Assessment Part One

Training

Is training provided for each person newly assigned to a job?

Does initial training include a thorough review of hazards and accidents associated with the job?

Is adequate instruction in the use of personal protective equipment provided?

Environment

Are resources available to deal with very hot or very cold conditions (drinking water, lined gloves, insulated boots)?

Work Process

Are repetitive motion tasks properly paced and kept to a minimum?

Are the material safety data sheets placed in locations accessible to all employees?

Are hazards signalled by signs and tags?

Have all trucks, forklifts and other equipment been inspected and maintained?

Are lockout or tagout procedures in place and followed?

Is ventilation equipment working effectively?

Is the fume and dust collection hood working effectively?

Are the safety showers and eye wash stations in the proper locations and in good working condition?

Fire Emergency Procedures

Is there a clear fire response plan posted for each work area?

Do all workers know the plan?

Are drills held regularly?

Are fire extinguishers chosen for the type of fire most likely in that area?

Are there enough extinguishers present to do the job?

Are extinguisher locations conspicuously marked?

Are extinguishers properly mounted and easily accessible?

Are all extinguishers fully charged and operable?

Means of Exit

Are there enough exits to allow prompt escape?

Do employees have easy access to exits?

Are exits unlocked to allow egress?

Are exits clearly marked?

Are exits and exit routes equipped with emergency lighting?

Warehouse and Shipping

Are dock platforms, bumpers, stairs and steps in good condition?

Are light fixtures in good condition?

Are all work areas clean and free of debris?

Are stored materials properly stacked and spaced?

Are tools kept in their proper place?

Are there metal containers for oily rags and for rubbish?

Are floors free of oil spillage or leakage?

Is absorbent available for immediate clean-up of spills and leaks?

Are all flammable and combustible products stored appropriately? For example: Are Class I (one) flammable products (as per NFPA or your local fire code) stored in Class I approved buildings or outside the warehouse?

Lighting

Is the level of light adequate for safe and comfortable performance of work?

Does lighting produce glare on work surfaces, monitors, screens and keyboards?

Is emergency lighting adequate and regularly tested?

Machine Guards

Are all dangerous machine parts adequately guarded?

Do machine guards meet standards?

Are lockout procedures followed when performing maintenance with guards removed?

Electrical

Are all machines properly grounded?

Are portable hand tools grounded or double insulated?

Are junction boxes closed?

Are extension cords out of the aisles where they can be abused by heavy traffic?

Is permanent wiring used instead of extension cords?

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Assessment Part Two

Tools and Machinery

Are manufacturers' manuals kept for all tools and machinery?

Do power tools conform to standards?

Are tools properly designed for use by employees?

Are defective tools tagged and removed from service as part of a regular maintenance program?

Are tools and machinery used so as to avoid electrical hazards?

Is proper training given in the safe use of tools and machinery?

Confined Spaces

Are the confined space procedures and training available and followed by all involved?

Are entry and exit procedures adequate?

Are emergency and rescue procedures in place (e.g. trained safety watchers)?

Housekeeping

Is the work area clean and orderly?

Are floors free slip, trip and fall hazards?

Are aisles and passageways kept clear of obstructions?

Are permanent aisles and passageways clearly marked?

Are covers or guardrails in place around open pits, tanks and ditches?

Floor and Wall Openings

Are ladder-ways and door openings guarded by a railing?

Do temporary floor openings have standard railings or someone constantly on guard?

Stairs, Ladders and Platforms

Are stairs and handrails in good condition?

Are ladders free of defects?

Are ladders set up properly before use?

Are the elevated platforms properly secured and do they have handrails?

Elevating Devices

Are elevating devices used only within capacity?

Are capacities posted on equipment?

Are they regularly inspected, tested and maintained?

Are controls of the "dead man" type?

Are operators trained?

Sound Level/Noise

Are regular noise surveys conducted?

Is hearing protection available and used properly?

Temporary Work Structures

Are temporary work structures used only when it is not reasonably practicable to use permanent ones?

Employee Facilities

Are restrooms kept clean and sanitary?

Are restrooms in good repair?

Are cafeteria facilities provided away from toxic chemicals?

Are hand washing facilities available?

Medical and First Aid

Do all employees know how to get first aid assistance when needed?

Are there employees trained as first-aid practitioners on each shift worked?

Are first-aid kits provided as per jurisdiction’s first-aid regulations?

Are first-aid supplies replenished as they are used?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Is required equipment provided, maintained and used?

Does equipment meet requirements?

Is it reliable?

Is personal protection utilized only when it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate or control the hazardous substance or process?

Are the areas requiring PPE usage properly identified by warning signs?

Materials Handling and Storage

Is there safe clearance for all equipment through aisles and doors?

Is stored material stable and secure?

Are storage areas free from tipping hazards?

Are only trained operators allowed to operate forklifts?

Is charging of electric batteries performed only in designated areas?

Are dock plates used when loading or unloading from dock to truck?

Are specifications posted for maximum loads which are approved for shelving, floors and roofs?

Are racks and platforms loaded only within the limits of their capacity?

Are chain hoists, ropes and slings adequate for the loads and marked accordingly?

Are slings inspected daily before use?

Are pallets and skids the correct type and inspected?

Do personnel use proper lifting techniques?

Is the size and condition of containers hazardous to workers?

Are elevators, hoists, conveyors, balers, etc., properly used with appropriate signals and directional warning signs?

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