Work area is clean, tidy and clutter-free

There are no unnecessary items in the work area

There are no food and drinks in the work area

Aisles, walkways, stairways and exits are unobstructed.

There are no objects protruding into aisles and walkway

No item is placed around emergency equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, first aid kits).

Floors (e.g., tiles, boards and carpets) are in good condition

Floors are dry and free from accumulated dust, broken glass and leaks or spills (e.g., oil or water).

Floor markings are highly visible and not faded.

Floor openings or holes are guarded by a cover, grating or guardrail on all sides (except at entrances to stairways or ladders).

Lamps or light sources are clean and provide adequate illumination for working.

Warning signs are in good condition and can be clearly seen from afar

Cords, cables and hoses are bundled up when not in use.

Machine and equipment guards are in place and secure

Tools are in good condition and in their designated location

Storage areas are clean, tidy and organised

Stacked materials are placed on a flat and firm foundation

Storage racks used are adequate for the task and in good condition

Heavier and bulkier items are placed on the lower shelves of a storage rack

Hazardous substances (e.g., flammable materials, toxic substances) are stored in compatible containers, stored under appropriate conditions and affixed with GHS labels.

Physical barriers and warnings signs are installed around workplace hazards (e.g., sharp objects, protruding objects, a hot surface, a floor opening).

Proper waste bins for general waste, recyclable waste, hazardous waste, and so on are provided at work areas to facilitate responsible disposal.

Combustible waste is properly disposed of. For example, oily rags are disposed in closed metal waste bins

Waste (including hazardous waste) is collected regularly so that there is no unnecessary accumulation of waste

A predetermined disposal area has been designated for situations where waste materials (e.g., bulky waste, toxic waste) need to be accumulated till the next waste collection dat

Safe Handling of Load(s)

Load handled is less than 25 kilograms.

Heavy items are stored between shoulder and knee height.

Worker squats down to lift a load

Lift and carry the load as close as possible to the body

Anti-slip gloves are provided and worn to improve worker’s grip on load

Worker avoids twisting his back or bending sideways while carrying a load

Worker gets co-workers to help when lifting heavy or bulky items

Trolleys or dollies are used for transporting heavy or bulk items

Safe Loading of Materials (Lorry Crane)

Truck’s ignition key is off and brakes are applied

Outriggers are extended fully on the ground

Loading area is kept clear of traffic and workers not involved in the loading process

Truck has sideboard and extension of sufficient height for the load carried.

Loads are rigged properly before being hoisted

No one, including the truck operator, is under suspended loads during hoisting

No one, including the truck operator, is between the load and the truck during hoisting

Load on the truck is properly stacked and secured.

Working Safely with Non-Powered Handtools

Damaged tools are replaced.

Workers keep tools and hands clean and free from grease.

Workers are briefed on the hazards and risks of the job.

Workers are trained to use tools correctly

Workers wear safety goggles to protect their eyes from flying particles

Workers wear safety shoes

Tools are stored properly in their correct places

Safe Storage in Warehouses

Circular Cargo Arrangement

Steel Coil - Circular Cargoes to be choked at both sides

Tyres - storage arrangement must be tilted inward and choked with a 1m clearance from the wall

Pipes - must be choked intermittently

Pipes - stacking to be in a pyramid pattern and must not be more than 1.5 metres in height

Pipes - Pipe stacking with dunnage woods must not stacked more than 2m in height

General Cargo Arrangement

Jumbo bag cargoes - must be stacked in descending pattern toward the outer most row with overlapping and not more than 2 bags in height.

Bundled timber - must be stacked in descending pattern toward the outer most row and not more than 2m in height

Palletized cargoes - must be stacked in descending pattern toward the outer most row and not more than 3 tiers.

Other Cargo Arrangement

Rubber packed in steel crate more than 2 tiers must be stacked in descending pattern toward the outer most row

Rubber packed in wooden crate must not be stacked more than 2 tiers

Shrink-wrapped rubber must not stacked more than 2 tiers


Objects are stacked on flat surfaces

Bigger and heavier objects are placed on lower racks while lighter and smaller objects on higher ones.

Pallets used are in good condition

Movable parts (conveyors, gears etc) have guards in place for their moving parts and pinch points

Stored cargoes must not obstruct the fire fighting and life saving equipment and maintain 1m clearance from the wall and 1.5m of fire equipment

Passageways are kept clear at all times

Safe Use of Ladders

Ladder is in good working condition without any visible defects

Ladder is extended fully before starting work

Ladder is placed on stable and level ground

Workers are instructed not to work on the top rung of the ladder

Workers are instructed not to carry any object in their hands when climbing a ladder

A worker is holding on to the ladder when his co-worker is on it

Workers maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times (two legs and one hand, or two hands and one leg)

Workers are wearing proper footwear, for example, non-slip flat shoes, when using a ladder.

Working Safely at Heights

Openings into or through which a person may fall are covered or guarded with effective barriers

There are handrails and lower rails at open sides of staircases.

Guardrails are put in place to prevent people from falling over the edge

Working platforms used are certified, of sound construction and are able to support the worker’s weight

Safe means of access and egress are provided

Workers are provided with personal fall arrest systems with sufficient and secured anchorages

Good housekeeping is practised to prevent falls from heights due to tripping hazards

An appointed and competent supervisor oversees workers working at heights

Safe Use of Forklift Trucks

Forklift is inspected before use. Inspection items include tyre, lighting equipment, foot brake, rear view mirror, and so on (attach photo Inspection Checklist)

Forklift is operated by an authorised and trained operator (photo of Licensed Forklift Operator)

Forklift is installed with lap-belt and operators are educated to use it.

All loads handled are in accordance with the height and weight restrictions on the forklift’s load chart

Forklift is not used as a work platform or to lift people

Designated forklift driveways, stipulated in-house speed limit and convex mirrors for checking blind spots are provided

Alight and board the forklift using three points of contact (hands and feet).

Forklift is completely shut down after use and the ignition key is removed

Working Safely with Machines

Emergency shutdown switch for each machine is within operator’s reach

Machine guard is installed on moving parts of machine

Workers check for irregularities on machine before operation

Workers are briefed on the hazards and risks of working with machines

Workers wear earplugs when working with noisy machines

Workers’ clothes are fitted and their long hair is tied to prevent either from being caught in machines

Good housekeeping is maintained in machine area

Work area is well-lit

Safe Storage of Chemicals

Chemicals are kept in closed containers when not in use

Chemicals and their containers are correctly labelled

Chemicals and their containers are stored properly (e.g., racks and cabinets) in wellventilated areas

Safety data sheets (SDS) are available for all the chemicals stored

Workers are prohibited from smoking in areas where flammable chemicals are stored

Containment materials such as absorbents are available.

Fire extinguishers on site are not expired

Combustibles (e.g., papers and cloths) are removed or stored away from the chemical storage area.

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.