OSHA - General

  • Are work spaces and walking-working surfaces are kept clean, dry, and free of hazards?
    1910.22(a)(1) through (a)(3)

  • Are employees in work areas, 4 or more feet above a lower level, protected from falling?
    1910.28(b)(1)(i)(A) through (b)(1)(ii)(C)

  • Is material piled, stacked, or racked in a manner to prevent it from tipping, falling, collapsing, or rolling?

  • Are nose stands and scissor lifts free of debris?

Employer Posting and Manuals

  • Is the appropriate OSHA workplace poster displayed in a prominent location?

  • Have SDS posters/phone stickers been properly posted?

  • Are employees able to secure an SDS on short notice for the following product?
    1910.1200(g)(8) and 1910.1200(h)(2)(iii), (h)(3)(iv)

  • Do associates know what procedures should be taken in the event of a spill/exposure?

  • Are Bomb Threat Procedure Cards legible and readily accessible near each telephone? SAFE Ch 11

Medical Services and First Aid

  • Are first aid kits easily accessible to each work area?

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

  • Are plumbed emergency eyewash/shower stations available and inspected/activated weekly? Tank style eyewash inspected monthly?
    ANSI Z358.1 - 2009

Fire Protection and Clearance

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

  • Are fire extinguishers visually inspected monthly?

  • Do fire extinguishers receive an annual maintenance check and are these checks documented?

  • Are portable fire extinguishers mounted, located and identified so that they are readily accessible to associates?

  • Are portable fire extinguishers properly charged, operable and kept in their designated places except during use?

  • Are adequate fire extinguishers available for immediate use in a battery area?
    1910.157(d)(1) and 1910.252(a)(2)(ii)

  • Is proper clearance maintained below sprinkler heads (18")?

  • Are fire alarm actuation devices unobstructed, identified and readily accessible?

  • Is sufficient diffusion and ventilation provided to prevent the accumulation of explosive gases where batteries are stored?

Fork Lifts/Aerial Lifts/Scissor Lifts/Nose Stands

  • Are forklifts equipped with horn, overhead guard, and nameplate (load limits)?
    1910.178(a)(6), 1910.178(e)(1), and 1910.178(m)(9)

  • Are forklift daily Pre-Start Inspection logs kept on file?
    1910.178(q)(7) and SAFE Appendix F

  • Are scissor lift and/or nose stand daily Pre-Start Inspection logs kept on file?
    1910.269(p)(1)(i), SAFE Appendix E, and 1926.451(f)(3)

  • Monthly Inspections for aerial lifts?
    1910.68(e)(1) and SAFE Appendix E

  • Annual Inspections for aerial lifts?
    SAFE Appendix E

Means of Egress

  • Are doorways that could be mistaken for an exit properly marked?

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

  • Is adequate headroom provided for the entire length of any exit route 7'6" and any projection from the ceiling not below 6'8"?

  • Are exit routes free and unobstructed?

  • Are exit routes 28 inches wide?

  • Are exits properly marked?

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

  • Can exit doors be opened from the direction of exit travel without the use of key or any special knowledge or effort?

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Is approved hearing protection available to every employee working in noisy areas? (Noise above 85dba)

  • Is all protective equipment maintained in a safe condition and ready for use? (i.e., fall protection, face shields, safety glasses)
    1910.132(a) and SAFE Ch 14

  • Are safety glasses always worn in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries from flying particles, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation?
    1910.133(a)(1) and SAFE Ch 15

  • Seat-belts are used when provided? SAFE Ch 15

  • Fall Protection Harness Annual Inspection?
    Mfg. Requirements and SAFE Appendix E

  • Fall Protection - Lanyard - Annual Inspection
    Mfg. Requirements and SAFE Appendix E

  • Fall Protection - Personal Fall Limiter - Annual Inspection
    Mfg. Requirements and SAFE Appendix E

Portable Ladders

  • Ladders are inspected for visible defects on an annual basis with the inspection tag completed and attached to the ladder? SAFE Appendix D

  • Any ladder with structural or other defects is immediately tagged "Dangerous: Do Not Use" or with similar language and removed from service until repaired in accordance or replaced?

  • Are non-slip feet in good working order?
    SAFE Appendix D

  • Are ladder steps free of grease and oil?
    SAFE Appendix D


  • Are flexible extension cords and cables free of splices or tape?

  • Are all cord and cable connections intact and secure on electrical equipment?

  • Are switches, receptacles, etc. provided with tight fitting covers or plates?

  • Do electrical panels have a 30-inch clearance (buildings prior to '81) 36-inch clearance (buildings after '81)?

Machine Guarding

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

  • Are pedestal grinders adjusted properly (tool rest 1/8" & tongue 1/4")?
    1910.215(a)(4) and 1910.215(b)(9)

  • Is equipment securely placed and anchored, when necessary to prevent tipping or other movement that could result in personal injury?

  • Are emergency stop buttons red?


  • Flammable bulk dispensing container have bonding wires for spouts and nozzles.
    1910.106(e)(6)(ii) and NFPA 30,

  • Are flammable liquids segregated from incompatibles (i.e., oxidizers, acids and caustics) by a minimum of 25'?
    30 NFPA 9.17.3 and SAFE Ch 15

  • Approved safety cans are utilized for storing diesel & gasoline fuels.

  • Approved metal receptacles are used for combustible waste materials prior to disposal.

  • Waste, oily rags, and other flammable material are stored in fireproof receptacles provided for that purpose and not on tool boxes or benches?
    SAFE Ch 15

  • Spill Clean-up kits or materials are provided to contain leaks & spills.

  • Gas storage cylinders are identified as to content.

  • Gas cylinders are secured, caged or on dollies.

  • Oxygen cylinders are segregated from Flammables by at least 20 ft.

  • Gas cylinders are capped when not in use.

  • Flammable gas cylinder storage area is placarded "NO SMOKING".

  • Cylinder valves shall be closed when work is finished.

  • Secondary storage containers with chemicals are legibly labeled, tagged or marked with contents and hazards when not in immediate use.

  • Flammable cabinets in good condition with doors secured when not being used.

  • All flammable cabinets labeled, "Flammable-Keep Fire Away".

  • Flammable cabinets clear of any top storage.
    OSHA General Duty Clause [Section 5(a)(1)]

Training Records

  • Employees using fall protection and aerial lifts have received site-specific training?

  • Employees using scissor lifts and nose stands have received site-specific training?

  • Employees using powered industrial trucks have received on-site powered industrial truck training and a forklift operator evaluation?
    1910.178(i) and SAFE Appendix F

Facility Emergency Equipment Inspections

  • Fire Alarm

  • Fire Suppression system/Sprinkler system

  • Emergency Lighting

  • Evacuation Drill

  • Date Completed:

  • Severe Weather Drill

  • Date Completed:

General Observations

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