metal waste cans used for oily and paint soaked waste?

  • Are all oil and gas fired devices equipped with flame failure controls that will prevent flow of fuel if pilots or main burners are not working?

  • Are all work areas adequately illuminated?


  • Are aisles and passageways kept clear?

  • Are aisles and walkways marked as appropriate?

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

  • Is there safe clearance for walking in aisles where motorized or mechanical handling equipment is operating?

  • Are materials or equipment stored in such a way that sharp projectives will not interfere with the walkway?

  • Are spilled materials cleaned up immediately?

  • Is adequate headroom provided for the entire length of any aisle or walkway?

  • Are standard guardrails provided wherever aisle or walkway surfaces are elevated more than 30 inches (76.20 centimeters) above any adjacent floor or the ground?


  • Are there any stairs and/or stairways in this area?

  • Are standard stair rails or handrails on all stairways having four or more risers?

  • Are all stairways at least 22 inches (55.88 centimeters) wide?

  • Do stairs have landing platforms not less than 30 inches (76.20 centimeters) in the direction of travel and extend 22 inches (55.88 centimeters) in width at every 12 feet (3.6576 meters) or less of vertical rise?

  • Do stairs angle no more than 50 and no less than 30 degrees?

  • Are stairs of hollow-pan type treads and landings filled to the top edge of the pan with solid material?

  • Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to bottom?

  • Are stairway handrails located between 30 (76.20 centimeters) and 34 inches (86.36 centimeters) above the leading edge of stair treads?

  • Are steps on stairs and stairways designed or provided with a surface that renders them slip resistant?

  • Do stairway handrails have at least 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) of clearance between the handrails and the wall or surface they are mounted on?

  • Do stairway landings have a dimension measured in the direction of travel, at least equal to the width of the stairway?

  • Is the vertical distance between stairway landings limited to 12 feet (3.6576 centimeters) or less?


  • Are all exits marked with an exit sign and illuminated by a reliable light source?

  • Are the directions to exits, when not immediately apparent, marked with visible signs?

  • Are doors, passageways or stairways, that are neither exits nor access to exits, and which could be mistaken for exits, appropriately marked “NOT AN EXIT,” “TO BASEMENT,” “STOREROOM,”etc.?

  • Are exit signs provided with the word “EXIT” in lettering at least 5 inches (12.70 centimeters) high and the stroke of the lettering at least l/2-inch (1.2700 centimeters) wide?

  • Are exit doors side-hinged?

  • Are all exits kept free of obstructions?

  • Are there sufficient exits to permit prompt escape in case of emergency?


  • Are doors that are required to serve as exits designed and constructed so that the way of exit travel is obvious and direct?

  • Are windows that could be mistaken for exit doors, made inaccessible by means of barriers or railings?

  • Are exit doors openable from the direction of exit travel without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort when the building is occupied?

  • Where exit doors open directly onto any street, alley or other area where vehicles may be operated, are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees from stepping into the path of traffic?

  • Are doors that swing in both directions and are located between rooms where there is frequent traffic, provided with viewing panels in each door?


  • Are there portable ladders available in this area for usage?

  • Are all ladders maintained in good condition, joints between steps and side rails tight, all hardware and fittings securely attached and moveable parts operating freely without binding or undue play?

  • Are non-slip safety feet provided on each ladder?

  • Are non-slip safety feet provided on each metal or rung ladder?

  • Are ladder rungs and steps free of grease and oil?

  • Are employees prohibited from using ladders that are broken, missing steps, rungs, or cleats, broken side rails or other faulty equipment?

  • Are portable metal ladders legibly marked with signs reading “CAUTION” - Do Not Use Around Electrical Equipment” or equivalent wording?

  • Are employees prohibited from using ladders as guys, braces, skids, gin poles, or for other than their intended purposes?


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

  • Are hand tools such as chisels and punches, which develop mushroomed heads during use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?

  • Are broken or fractured handles on hammers, axes and similar equipment replaced promptly?

  • Are worn or bent wrenches replaced regularly?

  • Are employees made aware of the hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?

  • Are appropriate safety glasses, face shields, etc. used while using hand tools or equipment which might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage?

  • Are jacks checked periodically to ensure they are in good operating condition?

  • Are tools stored in dry, secure location where they won’t be tampered with?


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

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

  • Are rotating or moving parts of equipment guarded to prevent physical contact?

  • Are all cord-connected, electrically operated tools and equipment effectively grounded or of the approved double insulated type?

  • Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings 1/2 inch (1.2700 centimeters) or less?

  • Is hoisting equipment available and used for lifting heavy objects, and are hoist ratings and characteristics appropriate for the task?

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


  • Are only employees who have been trained in the proper use of hoists allowed to operate them?

  • Are only trained personnel allowed to operate industrial trucks?

  • Is substantial overhead protective equipment provided on high lift rider equipment?

  • Are the required lift truck operating rules posted and enforced?

  • Is directional lighting provided on each industrial truck that operates in an area with less than 2 footcandles per square foot of general lighting?

  • Does each industrial truck have a warning horn, whistle, gong, or other device which can be clearly heard above the normal noise in the areas where operated?

  • Are the brakes on each industrial truck capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete and safe stop when fully loaded?

  • Will the industrial trucks’ parking brake effectively prevent the vehicle from moving when unattended?

  • 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 motorized hand and hand/rider trucks so designed that the brakes are applied, and power to the drive motor shuts off when the operator releases his or her grip on the device that controls the travel?

  • 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?

  • Are powered industrial trucks being safely operated?


  • Are all work areas properly illuminated?

  • Are employees instructed in proper first-aid and other emergency procedures?

  • Are hazardous substances, blood, and other potentially infectious materials identified, which may cause harm by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption or contact?

  • Are employees aware of the hazards involved with the various chemicals they may be exposed to in their work environment, such as ammonia, chlorine, epoxies, caustics, etc.?

  • Is employee exposure to chemicals in the workplace kept within acceptable levels?

  • Are caution labels and signs used to warn of hazardous substances (e.g., asbestos) and biohazards (e.g., bloodborne pathogens)?

  • Are employees’ physical capacities assessed before being assigned to jobs requiring heavy work?

  • Are employees instructed in the proper manner of lifting heavy objects?


  • Are combustible scrap, debris, and waste materials (oily rags, etc.) stored in covered metal receptacles and removed from the worksite promptly?

  • 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 connections on drums and combustible liquid piping, vapor and liquid tight? 

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

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

  • Is liquefied petroleum gas stored, handled, and used in accordance with safe practices and standards?

  • Are liquified petroleum storage tanks guarded to prevent damage from vehicles?

  • Are all solvent wastes, and flammable liquids kept in fire-resistant, covered containers until they are removed from the worksite?

  • Are firm separators placed between containers of combustibles or flammables, when stacked one upon another, to assure their support and stability?

  • Are fuel gas cylinders and oxygen cylinders separated by distance, and fire-resistant barriers, while in storage?

  • Are appropriate fire extinguishers mounted within 75 feet (2286 meters) of outside areas containing flammable liquids, and within 10 feet (3.048 meters) of any inside storage area for such materials?

  • Are extinguishers free from obstructions, charged, serviced and tagged at intervals not exceeding 1 year?

  • Where sprinkler systems are permanently installed, are the nozzle heads so directed or arranged that water will not be sprayed into operating electrical switch boards and equipment?

  • Are “NO SMOKING” signs posted and enforced in areas where flammable, hazarous, or combustible materials are used or stored?

  • Are safety cans used for dispensing flammable or combustible liquids at a point of use?

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

  • Are storage tanks adequately vented to prevent the development of excessive vacuum or pressure as a result of filling, emptying, or atmosphere temperature changes?

  • Are storage tanks equipped with emergency venting that will relieve excessive internal pressure caused by fire exposure?


  • Are employees trained in the safe handling practices of hazardous chemicals such as acids, caustics, etc.?

  • Are employees aware of the potential hazards involving various chemicals stored or used in the workplace such as acids, bases, caustics, epoxies, and phenols?

  • Is employee exposure to chemicals kept within acceptable levels?

  • Are flammable or toxic chemicals kept in closed containers when not in use?


  • Is there a written hazard communication program dealing with Material Safety Data Sheets (SDS), centralized SDS Availability for all HazMat Materials, labeling, and employee training?

  • Is each container for a hazardous substance (i.e., vats, bottles, storage tanks, etc.) labeled with product identity and a hazard warning (communication of the specific health hazards and physical hazards)?

  • Is there an employee training program for hazardous substances?

Does this program include:

  • An explanation of what an SDS is and how to use and obtain one?

  • SDS contents for each hazardous substance or class of substances?

  • Explanation of “Right to Know?”

  • Identification of where an employee can see the employers written hazard communication program and where hazardous substances are present in their work areas?

  • The physical and health hazards of substances in the work area, and specific protective measures to be used?

  • Details of the hazard communication program, including how to use the labeling system and SDSs?

Are employees trained in the following:

  • How to recognize tasks that might result in occupational exposure?

  • How to use work practice and engineering controls and personal protective equipment and to know their limitations?

  • How to obtain information on the types, selection, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of personal protective equipment? 

  • Who to contact and what to do in an emergency?

  • Are all portable electrical tools, equipment, appliances, and extension cords grounded or of the double insulated type?

  • Are multiple plug adaptors prohibited?

  • Is exposed wiring and cords with frayed or deteriorated insulation repaired or replaced promptly?

  • Are flexible cords and cables free of splices or taps?

  • Are clamps or other securing means provided on flexible cords or cables at plugs, receptacles, tools, equipment, etc., and is the cord jacket securely held in place?

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

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

  • Is sufficient access and working space provided and maintained about all electrical equipment to permit ready and safe operations and maintenance?

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

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


  • Is there safe clearance for equipment through aisles and doorways?

  • Are motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment inspected daily or prior to use?

  • Are vehicles shut off and brakes set prior to loading or unloading?

  • Are containers of combustibles or flammables, when stacked while being moved, always separated by dunnage sufficient to provide stability?

  • Are dock boards (bridge plates) used when loading or unloading operations are taking place between vehicles and docks?

  • Are trucks and trailers secured from movement during loading and unloading operations?

  • Are hand trucks maintained in safe operating condition?

  • Are pallets usually inspected before being loaded or moved?

  • Are hooks with safety latches or other arrangements used when hoisting materials so that slings or load attachments won’t accidentally slip off the hoist hooks?

  • Are securing chains, ropes, chockers or slings adequate for the job to be performed?

  • When hoisting material or equipment, are provisions made to assure no one will be passing under the suspended loads?

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