ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS: Condition of wires, cords, cables, disconnects, and control boxes, and junction boxes.

  • Do extension cord meet OSHA standards?
    ( does not have any cuts, nicks, abrasions, exposed wires, and burns)

  • Are extension cords out of walkways and aisles?
    ( out of water, and off hot surfaces)

  • Are all electrical boxes and connections identified and in safe condition including voltage rating?
    (Disconnects, breakers, junctions, and outlets)

  • Are electrical panels and doors closed and secured?

  • Do electrical panels have 3 foot clearance around them?

  • Are all knock outs in place on fixtures?


  • Are safety devices being checked before start up of production?

  • Are guards in place and in good condition and functional?

  • Is machinery secured in place or anchored to prevent movement?

  • Are non-interlocking guards secured as so a tool is required to remove?

  • Are air hoses used for clean up equipped with pressure reducing nozzle?

  • Are existing guardrails,and stair rails securely fastened?

  • Are overhead light fixtures providing enough light and working properly?

  • Are gas cylinders in proper location and secured?

Employee behavioral

  • When handling chemicals is appropriate PPE being worn?
    (Using SDS for requirements of PPE)

  • Is PPE required for the area being worn properly?
    ( safety glasses, hearing protection, steel toed shoes, gloves, etc.)

  • Are employees using proper lifting techniques?
    ( 50# limit for individual)

  • Are TWO people being used to move full carts?

  • Are forklift/mule drivers operating safely?
    (Speed, horn usage, corner navigation, within rating)

  • Do employees know what to do in case of an injury?
    (First aid station location, whom to report injury to and when)

  • Do employees know what to do I case of emergency/evacuation?
    (Fire, tornado, chemical spill, evacuation procedures, as well as assembly points)


  • Is there a functional eyewash station in area?

  • Is there a functional safety shower in the area?

  • Are the shower and eyewash stations accessible?

  • Are portable fire extinguishers charged and accessible and clearly marked?

  • Are designated exits clearly marked and signs directing clear and visible?

  • Are paths to exits clear and unobstructed?

  • Are evacuation plans and maps posted in area, clear and visible?

  • Do all exit doors operate properly?

  • Are all emergency lights working and in proper place?

  • Are all restricted access doors clearly marked and non-exit doors identified clearly?

Chemical processing

  • Are work areas properly ventilated?

  • Is there a spill kit readily available and stocked?

  • Is there access to SDS material in the area?

  • Are containers inside flammable cabinets closed and secured?

  • Are flammable cabinet doors closed when not in use?

  • Are flammable drums properly secured, grounded/bonded?

  • Are flammable cabinets in good working order?
    (Open/close, lock, no open holes)

  • Are flammable cabinets properly labeled and easy to read?

  • Are the flammable cabinets free of items that do not belong inside?
    (Rags, boxes, tools, etc.)

  • Are containers labeled properly?
    (Hazardous, non-hazardous. Legible, up to GHS standards)

  • Are flammable cabinets properly grounded/bonded?

General items

  • Are floor mats in good condition?

  • Are there designated aisles, and are they free of obstructions?

  • Are skids secured properly to prevent falling on an employee?

  • Are signs in the area clearly visible, and appropriate?

  • Are hand tools in safe condition, and stored properly when not in use?

  • Are stair ways properly illuminated?

  • Are stair ways clear of any debris?

  • Is mobile equipment in safe condition for operation and being inspected before use?

  • Are access point to machines/equipment free of obstructions?


  • Are personal items stored in a safe manner away from work area?

  • Are trash and recycle containers available for use?

  • Are work areas organized and clutter free?


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  • CHARLES BIFFLE Regional HSE Leader USA/Canada

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