1. Site Access

Clean, level ground

Adequate ramps

Adequate stairs


2. Housekeeping

Clear walkways

Clear work areas

Clear access and landing


3. Personal Protective Equipment

Head Protection

Foot Protection

Eye Protection

Hearing Protection

Respiratory Protection

Fall Protection


4. Ladders


Proper angle

Proper size and type

Safe, usable condition

Properly used

Proper handrail and landings

Non-slip bases


5. Scaffolds

Properly erected

Properly secured

Properly planked

Proper guardrails, toeboards

Proper access to platform

Acceptable loading


6. Power tools, Equipment

General condition

Proper guards, cords, PPE

Damaged tools tagged as defective and taken out of service


7. Stairwells & Ramps

Proper filler blocks in metal stairs

Proper cleats on ramps

Adequate lighting in stairwells

Proper handrails or guardrails


8. Traffic Control

Trained traffic controllers

Properly located

Clean, visible sign

Properly dressed


10. Fall Protection

CSA approved

Properly worn

Safe, usable condition

Unprotected openings, edges, and uncovered holes in floor

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11. Guardrails, Barricades

Located where required

Properly constructed

Adequately secured


12. Gas Cylinders

Properly located

Properly secured

Properly moved or lifted

Properly hooked up


13. Confined Spaces

Proper access

Air testing before entry

Rescue equipment readily available

Safety harness life, lifeline available anchored and used

Second person for rescue

Outgoing air monitored

Entry permit where required


14. First Aid Requirements

Adequate qualified first aiders on site

First aid kits

Adequate number

Adequate contents


15. Fire Protection

Master emergency plan

Extinguishers where required

Fully charged

Adequately identified


16. Cranes, Hoists, etc.

Safe setup of equipment

Maintenance log available

Competent operator

Condition of, hardware

Safety catches on all hooks

Proper use of tag lines

Proper lifting containers

Competent signaller


17. Welding

Rods & cylinders properly labeled

MSDS readily available

Properly secured ground cables

Proper eye protection worn

Proper screens and exhaust

Gas cylinders upright and secured

Gas cylinders protected from falling objects

Fire extinguisher readily available


18. Elevated Work Platforms

Worker training

Properly used

Safe, useable condition

Acceptable loading

Manufacturers operating manual

Daily log filled out

19. Excavations and Trenching

Properly sloped where required

Spoil pile at least 1 meter from trench

Appropriate shoring used

Equipment at least 10 feet from trench

Trench access every 25 feet, or 7.5 meters

Proper storage of materials in and above trench


20. Extension Cords

Outdoor type, rated over 300 volts

Condition of casing, ends, connections

GFCIs used


21. Temporary Power Supply

Properly identified

Overhead lines flagged & secured

Surface cables buried or protected


22. Materials Storage

Properly located

Safely piled, stacked, bundled

Properly moved or lifted

Properly labeled (WHMIS)


23. Formwork

Guardrails and fall-arrest system

Design drawings kept on project

Inspection statement by engineer or competent worker


24. Suspended Scaffolds

Properly attached and capable of at least 4 times maximum load

Outrigger beam tied to fixed support with adequate counterweight

All mechanical/Electrical devices in good working condition

Independent lifelines for each worker (extend to ground)

Engineers drawing on site

25. Signs and Print Material

OH&S act and regulations


Warning signs

Emergency phone list

Report forms


26. Worker Education

Company safety policy and program

Injury reporting

Hazard reporting

OH&S act and regulations

Personal H&S responsibilities


27. Hygiene

Washroom facilities available

Cleanliness of facilities

Injury\hazard reporting

Personal responsibilities

Safety policies and procedures


28. Other

Other Concerns

Worker Concerns

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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.