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General workplace inspection checklist

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1. General

  • 1.1 Workplace is clean and orderly.
  • 1.2 Exits are cleared of obstructions and accessible.
  • 1.3 Stored materials are secure and limited in height to prevent collapse.
  • 1.4 There are suitable warning signs and tags.

2. Training

  • 2.1 New employees are given basic safety training.
  • 2.2 Job-specific safety training are held for employees on a regular basis.
  • 2.3 Personnel familiar are with applicable Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • 2.4 All personnel familiar are with emergency evacuation plan.
  • 2.5 Training documentation is current and accessible.

3. Safe Lifting

  • 3.1 Workers are trained on and using safe lifting techniques. a. They size up/test load. b. They avoid heavy loads – split into smaller loads or asking for help. c. When lifting, they bend knees to take pressure off the back. d. They consciously firm up abdominals when lifting. e. They never twist.

4. Ergonomics

  • 4.1 Workers are trained on ergonomics.
  • 4.2 Workers are taking frequent breaks.
  • 4.3 Workers are varying activities to interrupt repetitive motions.

5. Fire

  • 5.1 Emergency exit signs are lit properly.
  • 5.2 Fire alarms and fire extinguishers are visible and accessible.
  • 5.3 Stairway doors are kept closed unless equipped with automatic closing device.
  • 5.4 18 vertical clearance is maintained below all sprinkler heads.
  • 5.5 Fire extinguishers are serviced annually.
  • 5.6 Corridors and stairways are kept free of obstruction and are not used for storage.

6. Earthquake

  • 6.1 Bookcases, filing cabinets, shelves, racks, cages, storage cabinets and similar items over four feet tall are anchored to the wall.
  • 6.2 Shelves have lip or other seismic restraints.
  • 6.3 Portable machines or equipment are secured against movement using chains, lockable casters, or other appropriate means.
  • 6.4 Top-heavy equipment or apparatus bolted down or secured to withstand accelerations typically expected in an earthquake. These items are secured to wall studs with large screws (1/4 or 3/16 shank).
  • 6.5 Large and heavy objects stored on lower shelves or storage areas.
  • 6.6 Valuable equipment sensitive to shock damage, such as instruments, computer disks and glassware are stored in latched cabinets or otherwise secured to prevent falling.
  • 6.7 Storage areas are uncluttered – providing clear evacuation routes in the event of an emergency.
  • 6.8 Cabinets and lockers containing hazardous materials are equipped with positive latching or sliding doors.

7. Equipment and machinery

  • 7.1 Equipment and machinery are clean and working properly.
  • 7.2 Electrical cord is in good condition with proper grounding.
  • 7.3 Only extension cords with circuit breakers, and multiple connectors are used – but not as fixed wiring.
  • 7.4 Equipment and machinery are sufficient clearances from combustibles (paper, cardboard or combustible liquids).
  • 7.5 Equipment and machinery are adequately ventilated.
  • 7.6 Emergency stop mechanisms and dead-man switches are identified and in proper working order.
  • 7.7 Mechanical safeguards are in place and in proper working order.
  • 7.8 Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are available to employees.

8. Hazardous materials

  • 8.1 Original product names (or full chemical names) and hazards are clearly identified on labels.
  • 8.2 Containers of non-hazardous substances (e.g., water) are labeled explicitly to avoid confusion.
  • 8.3 Secondary containment are provided for liquid chemicals, as required (see Stanford Safety Manual) and used for dry chemicals next to or below liquids.
  • 8.4. No hazardous materials are stored next to or above sinks.
  • 8.5 Incompatible chemicals (including solids) are segregated by Stanford’s Compatible Storage Groups (see SU Safety Manual).
  • 8.6 All chemical containers are capped and sealed, except when actively adding or removing materials from them.
  • 8.7 Flammable liquids (including flammable liquid wastes) are not stored outside of a storage cabinet if in excess of 10 gallons.
  • 8.8 Employees have completed hazard communication training.
  • 8.9 MSDSs and chemical inventory list are readily accessible.

9. Hazardous waste

  • 9.1 Waste containers are sturdy, routinely inspected for leaks, compatible with the waste, and kept closed (i.e., no funnels left sticking out) using screw caps or other tight-fitting closure.
  • 9.2 Containers are labeled with the initial date of accumulation, the words “HAZARDOUS WASTE,” the waste’s physical state and hazardous properties, and full chemical names.
  • 9.3 Not stored for more than 9 months from the initial date of accumulation.
  • 9.4 Waste pick-up forms are submitted for wastes stored more than 8 months from the initial date of accumulation.
  • 9.5 Red bags are only used for infectious wastes, no other wastes.