A health and safety checklist for general industry

Health and safety checklists help to keep Sheq management systems on track.
Health and safety checklists help to keep Sheq management systems on track.

Some states, and some employers, use a health and safety checklist based on USA OHS standards, to check their Sheq management systems and internal audits.

The health and safety checklist below is from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, under its Office of OSHA Voluntary Programs, for general industry.

The checklist is also used in Sheq training programmes, including hazard identification; and in compliance systems; and in periodically checking that site management systems, and training programme content, remain updated with new laws, equipment, and procedures.

A checklist is only a guide, to be used in conjunction with relevant legislation, and the employer’s legal register, and corporate requirements, and operating procedures.

A negative answer to any question in a health and safety checklist, indicates an area of concern in the management system:

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM checklist

  1. Management Commitment and Planning

(a) Do you have a written policy and goals?

(b) Do you have a line of accountability?

(c) Do you have management resources available?

(d) Does your employer have management involvement?

(e) Is coverage provided for contract workers?

 

  1. Hazard Assessment

(a) Do you conduct a pre-use analysis for new processes, materials, substances, and equipment?

(b) Does your company have a method of conducting a comprehensive survey?

(c) Do you conduct periodic self-inspections?

(d) Do you conduct a hazard analysis?

(e) Is there a system in place for employee notification of hazards?

(f) Is there a procedure for conducting incident investigations?

(g) Is there a medical program in place?

 

  1. Hazard Correction and Control

(a) Do you have professional expertise available?

(b) Are there procedures for hazard elimination and control?

(c) Have you established a disciplinary system and is it used?

(d) Do you have an emergency planning and preparedness program?

(e) Do you have a preventive maintenance program?

(f) Is there a system for tracking hazard correction at your facility?

 

  1. Safety and Health Training

(a) Do you have ongoing safety and health training?

(b) Do you have training for new hires, both general and job specific?

(c) Is there a method in place for tracking the training given?

(d) Is training provided for management, supervisors, and employees?

 

  1. Employee Participation

(a) Are the employees involved in the safety and health program?

(b) Do the employees participate in safety and health committees?

(c) Are safety observers, ad hoc safety and health problem solving, safety and health training, job hazard analysis, and contractor safety and health protection part of the employee participation?

 

  1. Safety and Health Program Self-evaluation

(a) Is an evaluation of the Safety and Health Management Program conducted at least annually?

(b) Do you document the results and use them to improve upon your program?

 

OHS ADMINISTRATIVE checklist

  1. OHS Records

(a) Are occupational injury and illness records current?

(b) Are exposure records maintained on employees that have been exposed to toxic substances or harmful physical agents such as asbestos, lead, radiation, etc.?

(c) Are required equipment inspection and modification records maintained such as maintenance and inspection records for power presses and cranes?

 

  1. First Aid Requirements

(a) Are physician-approved first-aid supplies on hand?

(b) Are these supplies replenished regularly?

(c) Is a certified first aid attendant available during all hours of establishment occupancy?

  1. d) Are facilities available for quick drenching or flushing of eyes and body where corrosive materials are used?

 

WALKING AND WORKING SURFACES checklist

  1. Are floors clean and dry?
  2. Are permanent aisles and passageways appropriately marked and kept clear?
  3. Are load limit weights posted in the storage areas?
  4. Is adequate lighting provided in all work areas?
  5. Is every open-sided floor or platform four feet or more above adjacent floor or ground level guarded by a standard guardrail or the equivalent?
  6. Are all hatchway and floor openings guarded?
  7. Are floor holes into which persons can accidentally walk guarded?
  8. Are covers or guardrails provided to prevent persons from falling into drainage ditches, open pits, vats, tanks, etc.?
  9. Are all fixed industrial stairways at least 22 inches wide?
  10. Are all fixed industrial stairways provided with a stair railing on all open sides?
  11. Are closed stairways provided with a railing on at least one side?
  12. Are all fixed stairways with a width in excess of 88 inches provided with a central stair railing?
  13. Is a seven foot vertical clearance maintained above any stair tread?
  14. Are guardrails and toeboards provided on all open sides and ends of scaffolds more than 10 feet above the ground or floor?
  15. Are scaffolds and their components capable of supporting without failure at least four times the maximum intended load?
  16. Do all scaffold planks extend over end supports not less than six inches nor more than 18 inches?
  17. Are scaffolds properly braced so that the scaffold is always plumb, square, and rigid?
  18. Are broken, bent, excessively rusted, altered, or otherwise structurally damaged scaffold frames or accessories removed from service?

 

EXITS FOR EVACUATION checklist

  1. Is an emergency action plan required for your company to meet a particular standard?
  2. Where an emergency action plan is required, has an employee alarm system been established?
  3. Where an emergency action plan is required, has the employer reviewed the plan with each employee covered?
  4. Are exits marked by a readily visible sign with letters at least six inches high and three-fourths inches wide?
  5. Where exits are not readily visible, are the accesses to the exits marked by readily visible signs?
  6. Are means of egress continually maintained free of all obstructions or impediments?
  7. Are devices or alarms installed to restrict the improper use of an exit, designed and installed so that they cannot impede emergency use of such exit?

 

FIRE PROTECTION AND PREVENTION checklist

  1. Have procedures been established for sounding emergency alarms in the workplace?
  2. Are portable fire extinguishers provided, mounted, located and identified so that they are readily accessible to employees?
  3. Are fire extinguishers selected and distributed based on the classes of anticipated fires and the size and degree of hazard?
  4. Where portable fire extinguishers are provided for employee use, is there an educational training program to familiarize employees with principles of use and hazards involved with incipient stage fire-fighting?
  5. Are portable fire extinguishers hydrostatically tested as required?
  6. Are portable fire extinguishers visually inspected each month?
  7. Are annual maintenance checks of portable fire extinguishers completed and records maintained of the date completed?
  8. If a fire brigade exists, has the employer prepared and maintained an organisational statement establishing the fire brigade?
  9. Are employees that are expected to do interior structural fire-fighting physically capable of performing those duties?
  10. Are only pressure demand or other positive-pressure self-contained breathing apparatus worn by fire brigade members performing interior structural fire-fighting?
  11. When portable fire extinguishers are removed from service for maintenance r recharging is alternate equivalent protection provided?
  12. Are fixed extinguishing systems inspected annually to assure that the system is maintained in good operating condition?

 

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS checklist

  1. Are compressed gas cylinders given a safety visual inspection?
  2. Are fire control devices located in areas where flammable liquids are stored or used?
  3. Are flammable and combustible liquids stored in tanks or closed containers?
  4. When transferring class 1 liquids, are the nozzle and container electrically interconnected (bonded)?
  5. Are vent pipes from underground storage tanks higher than the fill pipe opening and not less than 12 feet above adjacent ground level?
  6. Are power shut-off controls for fuel pumps remotely located, clearly identified, and readily accessible?
  7. Are signs posted to prohibit smoking in fueling areas or where flammable or combustible liquids are received, dispensed, or stored?
  8. Are fuel pumps adequately protected from damage by collision?
  9. Are “No Smoking” signs conspicuously posted at all paint spraying areas and paint storage rooms?
  10. Is the quantity of flammable or combustible liquids in the vicinity of spraying operations kept to a minimum?
  11. Is bulk storage of flammable or combustible liquids in portable containers located in a separate building?
  12. Do all electrical wiring and equipment located in or near paint spraying areas comply with National Electrical Code provisions for hazardous locations?

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) checklist

  1. Has the employer assessed the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment?
  2. Is training provided to each employee who is required to use personal protective equipment?
  3. Does the employer have a written certification for hazard assessment and training pertaining to personal protective equipment?
  4. Are affected employees using appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation?
  5. Does protective eye equipment used in areas, where hazards from flying objects occur, have side shields? (clip on, affixed or slide on side shields)
  6. Are protective helmets used in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects?
  7. Is protective footwear worn by employees in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling and rolling objects or objects piercing the sole and where such employees’ feet are exposed to electrical hazards?
  8. Where an employee’s hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances, severe cuts or lacerations, severe abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, thermal burns, and harmful temperature extremes, has the employer selected and required employees to use appropriate hand protection?

 

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION checklist

  1. Has a worksite specific written program been developed, updated as necessary, that addresses all relevant items?
  2. If respirators are used voluntarily, have employees been given a written program to ensure the employee is medically fit to wear the respirator; the respirator does not cause any other hazard; and is stored and issued properly?
  3. Do you have a qualified program administrator to run the program and evaluate its effectiveness?
  4. Have respirators, training and medical evaluations been provided at no cost for employees required to wear respiratory protection?
  5. Have quality tested respirators appropriate for workplace hazards and exposures been offered in a sufficient number of models and sizes to fit the user?
  6. Have criteria for selection of respirators to be used in Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) atmospheres, been followed?
  7. Have respirators adequate to protect employees in any foreseeable situation been equipped with an End of Service Life Indicator, or has a change schedule been developed?
  8. Prior to being fit tested or required to wear a respirator, has the employee been provided with a medical evaluation to determine fitness to wear a respirator?
  9. Have follow-up examinations been performed as required by employee responses to the medical questionnaire in Appendix C?
  10. Has the physician or other licensed health care professional been provided with information necessary to make a medical determination of the employees fitness to wear a respirator?
  11. Have employees been given a fit test prior to wearing the respirator for the first time and at least annually thereafter?
  12. Is the fit testing protocol followed as outlined in the standard?
  13. Are steps taken to ensure a good face-piece seal and to educate employees about proper changing of cartridges and respirator hygiene?
  14. Will respirators be used in Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) atmospheres?
  15. Will respirators be used for interior structural fire-fighting?
  16. Are respirators provided in good working order and cleaned and sanitized?
  17. Are the respirators stored in a way that will protect them from contamination, heat, extreme temperatures and other damage?
  18. Following the guidelines for inspection in this paragraph, respirators designed for regular use inspected before each use and during cleaning. Emergency respirators are inspected each month, and escape respirators are inspected before entering the workplace.
  19. Respirators that fail an inspection are removed from service or are repaired following the guidelines in this paragraph.
  20. Compressed breathing air meets the requirements of Grade D, and, if purchased, has a certificate of analysis stating it meets the requirements of Grade D air.
  21. Employees can demonstrate knowledge of why the respirator is necessary, the importance of proper fit, proper maintenance and the limitations and capabilities of the respirator.
  22. Training is provided at least annually and when changes are made in the work area or if employees appear to need retraining.
  23. Appendix D is given to employees that wear respirators when not required by the employer or this standard.
  24. Evaluations are conducted of the work area to ensure the written program is effective and employees are consulted to gain input and to identify any problems.
  25. Records of medical evaluations and fit tests are retained.

 

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL: VENTILATION checklist

  1. Does the ventilation system adequately remove toxic dust, vapors, and gases from the working environment?
  2. Is the supply of fresh air adequate in spray booths and open surface tanks?
  3. Are suitable hoods or enclosures provided to remove dust from dry grinding, polishing, and/or buffing operations with connections to acceptable exhaust systems?
  4. Do the exhaust systems satisfactorily prevent contaminants from entering the breathing zone at all times when dry grinding, polishing, or buffing operations are being conducted?
  5. Are organic vapors (paint solvents, cleaning fluids, ink solvents, glue, etc.) released into the atmosphere in quantities below legal limit values.
  6. In laboratory areas, are there sufficient control velocities in hoods to prevent contaminants from entering the breathing zone in quantities in excess of limits?
  7. Are exhaust systems installed to prevent carbon monoxide from entering the atmosphere in shops where work is being done on internal combustion engines?

 

NOISE MANAGEMENT checklist

  1. Are feasible engineering and/or administrative controls utilized to keep noise exposures within allowable limits
  2. Where sound levels exceed an eight-hour exposure of 85 decibels, is a continuing effective hearing conservation program administered?
  3. Does the employer make hearing protection available to all employees exposed to an eight-hour TWA of 85 decibels or greater at no cost to the employees?

 

GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (SANITATION) checklist

  1. Are waste containers emptied regularly? Do they have tight-fitting covers where needed?
  2. Is the area free of rodents, insects, and vermin?
  3. Are non-potable (undrinkable) water sources marked as such?
  4. Are toilet facilities accessible, and do they contain an adequate number of toilets?
  5. Is eating prohibited in toilet rooms and areas exposed to toxic materials?

 

MATERIALS HANDLING AND STORAGE checklist

  1. Are aisles and passageways in good repair, kept clear and properly marked?
  2. Are materials securely stacked when stored?
  3. Is good housekeeping maintained in storage areas?
  4. Are all forklifts and other powered industrial trucks removed from service when not in safe operating condition?
  5. Are only trained and certified drivers permitted to operate powered industrial trucks? Has training and evaluation been conducted by a person with the training knowledge and experience to evaluate the operators’ competence?
  6. Are unauthorized personnel prohibited from riding on powered industrial trucks or only allowed when provided a safe place to ride?
  7. Are slings and all fastenings and attachments inspected for damage or defects by a competent person each day before being used?
  8. Are records made and maintained of the most recent month in which alloy steel chain slings were thoroughly inspected?
  9. Are wire rope slings that are kinked, crushed, bird caged, or otherwise damaged resulting in distortion of the wire rope structure removed from service?
  10. Is the use of knots, bolts, or other makeshift devices to shorten slings prohibited?

 

MACHINERY AND POWER TRANSMISSION GUARDING checklist

  1. Where employees are exposed, is one or more methods of machine guarding provided to protect them from hazards of in-going nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks?
  2. Is the point of operation of machines whose point of operation exposes an employee to injury properly guarded?
  3. Are grinding wheels properly guarded?
  4. Are tool rests on grinders properly set?
  5. Where employees are exposed, are flywheels located within seven feet of floor level properly guarded?
  6. Where employees are exposed, are pulleys located within seven feet of floor level properly guarded?
  7. Where employees are exposed, are horizontal and vertical belt drives located within seven feet of floor level properly guarded?
  8. Where employees are exposed, are sprocket wheels and chains located within seven feet of floor level properly guarded?
  9. Are all gears properly guarded?
  10. Do table saws have proper hood-type guards with spreaders and dogs intact?
  11. Are all portions of band-saw blades enclosed or guarded, except for that portion between the bottom of guide rolls and the table?
  12. Do jointers have guards in place and operable?
  13. Do self-feed rip saws have anti-kickback fingers?
  14. Are all vertical and/or horizontal shafting guarded?
  15. Are all motor couplings, key ways, and set screws guarded?
  16. Is all woodworking machinery prevented from automatically restarting following a power failure?
  17. Do radial saws have hood and adjustable lower guard in place?
  18. Can the main power disconnect switch on power presses be locked in the “off” position?
  19. Is the motor start button on power presses protected against accidental contact (recessed)?
  20. Is activation of the motor start button required to restart power presses after power or voltage loss?
  21. Is a written die setting procedure available for all presses?
  22. Are spring loaded turnover bars used where presses are designed to accept them?
  23. Are safety blocks used when dies in the press are repaired or adjusted?
  24. Is lubrication of dies or material in the press accomplished without reaching into the die area?
  25. Are all fan blades guarded with guard openings of one-half inch or less?

 

PORTABLE POWER TOOLS checklist

  1. Are portable power tools properly grounded?
  2. Do air cleaning nozzles emit not more than 30 psi pressure?
  3. Are portable power tools equipped with appropriate guards?
  4. Are portable grinders completely and adequately guarded?

 

SPECIAL INDUSTRIES checklist

  1. Before any maintenance, inspection, cleaning, adjusting, or servicing of equipment that requires entrance into or close contact with the machinery or equipment, is the main power disconnect switch or valve controlling its source of power locked out?
  2. Are lifelines and safety harnesses used by persons entering closed vessels, tanks, chip bins, and similar equipment?
  3. On operations where injury to the operator may occur if motors were to restart after power failure, are provisions made to prevent automatic restarting upon restoration of power?
  4. Are all pipes carrying steam or hot water for processing or servicing machinery covered with insulating material or otherwise guarded where exposed to contact?
  5. Are all guards and other safety devices including starting and stopping devices properly maintained?
  6. Are employees properly instructed as to the hazards of their work and instructed in safe practices by bulletins, printed rules and verbal instructions?
  7. Are all open vats or tanks into which workmen could fall properly guarded?
  8. Are electrical repairs made only by authorized and qualified personnel?

 

ELECTRICAL SAFETY checklist

  1. Are electrical splices made using suitable splicing devices or by brazing, welding, or soldering with a fusible metal alloy, and covered with an insulation equivalent to that of the conductor?
  2. Is each disconnecting means for motors and appliances, each service, feeder, and branch circuit legibly marked to identify its purpose?
  3. Are exposed live electrical parts operating at 50 volts or more guarded against accidental contact by approved cabinets or enclosures, by location, or by limiting access to qualified persons?
  4. Are rooms or enclosures containing exposed live parts or conductors operating at over 600 volts, nominal, kept locked, or under the observation of a qualified person at all times?
  5. Are ground fault circuit interrupters or an assured equipment grounding conductor program as specified by 1910.304(b)(1)(i) and (ii) used to protect employees on construction sites?
  6. Are overcurrent devices readily accessible, not exposed to physical damage and not located in the vicinity of easily ignitable material?
  7. Is the path to ground from circuits, equipment, and enclosures permanent and continuous?
  8. Are exposed metal parts of cord- and plug-connected refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners which may become energized grounded?
  9. Are exposed metal parts of cord- and plug-connected hand-held motor-operated tools, other than double insulated tools, grounded?
  10. Are all pull boxes, junction boxes, and fittings provided with covers approved for the purpose?
  11. Are flexible electrical cords and cables used as a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure prohibited?
  12. Are the electrical wiring and equipment located in hazardous (classified) locations intrinsically safe, approved for the hazardous location, or safe for the hazardous location?

 

HAZARD COMMUNICATION checklist

  1. Is there a written hazard communication program and list of chemicals available at the workplace?
  2. Are all containers properly labelled?
  3. Are material safety data sheets current, accurate, and available on all hazardous materials at the workplace?
  4. Are employees informed and trained on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of their initial assignment and whenever a new hazard is introduced into their work area?

 

INITIAL HAZARD DETERMINATION check

  1. Have you monitored or evaluated workplace hazards dealing with lead, asbestos, coke oven emissions, ETO, cotton dust, formaldehyde, noise exposures, methylenedianiline, cadmium and methylene chloride?

 

HAZARDOUS WASTE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE checklist

  1. Is there an emergency response plan for your facility?
  2. If not, are you meeting the requirements for an emergency action plan
  3. Have you developed an emergency response plan which addresses all of the required elements?
  4. Have you developed an incident command system (ICS) for handling emergency response?
  5. Have company personnel been trained for any duties they might perform in the course of an emergency response?
  6. Is refresher training being performed at least annually?
  7. Is medical surveillance and consultation being provided the designated HAZMAT team?
  8. Is suitable chemical protective clothing and equipment being provided for members of the HAZMAT team?
  9. Do post-emergency response operations meet with the necessary requirements?

 

LOCKOUT /TAGOUT checklist

  1. Does the employer have a written energy control procedure?
  2. If an energy isolating device cannot be locked out, is a tagout procedure used?
  3. Does employer have and utilize procedures for control of hazardous energy with specific requirements for securing machines, placement, transfer, and removal of lockout devices, and testing locked machinery?
  4. Is lockout hardware provided by employer; and is it durable, standardized, substantial, and identifiable?
  5. Are employees trained in lockout tagout program?
  6. Are periodic reviews to assure compliance with program conducted?

 

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS IN LABORATORIES checklist

  1. Are employee exposure determinations being performed when necessary and at required intervals?
  2. Does a written chemical hygiene plan exist, and readily available to employees?
  3. Does the chemical hygiene plan include all of the required elements?
  4. Are employees trained and informed: l) at the time of initial assignment, 2) prior to new exposure, and 3) of all other required material outlined in the standard?
  5. Are medical consultation and examinations being provided to appropriate employees?
  6. Are hazard identification requirements met?
  7. Are appropriate respirators being provided at no cost?
  8. Are employee exposures, written opinions, and test results being recorded and maintained?

 

BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS checklist

  1. Have you developed an exposure control plan that addresses all areas?
  2. Does your exposure control plan include an exposure determination, the schedule and implementation of the other requirements of the standard, and the procedure for the evaluation of circumstances surrounding an exposure incident?
  3. Are universal precautions being observed when there is contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials?
  4. Have engineering and work practice controls been established to minimize employee exposure?
  5. Is personal protective equipment being provided, use required, cleaned, repaired, and replaced as necessary?
  6. Is the Hepatitis B vaccination being made available to all employees with occupational exposure?
  7. Is post-exposure follow-up being made available to all employees who have had an exposure incident?
  8. Are the Hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure follow-up being provided to employees at no cost, at a reasonable time and place, performed by or under a physician’s supervision, and provided according to recommendations?
  9. Is a written opinion being provided for both the Hepatitis B vaccination and for post-exposure follow-up as required and does it contain the appropriate information?
  10. Are employees with occupational exposure provided training at no cost and during working hours?
  11. Is training being provided at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter?
  12. Does the training program cover all the required topics identified in the regulation?
  13. Are medical records being kept for the duration of employment plus 30 years and are the records kept confidential?
  14. Are training records being kept for three years and do they contain the necessary information?

 

ELECTRICAL SAFE WORK checklist

  1. Are all employees who face a risk of electrical shock trained in safety related work practices? Training requirements may not apply if the hazard is reduced to a safe level?
  2. Does training for employees who are not qualified persons include this standard (as it applies to their job) and any other electrical safety practices?
  3. Does training for qualified persons include: a) how to distinguish exposed live parts, b) how to determine nominal voltages, c) the clearance distances?
  4. Are live parts to which employees may be exposed, de-energized before employees work near them? Some qualified persons may be excepted under certain conditions.
  5. Does the employer have a written de-energization procedure?
  6. Are locks and tags placed on each disconnecting means used to de-energize circuits?
  7. If a lock cannot be applied, is the disconnecting means tagged and at least one additional safety measure taken?
  8. Before re-energizing: a) has equipment been inspected by a qualified person to insure that it is safe to do so, b) are any employees exposed to hazards of reenergizing warned, c) has each lock and tag been removed by the employee who applied it?
  9. If work is to be performed near overhead lines, have the lines been de-energized and grounded or other protective measures provided?
  10. Are any vehicles or mechanical equipment kept at least 10 feet from energized overhead power lines? Exceptions may apply.
  11. Are portable ladders made with nonconductive side rails if employees could contact exposed energized parts?
  12. Are portable cord and plug connected equipment and extension cords inspected before use on every shift?

 

CHEMICAL PROCESS SAFETY MANAGEMENT checklist

  1. Is the establishment covered by this standard?
  2. Does the employer have a written employee participation plan?
  3. Has the employer compiled written process safety information?
  4. Has the employer performed a process hazard analysis?
  5. Has the employer developed and implemented written operating procedures?
  6. Have all employees been trained and the training documented?
  7. Has the employer assured that all contractors on-site have met the requirements of this standard?
  8. Does the employer conduct pre-start up safety reviews?
  9. Does employer have written procedure, training, and inspection to maintain the mechanical integrity of process equipment?
  10. Has the employer established and implemented written procedures to manage changes?
  11. Does the employer investigate each incident which resulted in, or could have resulted in, a catastrophic release of a highly hazardous chemical?
  12. Does the employer conduct compliance audits at least every three years?

 

WELDING, CUTTING AND BRAZING (HOT WORK) checklist

  1. Have all fire hazards in the vicinity of welding or cutting been removed or guarded?
  2. Are used drums, barrels, tanks, or other containers thoroughly cleaned so that all flammable materials, or materials which may produce flammable or toxic vapors when heated, are not present before welding, cutting or other hot work is performed?
  3. Are the welder and any helpers or attendants using properly selected helmets, goggles, or face shields during any welding, cutting, or brazing operation?
  4. Are workers in areas adjacent to welding areas protected by shields or screens or required to wear goggles?
  5. Are confined spaces adequately ventilated to prevent the accumulation of toxic materials or oxygen deficiencies during welding or cutting operations?
  6. Is first aid equipment available at all times during welding operations?
  7. Is mechanical ventilation provided as required in welding or cutting areas?
  8. Are all compressed gas cylinders legibly marked to indicate their contents?
  9. Are cylinders stored where they will not be knocked over, damaged, or subject to tampering?
  10. If cylinders are designed to accept valve protection caps, are caps in place when cylinders are not in use?
  11. Are oxygen cylinders separated from fuel-gas cylinders or combustible materials by at least 20 feet or a non-combustible barrier at least 5 feet high and having a one-half hour fire resistance rating?
  12. Are cylinder valves closed when being moved?
  13. Are cylinder valves closed when work is finished?
  14. Are cylinder valves closed when cylinders are empty?
  15. Are acetylene cylinder valves opened no more than one and one-half turns of the spindle?
  16. Are the manufacturer’s instructions and rules for welding equipment followed?
  17. Are welding cables with splices within 10 feet of the holder not used?
  18. Are cables replaced when the insulation is damaged or conductors bare?
  19. Is resistance welding equipment periodically inspected?
  20. Are records of these inspections maintained?

 

PERMITTED CONFINED SPACES checklist

  1. Has the workplace been evaluated to determine if any spaces are permit required confined spaces?
  2. If your employees do not enter permit spaces, has the employer taken effective measures to prevent employees from entering the permit spaces?
  3. If the employer decides that its employees will enter permit spaces, have you developed and implemented a written permit space program and is it available to employees?
  4. Are you able to use alternate procedures for entering a permit space?
  5. Are you able to reclassify a permit space to a non-permit space?
  6. If you (host employer) have employees of another employer (contractor) perform work that involves permit space entry, have you met the requirements?
  7. Does your permit space written program meet the requirements?
  • Source; USA Department of Labour; USA South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Office of OSHA Voluntary Programs, for general industry.
  • Checklists are reminders, and do not constitute a legal register, nor legal advice, nor compliance, nor a management system, nor an internal audit, nor a training course.
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