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Why Do I need a Health and Safety Inspection Checklist?

By Graphic Products Editorial Staff

Life seems to be full of checklists— and for good reason. How else would we arrange the monstrosity of information we are faced with daily? Good thing we have a check list to keep you organized for what is really important—keeping your workers safe—by performing health and safety inspections.

Our health and safety Inspection checklist allows easier examination to identify hazards in the workplace that need corrective action. This checklist is only an example and can be used as framework for creating one to meet your businesses specific needs. Internal health and safety inspections should be performed on a regular basis by your designated safety team or site supervisors.

Health and safety inspections allow you to:

  • Understand the concerns of workers
  • Gain insight into jobs and tasks you have limited experience with
  • Identify existing hazards
  • Monitor hazard controls

Facility Location: _______________________________________________________________

Evaluated by: _____________________________________________ Date: _______________

Training

­Yes   ­□ No ­□

Is training provided for new hires and people newly assigned to a different job on a regular basis?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are there appointed First Aid (and CPR) trained employees, and are they available for medical emergencies?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   ­□ No ­□

Are workers familiar with the hazards of chemicals and trade products? Are all employees up to date on the HazCom 2012 standards and the transition to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   ­□ No ­□

Are all workers trained on the emergency evacuation plan?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   ­□ No ­□

Has fire extinguisher training been provided?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

ABC-rated dry chemical extinguishers are appropriate in most areas. They should each have attached inspection tags that indicate they have been inspected within the last 12 months.  

Environment

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are wall, floor, and ceiling penetrations for cables, wires, pipes and mechanical systems (such as ductwork) sealed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

Sealed wall penetrations prevent the spread of fire and smoke from one room to another. Penetrations can be sealed with drywall, fire-retardant pipe seal or fire stop pillows.

­Yes   □ No ­□ N/A □

Are flammable and combustible liquids stored in approved flammable storage cabinets?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

Quantities of flammable and combustible liquids in excess of the following quantities should be stored in approved flammables storage cabinets:

  • 25 gallons of Class IA liquids (flashpoint below73 degrees F. and boiling point below 100 degrees F.)*
  • 120 gallons of Class IB, IC, II or III (flashpoint below73 degrees F. and boiling point above 100 degrees F.)*

*Refer to the product’s material safety data sheet (MSDS) or safety data sheet (SDS) to determine its flammability/combustibility class.

­Yes   □   No ­□ N/A □

Are “No Smoking” signs posted in appropriate areas, and no smoking rules enforced?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□ N/A □

Have the facility’s sprinkler and/or fire alarm systems been inspected in the past 12 months? Is the fire suppression system tagged to verify this inspection?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□ N/A □

Do sprinkler heads have at least 18 inches of vertical clearance from material stored below?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□ N/A □

Are resources available to deal with very hot or very cold conditions (drinking water, appropriate personal protective equipment such as lined gloves or insulated boots)?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

Additional inspection requirements may apply according to local regulations.

Hazard Communication and Substances

­Yes   ­□ No ­□

Does the facility have a written hazard communication program, including a complete chemical list and file of safety data sheets (SDSs) for chemicals used and stored in the facility? Are these SDSs accessible to all employees, visitors, and contractors for review upon request? Does the written program describe how the employer will meet the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard?  

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

SDSs should be on file for solvents, fuels, batteries, cleaners, lubricants, and other potentially hazardous materials.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

­Yes   □   No ­□

Is required equipment provided, maintained, and used?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Does equipment meet requirements and is it reliable?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

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

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are areas that require PPE properly identified with signs?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Is hearing protection available and used properly?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

Emergency Exit Procedures

­Yes   □   No ­□

Is there a clear fire response plan posted in each work area? Are all workers aware of the plan?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are emergency exit drills held regularly?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are there an adequate number of fire extinguishers present, and are they clearly marked and located in conspicuously marked locations?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are all fire extinguishers fully charged and operable?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are all exits clearly marked and unblocked for egress?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

­Yes   □   No ­□

Are exits and exit routes equipped with emergency lighting or marked to illuminate in the dark?

Condition: ________________________________________________

Person responsible: ________________________ Due date: _____________

Depending on the type of facility you work in will determine what areas you should inspect. Below is a list of categories that your safety committee should examine, and decide what to use in your own health and safety inspection checklist.

  • Warehouse and Shipping
  • Loading/Unloading Racks
  • Lighting
  • Sound Level/Noise
  • Materials Handling/Storage
  • Machine Guards
  • Electrical
  • Tools and Machinery
  • Elevating devices
  • Employee Facilities
  • Confined Spaces
  • Housekeeping
  • Floor and Wall Openings
  • Stairs, Ladders & Platforms
  • Medical and First Aid

Or Let Graphic Products Provide On-Site Safety Assessment Services For Your Facility.