The Hazard Assessment Checklist

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HAZARD ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST

The following checklist can be used to identify and evaluate hazards in your workplace. This checklist covers a wide variety of workplace safety and health hazards. All of the topics covered in this checklist may not apply to your particular workplace. When evaluating your workplace use the sections of the checklist that apply to your workplace and work activities.

GENERAL WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Are all worksites clean and orderly?
  • Are work surfaces kept dry or appropriate means taken to assure the surfaces are slip-resistant?
  • Are all spilled materials or liquids cleaned up immediately?
  • Are combustible scrap, debris, and waste stored safely and removed from the worksite promptly?
  • Is accumulated combustible dust routinely removed from elevated surfaces, including the overhead structure of buildings?
  • Is combustible dust cleaned up with a vacuum system to prevent the dust going into suspension?
  • Is metallic or conductive dust prevented from entering or accumulation on or around electrical enclosures or equipment?
  • Are covered metal waste cans used for oily and paint-soaked waste?
  • Are all oil and gas fired devices equipped with flame failure controls that will prevent the flow of fuel if pilots or main burners are not working?
  • Are paint spray booths, dip tanks and the like cleaned regularly?
  • Are the minimum number of toilets and washing facilities provided?
  • Are all toilets and washing facilities clean and sanitary?
  • Are all work areas adequately illuminated?
  • Are pits and floor openings covered or otherwise guarded?

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • Are all worksites clean and orderly?
  • Are work surfaces kept dry or appropriate means taken to assure the surfaces are slip-resistant?
  • Are all spilled materials or liquids cleaned up immediately?
  • Are combustible scrap, debris, and waste stored safely and removed from the worksite promptly?
  • Is accumulated combustible dust routinely removed from elevated surfaces, including the overhead structure of buildings?
  • Is combustible dust cleaned up with a vacuum system to prevent the dust going into suspension?
  • Is metallic or conductive dust prevented from entering or accumulation on or around electrical enclosures or equipment?
  • Are covered metal waste cans used for oily and paint-soaked waste?
  • Are all oil and gas fired devices equipped with flame failure controls that will prevent the flow of fuel if pilots or main burners are not working?
  • Are paint spray booths, dip tanks and the like cleaned regularly?
  • Are the minimum number of toilets and washing facilities provided?
  • Are all toilets and washing facilities clean and sanitary?
  • Are all work areas adequately illuminated?
  • Are pits and floor openings covered or otherwise guarded?

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • Are protective goggles or face shields provided and worn where there is any danger of flying particles or corrosive materials?
  • Are approved safety glasses required to be worn at all times in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions or burns?
  • Are employees who need corrective lenses (glasses or contacts lenses) in working environments with harmful exposures, required to wear only approved safety glasses, protective goggles, or use other medically approved precautionary procedures?
  • Are protective gloves, aprons, shields, or other means provided against cuts, corrosive liquids, and chemicals?
  • Are hard hats provided and worn where the danger of falling objects exists?
  • Are hard hats inspected periodically for damage to the shell and suspension system?
  • Is appropriate foot protection required where there is the risk of foot injuries from hot, corrosive, poisonous substances, falling objects, crushing or penetrating actions?
  • Are approved respirators provided for regular or emergency use where needed?
  • Is all protective equipment maintained in a sanitary condition and ready for use?
  • Do you have eye wash facilities and a quick drench shower within the work area where employees are exposed to injurious corrosive materials?
  • Where special equipment is needed for electrical workers, is it available?
  • When lunches are eaten on the premises, are they eaten in areas where there is no exposure to toxic materials or other health hazards?
  • Is protection against the effects of occupational noise exposure provided when sound levels exceed those of the Cal/OSHA noise standard?

WALKWAYS

  • Are aisles and passageways kept clear?
  • Are aisles and walkways marked as appropriate?
  • Are wet surfaces covered with non-slip materials?
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  • Are walking surface repaired properly, covered or otherwise made safe?
  • Is there safe clearance for walking in aisles where motorized or mechanical handling equipment is operating.
  • Are spilled materials cleaned up immediately?
  • Are materials or equipment stored in such a way that sharp projectiles will not interfere with the walkway?
  • Are changes of direction or elevations readily identifiable?
  • Are aisles or walkways that pass near moving or operating machinery, welding operations or similar operations arranged so employees will not be subjected to potential hazards?
  • Is adequate headroom provided for the entire length of any aisle or walkway?
  • Are standard guardrails provided wherever aisle or walkway surfaces are elevated more than 30 inches above any adjacent floor or the ground?
  • Are bridges provided over conveyors and similar hazards?

FLOOR AND WALL STAIRWAYS

  • Are floor openings guarded by a cover, guardrail, or equivalent on all sides (except at entrance to stairways or ladders)?
  • Are toeboards installed around the edges of a permanent floor opening (where persons may pass below the opening)?
  • Are skylight screens of such construction and mounting that they will withstand a load of at least 200 pounds?
  • Is the glass in windows, doors, glass walls that are subject to human impact, of sufficient thickness and type for the condition of use?
  • Are grates or similar type covers over floor openings such as floor drains, of such design that foot traffic or rolling equipment will not be affected by the grating spacing?
  • Are unused portions of service pits and pits not actually in use either covered or protected by guardrails or equivalent?
  • Are manhole covers, trench covers, and similar covers, plus their supports, designed to carry a truck rear axle load of at least 20,000 pounds when located in roadways and subject to vehicle traffic?
  • Are floor or wall openings in fire-resistive construction provided with doors or covers compatible with the fire rating of the structure and provided with the self-closing feature when appropriate?

STAIRS & STAIRWAYS

  • Are standard stair rails or handrails on all stairways having four or more risers?
  • Are all stairways at least 22 inches wide?
  • Do stairs have at least a 6’6″ overhead clearance?
  • Do stairs angle no more than 50 and no less than 30 degrees?
  • Are stairs of hollow-pan type treads and landings filled to noising level with solid material?
  • Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to bottom, with no riser spacing greater than 7-1/2 inches?
  • Are steps on stairs and stairways designed or provided with a surface that renders them slip resistant?
  • Are stairway handrails located between 30 and 34 inches above the leading edge of stair treads?
  • Do stairway handrails have a least 1-1/2 inch of clearance between the handrails and the wall or surface they are mounted on?
  • Are stairway handrails capable of withstanding a load of 200 pounds, applied in any direction?
  • Where stairs or stairways exit directly into any area where vehicles may be operated, are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees stepping into the path of traffic?
  • Do stairway landings have a dimension measured in the direction of travel, at least equal to the width of the stairway?
  • Is the vertical distance between stairway landings limited to 12 feet or less?

ELEVATED SURFACES

  • Are signs posted, when appropriate, showing the elevated surface load capacity?
  • Are surfaces elevated more than 30 inches above the floor or ground provided with standard guardrails?
  • Are all elevated surfaces (beneath which people or machinery could be exposed to falling objects) provided with standard 4-inch toeboards?
  • Is a permanent means of access and egress provided to elevated storage and work surfaces?
  • Is required headroom provided where necessary?
  • Is material on elevated surfaces piled, stacked or racked in a manner to prevent it from tipping, falling, collapsing, rolling or spreading?
  • Are dock boards or bridge plates used when transferring materials between docks and trucks or rail cars?

EXITING OR EGRESS

  • Are all exits marked with an exit sign and illuminated by a reliable light source?
  • Are the directions to exits, when not immediately apparent, marked with visible signs?
  • Are doors, passageways or stairways, that are neither exits nor access to exits and which could be mistaken for exits, appropriately marked “NOT AN EXIT”, “TO BASEMENT”, “STOREROOM”, and the like?
  • Are exit signs provided with the word “EXIT” in lettering at least 5 inches high and the stroke of the lettering at least 1/2 inch wide?
  • Are exit doors side-hinged?
  • Are all exits kept free of obstructions?
  • Are at least two means of egress provided from elevated platforms, pits or rooms where the absence of a second exit would increase the risk of injury from hot, poisonous, corrosive, suffocating, flammable, or explosive substances?
  • Are there sufficient exits to permit prompt escape in case of emergency?
  • Are special precautions taken to protect employees during construction and repair operations?
  • Is the number of exits from each floor of a building, and the number of exits from the building itself, appropriate for the building occupancy load?
  • Are exit stairways which are required to be separated from other parts of a building enclosed by at least two-hour fire-resistive construction in buildings more than four stories in height, and not less than one-hour fire-resistive construction elsewhere?
  • When ramps are used as part of required exiting from a building, is the ramp slope limited to 1- foot vertical and 12 feet horizontal?
  • Where exiting will be through frameless glass doors, glass exit doors, storm doors, and such are the doors fully tempered and meet the safety requirements for human impact?

EXIT DOORS

  • Are doors that are required to serve as exits designed and constructed so that the way of exit travel is obvious and direct?
  • Are windows that could be mistaken for exit doors, made inaccessible by means of barriers or railings?
  • Are exit doors openable from the direction of exit travel without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort, when the building is occupied?
  • Is a revolving, sliding or overhead door prohibited from serving as a required exit door?
  • Where panic hardware is installed on a required exit door, will it allow the door to open by applying a force of 15 pounds or less in the direction of the exit traffic?
  • Are doors on cold storage rooms provided with an inside release mechanism that will release the latch and open the door even if it’s padlocked or otherwise locked on the outside?
  • Where exit doors open directly onto any street, alley or other areas where vehicles may be operated, are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees stepping into the path of traffic?
  • Are doors that swing in both directions and are located between rooms where there is frequent traffic, provided with viewing panels in each door?

PORTABLE LADDERS

  • Are all ladders maintained in good condition, joints between steps and side rails tight, all hardware and fittings securely attached, and moveable parts operating freely without binding or undue play?
  • Are non-slip safety feet provided on each ladder?
  • Are non-slip safety feet provided on each metal or rung ladder?
  • Are ladder rungs and steps free of grease and oil?
  • Is it prohibited to place a ladder in front of doors opening the ladder except when the door is blocked open, locked or guarded?
  • Is it prohibited to place ladders on boxes, barrels, or other unstable bases to obtain additional height?
  • Are employees instructed to face the ladder when ascending or descending?
  • Are employees prohibited from using ladders that are broken, missing steps, rungs, or cleats, broken side rails or other faulty equipment?
  • Are employees instructed not to use the top 2 steps of ordinary stepladders as a step?
  • When portable rung ladders are used to gain access to elevated platforms, roofs, and the like does the ladder always extend at least 3 feet above the elevated surface?
  • Is it required that when portable rung or cleat type ladders are used the base is so placed that slipping will not occur, or it is lashed or otherwise held in place?
  • Are portable metal ladders legibly marked with signs reading “CAUTION” “Do Not Use Around Electrical Equipment” or equivalent wording?
  • Are employees prohibited from using ladders as guys, braces, skids, gin poles, or for other than their intended purposes?
  • Are employees instructed to only adjust extension ladders while standing at a base (not while standing on the ladder or from a position above the ladder)?
  • Are metal ladders inspected for damage?
  • Are the rungs of ladders uniformly spaced at 12 inches, center to center?

HAND TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

  • Are all tools and equipment (both, company and employee-owned) used by employees at their workplace in good condition?
  • Are hand tools such as chisels, punches, which develop mushroomed heads in use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?
  • Are broken or fractured handles on hammers, axes and similar equipment replaced promptly?
  • Are worn or bent wrenches replaced regularly?
  • Are appropriate handles used on files and similar tools?
  • Are employees made aware of the hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?
  • Are appropriate safety glasses, face shields, and similar equipment used while using hand tools or equipment that might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage?
  • Are jacks checked periodically to assure they are in good operating condition?
  • Are tool handles wedged tightly in the head of all tools?
  • Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?
  • Are tools stored in dry, secure location where they won’t be tampered with?
  • Is eye and face protection used when driving hardened or tempered spuds or nails?

PORTABLE (POWER OPERATED) TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

  • Are grinders, saws, and similar equipment provided with appropriate safety guards?
  • Are power tools used with the correct shield, guard or attachment recommended by the manufacturer?
  • Are portable circular saws equipped with guards above and below the base shoe?
  • Are circular saw guards checked to assure they are not wedged up, thus leaving the lower portion of the blade unguarded?
  • Are rotating or moving parts of equipment guarded to prevent physical contact?
  • Are all cord-connected, electrically operated tools and equipment effectively grounded or of the approved double insulated type?
  • Are effective guards in place over belts, pulleys, chains, and sprockets, on equipment such as concrete mixers, air compressors, and the like?
  • Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings 1/2 inch or less?
  • Is hoisting equipment available and used for lifting heavy objects, and are hoist ratings and characteristics appropriate for the task?
  • Are ground-fault circuit interrupters provided on all temporary electrical 15 and 20-ampere circuits, used during periods of construction?
  • Are pneumatic and hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools checked regularly for deterioration or damage?

ABRASIVE WHEEL EQUIPMENT GRINDERS

  • Is the work rest used and kept adjusted to within 1/8 inch of the wheel?
  • Is the adjustable tongue on the top side of the grinder used and kept adjusted to within 1/4 inch of the wheel?
  • Do side guards cover the spindle, nut, and flange and 75 percent of the wheel diameter?
  • Are bench and pedestal grinders permanently mounted?
  • Are goggles or face shields always worn when grinding?
  • Is the maximum RPM rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with the RPM rating of the grinder motor?
  • Are fixed or permanently mounted grinders connected to their electrical supply system with metallic conduit or other permanent wiring methods?
  • Does each grinder have an individual on and off control switch?
  • Is each electrically operated grinder effectively grounded?
  • Before new abrasive wheels are mounted, are they visually inspected and ring tested?
  • Are dust collectors and powered exhausts provided on grinders used in operations that produce large amounts of dust?
  • Are splash guards mounted on grinders that use coolant, to prevent the coolant reaching employees?
  • Is cleanliness maintained around grinder?

POWDER ACTUATED TOOLS

  • Are employees who operate powder-actuated tools trained in their use and carry a valid operator’s card?
  • Do the powder-actuated tools being used have written approval of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health?
  • Is each powder-actuated tool stored in its own locked container when not being used?
  • Is a sign at least 7″ by 10″ with bold type reading “POWDER-ACTUATED TOOL IN USE” conspicuously posted when the tool is being used?
  • Are powder-actuated tools left unloaded until they are actually ready to be used?
  • Are powder-actuated tools inspected for obstructions or defects each day before use?
  • Do powder-actuated tools operators have and use appropriate personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety goggles, safety shoes and ear protectors?

MACHINE GUARDING

  • Is there a training program to instruct employees on safe methods of machine operation?
  • Is there adequate supervision to ensure that employees are following safe machine operating procedures?
  • Is there a regular program of safety inspection of machinery and equipment?
  • Is all machinery and equipment kept clean and properly maintained?
  • Is sufficient clearance provided around and between machines to allow for safe operations, set up and servicing, material handling and waste removal?
  • Is equipment and machinery securely placed and anchored, when necessary to prevent tipping or other movements that could result in personal injury?
  • Is there a power shut-off switch within reach of the operator’s position at each machine?
  • Can electric power to each machine be locked out for maintenance, repair, or security?
  • Are the noncurrent-carrying metal parts of electrically operated machines bonded and grounded?
  • Are foot-operated switches guarded or arranged to prevent accidental actuation by personnel or falling
  • Are manually operated valves and switches controlling the operation of equipment and machines clearly identified and readily accessible?
  • Are all emergency stop buttons colored red?
  • Are all pulleys and belts that are within 7 feet of the floor or working level properly guarded?
  • Are all moving chains and gears properly guarded?
  • Are splash guards mounted on machines that use coolant, to prevent the coolant from reaching employees?
  • Are methods provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards created at the point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks?
  • Are machinery guards secure and so arranged that they do not offer a hazard in their use?
  • If special hand tools are used for placing and removing material, do they protect the operator’s hands?
  • Are revolving drums, barrels, and containers required to be guarded by an enclosure that is interlocked with the drive mechanism, so that revolution cannot occur unless the guard enclosure is in place, so guarded?
  • Do arbors and mandrels have firm and secure bearings and are they free from play?
  • Are provisions made to prevent machines from automatically starting when power is restored after a power failure or shutdown?
  • Are machines constructed so as to be free from excessive vibration when the largest size tool is mounted and run at full speed?
  • If machinery is cleaned with compressed air, is air pressure controlled and personal protective equipment or other safeguards used to protect operators and other workers from eye and body injury?
  • Are fan blades protected with a guard having openings no larger than 1/2 inch when operating within 7 feet of the floor?
  • Are saws used for ripping, equipped with anti-kickback devices and spreaders?
  • Are radial arm saws so arranged that the cutting head will gently return to the back of the table when released?

LOCKOUT BLOCKOUT PROCEDURES

  • Is all machinery or equipment capable of movement, required to be de-energized or disengaged and blocked or locked out during cleaning, servicing, adjusting or setting up operations, whenever required?
  • Is the locking-out of control circuits in lieu of locking-out main power disconnects prohibited?
  • Are all equipment control valve handles provided with a means for locking-out?
  • Does the lockout procedure require that stored energy (i.e. mechanical, hydraulic, air,) be released or blocked before equipment is locked-out for repairs?
  • Are appropriate employees provided with individually keyed personal safety locks?
  • Are employees required to keep personal control of their key(s) while they have safety locks in use?
  • Is it required that employees check the safety of the lockout by attempting a startup after making sure no one is exposed?
  • Where the power disconnecting means for equipment does not also disconnect the electrical control circuit:
  • Are the appropriate electrical enclosures identified?
  • Is means provide to assure the control circuit can also be disconnected and locked out?

WELDING, CUTTING & BRAZING

  • Are only authorized and trained personnel permitted to use welding, cutting or brazing equipment?
  • Do all operator have a copy of the appropriate operating instructions and are they directed to follow them?
  • Are compressed gas cylinders regularly examined for obvious signs of defects, deep rusting, or leakage?
  • Is care used in handling and storage of cylinders, safety valves, relief valves, and the like, to prevent damage?
  • Are precautions taken to prevent the mixture of air or oxygen with flammable gases, except at a burner or in a standard torch?
  • Are only approved apparatus (torches, regulators, pressure-reducing valves, acetylene generators, manifolds) used?
  • Are cylinders kept away from sources of heat?
  • Is it prohibited to use cylinders as rollers or supports?
  • Are empty cylinders appropriately marking their valves closed and valve-protection caps on?
  • Are signs reading: DANGER NO-SMOKING, MATCHES, OR OPEN LIGHTS, or the equivalent posted?
  • Are cylinders, cylinder valves, couplings, regulators, hoses, and apparatus keep free of oily or greasy substances?
  • Is care taken not to drop or strike cylinders?
  • Unless secured on special trucks, are regulators removed and valve-protection caps put in place before moving cylinders?
  • Do cylinders without fixed hand wheels have keys, handles, or non-adjustable wrenches on stem valves when in service?
  • Are liquefied gases stored and shipped valve-end up with valve covers in place?
  • Are employees instructed to never crack a fuel-gas cylinder valve near sources of ignition?
  • Before a regulator is removed, is the valve closed and gas released from the regulator?
  • Is red used to identify the acetylene (and other fuel-gas) hose, green for oxygen hose, and black for inert gas and air hose?
  • Are pressure-reducing regulators used only for the gas and pressures for which they are intended?
  • Is open circuit (No Load) voltage of arc welding and cutting machines as low as possible and not in excess of the recommended limits?
  • Under wet conditions, are automatic controls for reducing no-load voltage used?
  • Is grounding of the machine frame and safety ground connections of portable machines checked periodically?
  • Are electrodes removed from the holders when not in use?
  • Is it required that electric power to the welder be shut off when no one is in attendance?
  • Is suitable fire extinguishing equipment available for immediate use?
  • Is the welder forbidden to coil or loop welding electrode cable around his body?
  • Are wet machines thoroughly dried and tested before being used?
  • Are work and electrode lead cables frequently inspected for wear and damage, and replaced when needed?
  • Do means for connecting cables’ lengths have adequate insulation?
  • When the object to be welded cannot be moved and fire hazards cannot be removed, are shields used to confine heat, sparks, and slag?
  • Are firewatchers assigned when welding or cutting is performed, in locations where a serious fire might develop?
  • Are combustible floors kept wet, covered by damp sand, or protected by fire-resistant shields?
  • When floors are wet down, are personnel protected from possible electrical shock?
  • When welding is done on metal walls, are precautions taken to protect combustibles on the other side?
  • Before hot work is begun, are used drums, barrels, tanks, and other containers so thoroughly cleaned that no substances remain that could explode, ignite, or produce toxic vapors?
  • Is it required that eye protection helmets, hand shields, and goggles meet appropriate standards?
  • Are employees exposed to the hazards created by welding, cutting, or bracing operations protected with personal protective equipment and clothing?
  • Is a check made for adequate ventilation in and where welding or cutting is performed?
  • When working in confined places are environmental monitoring tests were taken and means provided for quick removal of welders in case of an emergency?

COMPRESSORS & COMPRESSED AIR

  • Are compressors equipped with pressure relief valves, and pressure gauges?
  • Are compressor air intakes installed and equipped to ensure that only clean uncontaminated air enters the compressor?
  • Are air filters installed on the compressor intake?
  • Are compressors operated and lubricated in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations?
  • Are safety devices on compressed air systems checked frequently?
  • Before any repair work is done on the pressure system of a compressor, is the pressure bled off and the system locked-out?
  • Are signs posted to warn of the automatic starting feature of the compressors?
  • Is the belt drive system totally enclosed to provide protection for the front, back, top, and sides?
  • Is it strictly prohibited to direct compressed air towards a person?
  • Are employees prohibited from using highly compressed air for cleaning purposes?
  • If compressed air is used for cleaning off clothing, is the pressure reduced to less than 10 psi?
  • When using compressed air for cleaning, do employees use the personal protective equipment?
  • Are safety chains or other suitable locking devices used at couplings of high-pressure hose lines where a connection failure would create a hazard?
  • Before compressed air is used to empty containers of liquid, is the safe working pressure of the container checked?
  • When compressed air is used with abrasive blast cleaning equipment, is the operating valve a type that must be held open manually?
  • When compressed air is used to inflate auto tires, is a clip-on chuck and an inline regulator preset to 40 psi required?
  • Is it prohibited to use compressed air to clean up or move combustible dust if such action could cause the dust to be suspended in the air and cause a fire or explosion hazard?

COMPRESSED AIR RECEIVERS

  • Is every receiver equipped with a pressure gauge and with one or more automatic, spring-loaded safety valves?
  • Is the total relieving capacity of the safety valve capable of preventing pressure in the receiver from exceeding the maximum allowable working pressure of the receiver by more than 10 percent?
  • Is every air receiver provided with a drainpipe and valve at the lowest point for the removal of accumulated oil and water?
  • Are compressed air receivers periodically drained of moisture and oil?
  • Are all safety valves tested frequently and at regular intervals to determine whether they are in good operating condition?
  • Is there a current operating permit issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health?
  • Is the inlet of air receivers and piping systems kept free of accumulated oil and carbonaceous materials?

COMPRESSED GAS & CYLINDERS

  • Are cylinders with a water weight capacity over 30 pounds equipped with means for connecting a valve protector device, or with a collar or recess to protect the valve?
  • Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the gas contained?
  • Are compressed gas cylinders stored in areas which are protected from external heat sources such as flame impingement, intense radiant heat, electric arcs, or high-temperature lines?
  • Are cylinders located or stored in areas where they will not be damaged by passing or falling objects, or subject to tampering by unauthorized persons?
  • Are cylinders stored or transported in a manner to prevent them creating a hazard by tipping, falling or rolling?
  • Are cylinders containing liquefied fuel gas, stored or transported in a position so that the safety relief device is always in direct contact with the vapor space in the cylinder?
  • Are valve protectors always placed on cylinders when the cylinders are not in use or connected for use?
  • Are all valves closed off before a cylinder is moved, when the cylinder is empty, and at the completion of each job?
  • Are low-pressure fuel-gas cylinders checked periodically for corrosion, general distortion, cracks, or any other defect that might indicate a weakness or render it unfit for service?
  • Does the periodic check of low-pressure fuel-gas cylinders include a close inspection of the cylinders’ bottom?

HOIST & AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT

  • Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a limit device to stop the hook travel at its highest and lowest point of safe travel?
  • Will each hoist automatically stop and hold any load up to 125 percent of its rated load, if its actuating force is removed?
  • Is the rated load of each hoist legibly marked and visible to the operator?
  • Are stops provided at the safe limits of travel for trolley hoist?
  • Are the controls of hoists plainly marked to indicate the direction of travel or motion?
  • Is each cage-controlled hoist equipped with an effective warning device?
  • Are close-fitting guards or other suitable devices installed on the hoist to assure hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave groves?
  • Are all hoist chains or ropes of sufficient length to handle the full range of movement for the application while still maintaining two full wraps on the drum at all times?
  • Are nip points or contact points between hoist ropes and sheaves which are permanently located within 7 feet of the floor, ground or working platform, guarded?
  • Is it prohibited to use chains or rope slings that are kinked or twisted?
  • Is it prohibited to use the hoist rope or chain wrapped around the load as a substitute, for a sling?
  • Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying loads over people?
  • Are only employees who have been trained in the proper use of hoists allowed to operate them?

INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS – FORKLIFTS

COMPRESSORS & COMPRESSED AIR

  • Are compressors equipped with pressure relief valves, and pressure gauges?
  • Are compressor air intakes installed and equipped to ensure that only clean uncontaminated air enters the compressor?
  • Are air filters installed on the compressor intake?
  • Are compressors operated and lubricated in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations?
  • Are safety devices on compressed air systems checked frequently?
  • Before any repair work is done on the pressure system of a compressor, is the pressure bled off and the system locked-out?
  • Are signs posted to warn of the automatic starting feature of the compressors?
  • Is the belt drive system totally enclosed to provide protection for the front, back, top, and sides?
  • Is it strictly prohibited to direct compressed air towards a person?
  • Are employees prohibited from using highly compressed air for cleaning purposes?
  • If compressed air is used for cleaning off clothing, is the pressure reduced to less than 10 psi?
  • When using compressed air for cleaning, do employees use the personal protective equipment?
  • Are safety chains or other suitable locking devices used at couplings of high-pressure hose lines where a connection failure would create a hazard?
  • Before compressed air is used to empty containers of liquid, is the safe working pressure of the container checked?
  • When compressed air is used with abrasive blast cleaning equipment, is the operating valve a type that must be held open manually?
  • When compressed air is used to inflate auto tires, is a clip-on chuck and an inline regulator preset to 40 psi required?
  • Is it prohibited to use compressed air to clean up or move combustible dust if such action could cause the dust to be suspended in the air and cause a fire or explosion hazard?

COMPRESSED AIR RECEIVERS

  • Is every receiver equipped with a pressure gauge and with one or more automatic, spring-loaded safety valves?
  • Is the total relieving capacity of the safety valve capable of preventing pressure in the receiver from exceeding the maximum allowable working pressure of the receiver by more than 10 percent?
  • Is every air receiver provided with a drainpipe and valve at the lowest point for the removal of accumulated oil and water?
  • Are compressed air receivers periodically drained of moisture and oil?
  • Are all safety valves tested frequently and at regular intervals to determine whether they are in good operating condition?
  • Is there a current operating permit issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health?
  • Is the inlet of air receivers and piping systems kept free of accumulated oil and carbonaceous materials?

COMPRESSED GAS & CYLINDERS

  • Are cylinders with a water weight capacity over 30 pounds equipped with means for connecting a valve protector device, or with a collar or recess to protect the valve?
  • Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the gas contained?
  • Are compressed gas cylinders stored in areas which are protected from external heat sources such as flame impingement, intense radiant heat, electric arcs, or high-temperature lines?
  • Are cylinders located or stored in areas where they will not be damaged by passing or falling objects, or subject to tampering by unauthorized persons?
  • Are cylinders stored or transported in a manner to prevent them creating a hazard by tipping, falling or rolling?
  • Are cylinders containing liquefied fuel gas, stored or transported in a position so that the safety relief device is always in direct contact with the vapor space in the cylinder?
  • Are valve protectors always placed on cylinders when the cylinders are not in use or connected for use?
  • Are all valves closed off before a cylinder is moved, when the cylinder is empty, and at the completion of each job?
  • Are low-pressure fuel-gas cylinders checked periodically for corrosion, general distortion, cracks, or any other defect that might indicate a weakness or render it unfit for service?
  • Does the periodic check of low-pressure fuel-gas cylinders include a close inspection of the cylinders’ bottom?

HOIST & AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT

  • Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a limit device to stop the hook travel at its highest and lowest point of safe travel?
  • Will each hoist automatically stop and hold any load up to 125 percent of its rated load, if its actuating force is removed?
  • Is the rated load of each hoist legibly marked and visible to the operator?
  • Are stops provided at the safe limits of travel for trolley hoist?
  • Are the controls of hoists plainly marked to indicate the direction of travel or motion?
  • Is each cage-controlled hoist equipped with an effective warning device?
  • Are close-fitting guards or other suitable devices installed on the hoist to assure hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave groves?
  • Are all hoist chains or ropes of sufficient length to handle the full range of movement for the application while still maintaining two full wraps on the drum at all times?
  • Are nip points or contact points between hoist ropes and sheaves which are permanently located within 7 feet of the floor, ground or working platform, guarded?
  • Is it prohibited to use chains or rope slings that are kinked or twisted?
  • Is it prohibited to use the hoist rope or chain wrapped around the load as a substitute, for a sling?
  • Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying loads over people?
  • Are only employees who have been trained in the proper use of hoists allowed to operate them?

INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS – FORKLIFTS

  • Are only trained personnel allowed to operate industrial trucks?
  • Is substantial overhead protective equipment provided on high lift rider equipment?
  • Are the required lift truck operating rules posted and enforced?
  • Is directional lighting provided on each industrial truck that operates in an area with less than 2-foot-candles per square foot of general lighting?
  • Does each industrial truck have a warning horn, whistle, gong or other devices which can be clearly heard above the normal noise in the areas where operated?
  • Are the brakes on each industrial truck capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete and safe stop when fully loaded?
  • Will the industrial truck’s parking brake effectively prevent the vehicle from moving when unattended?
  • Are industrial trucks operating in areas where flammable gases or vapors, or combustible dust or ignitable fibers may be present in the atmosphere, approved for such locations?
  • Are motorized hand and hand/rider trucks so designed that the brakes are applied, and power to the drive motor shuts off when the operator releases his/her grip on the device that controls the travel?
  • Are industrial trucks with internal combustion engine operated in buildings or enclosed areas, carefully checked to ensure such operations do not cause the harmful concentration of dangerous gases or fumes?

SPRAYING OPERATIONS

  • Is adequate ventilation assured before spray operations are started?
  • Is mechanical ventilation provided when spraying operation is done in enclosed areas?
  • When mechanical ventilation is provided during spraying operations, is it so arranged that it will not circulate the contaminated air?
  • Is the spray area free of hot surfaces?
  • Is the spray area at least 20 feet from flames, sparks, operating electrical motors and other ignition sources?
  • Are portable lamps used to illuminate spray areas suitable for use in a hazardous location?
  • Is approved respiratory equipment provided and used when appropriate during spraying operations?
  • Do solvents used for cleaning have a flash point of 100E F or more?
  • Are fire control sprinkler heads kept clean?
  • Are “NO SMOKING” signs posted in spray areas, paint rooms, paint booths, and paint storage areas?
  • Is the spray area kept clean of combustible residue?
  • Are spray booths constructed of metal, masonry, or other substantial noncombustible material?
  • Are spray booth floors and baffles noncombustible and easily cleaned?
  • Is infrared drying apparatus kept out of the spray area during spraying operations?
  • Is the spray booth completely ventilated before using the drying apparatus?
  • Is the electric drying apparatus properly grounded?
  • Are lighting fixtures for spray booths located outside of the booth and the interior light through sealed clear panels?
  • Are the electric motors for exhaust fans placed outside booths or ducts?
  • Are belts and pulleys inside the booth fully enclosed?
  • Do ducts have access doors to allow cleaning?
  • Do all drying spaces have adequate ventilation?

ENTERING CONFINED SPACES

  • Are confined spaces thoroughly emptied of any corrosive or hazardous substances, such as acids or caustics, before entry?
  • Before entry, are all lines to a confined space, containing inert, toxic, flammable, or corrosive materials valved off and blanked or disconnected and separated?
  • Is it required that all impellers, agitators, or other moving equipment inside confined spaces be locked-out if they present a hazard?
  • Is either natural or mechanical ventilation provided prior to confined space entry?
  • Before entry, are appropriate atmospheric tests performed to check for oxygen deficiency, toxic substance, and explosive concentrations in the confined space before entry?
  • Is adequate illumination provided for the work to be performed in the confined space?
  • Is the atmosphere inside the confined space frequently tested or continuously monitor during the conduct of work?
  • Is there an assigned safety standby employee outside of the confined space, whose sole responsibility is to watch the work in progress, sound an alarm if necessary, and render assistance?
  • Is the standby employee or other employees prohibited from entering the confined space without lifelines and respiratory equipment if there are any questions as to the cause of an emergency?
  • In addition to the standby employee, is there at least one other trained rescuer in the vicinity?
  • Are all rescuers appropriately trained and using approved, recently inspected equipment?
  • Does all rescue equipment allow for lifting employees vertically from a top opening?
  • Are there trained personnel in First Aid and CPR immediately available?
  • Is there an effective communication system in place whenever respiratory equipment is used and the employee in the confined space is out of sight of the standby person?
  • Is approved respiratory equipment required if the atmosphere inside the confined space cannot be made acceptable?
  • Is all portable electrical equipment used inside confined spaces either grounded and insulated, or equipped with ground fault protection?
  • Before gas welding or burning is started in a confined space, are hoses checked for leaks, compressed gas bottles forbidden inside of the confined space, torches lighted only outside of the confined area and the confined area tested for an explosive atmosphere each time before a lighted torch is to be taken into the confined space?
  • If employees will be using oxygen-consuming equipment such as salamanders, torches, furnaces, in a confined space, is sufficient air provided to assure combustion without reducing the oxygen concentration of the atmosphere below 19.5 percent by volume?
  • Whenever combustion-type equipment is used in confined space, are provisions made to ensure the exhaust gases are vented outside of the enclosure?
  • Is each confined space checked for decaying vegetation or animal matter, which may produce methane?
  • Is the confined space checked for possible industrial waste, which could contain toxic properties?
  • If the confined space is below the ground and near areas where motor vehicles will be operating, is it possible for vehicle exhaust or carbon monoxide to enter the space?

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