EHS Audit checklist

General EHS Audit checklist for internal Environment, Health and Safety inspections in the workplace, or to prepare for an external EHS inspection.

EHS Audit checklist



EQUIPMENT

1. Is proper guarding of any pinch points, rotating collars, cams, chucks, couplings, shafts, flywheels, spindles, bolt ends, rotating mechanisms, etc. in place?


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2. Are all protective guards (including light curtains and interlocks) in place, effective, and checked daily or before use?


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3. Are all controls and emergency stops clearly identified and within reach of the operator?


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4. Are all emergency stops, safety guards, and safety devices located on equipment and tools working and adjusted properly?


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5. Are grinder gaps 1/8 inch from the bottom of the wheel and 1/4 inch from the top of the wheel?


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6. Is the grinding wheel surface not damaged or worn (must be square and no grinding on the side of the wheel)?


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7. Is there no aluminum found in the grinding wheel surface?


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8. Are fans inspected annually for damage (cracked blades, guards, cords, etc.)?


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9. Are the heat lamp and work light bulbs guarded?


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10. Are all fixed machines bolted to the floor?


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11. Do air nozzles have relief valves to decrease pressure to 29 psi or lower?


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12. Are air disconnects and safety nozzles the correct type (safety relief vents may not be covered or sealed in any way)?


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13. Are airlines and hydraulic lines free of damage?


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AISLES/EXITS/EGRESS

1. Is the minimum width of any aisle leading to an exit at least 44 inches wide?


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2. Are exits marked, free of debris, and readily accessible at all times?


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3. Is emergency lighting operating? (Test by using the test button if you can do so from the ground or floor.)?


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4. Can you see marked exits or exit signs from the aisles in your area?


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5. Are aisles and doorways kept clear, and free of obstructions with trip hazards minimized to permit visibility and movement?


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6. Are doors not used for egress (closets, offices, etc.) that could incorrectly be thought to be an exit labeled “NOT AN EXIT?”


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7. Are floor surfaces clean, dry, level, not slippery or sticky, and in good condition?


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ERGONOMICS

1. Are ergonomic problems observed with the workstation, keyboard, posture, or work habits?


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2. Are employees advised on the proper lifting techniques?


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3. Are mechanical lifting aids available for heavy or awkward items?


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COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS

1. Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the gas contained?


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2. Are cylinders stored away from a heat source, and do they have a separation between flammables and oxidizers?


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3. Are cylinders located or stored in a manner to prevent them from creating a hazard by tripping, falling, or rolling? The cylinders should be stored upright and chained with the protective cap in place (including empty containers).


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4. Are valve protector caps placed on cylinders when not in use?


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5. Are flammables and combustibles stored properly?


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EYEWASH STATION

1. Is the eyewash station clean and tested?


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2. Is the eyewash station located in a way that assures free and unimpeded access?


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EMERGENCY, HEALTH, AND SAFETY INFORMATION

1. Are area hazard signs visible, legible, understandable, and in compliance with regulations?


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2. Are procedures established for alerting employees of an emergency in the workplace (i.e., fire and shelter)?


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3. Are fire alarm pull station locations marked and unobstructed?


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4. Are signs for emergency numbers, routes, and evacuation plans posted?


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5. Are the Evacuation Coordinators and PI/Safety Designates assigned?


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6. Do employees know who their Evacuation Coordinators and PI/Safety Designates are?


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7. Do the Evacuation Coordinators have their numbers readily available and functional?


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8. Is a copy of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the area available for employees to read?


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9. Are employees trained on emergency procedures (primary and secondary routes)? Do they know where to go?


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10. Does the EAP include a way to alert employees, including disabled workers, to evacuate or take other action and include instructions on how to report emergencies?


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FORKLIFT/INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS – DAILY INSPECTION

1. Is the daily inspection performed prior to the first use and log entry completed?


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2. Do all operators have current qualifications?


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3. Are service valves closed on all propane equipment left inside overnight?


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4. Is a harness and lanyard used at all times with scissor-lift/Hi-Bob, aerial platform, etc.?


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5. Is the load capacity labeled?


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6. Are vehicles driven backward with awkward or bulky loads?


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7. Are all traffic signs observed? (Operators must stop at stop signs.)


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8. Are pedestrians given the right-of-way?


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9. Are safety glasses and seat belts worn while operating the truck?


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FIRE EMERGENCY

1. Are fire extinguishers fully charged and have current inspection dates? All previous months should be signed off.


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2. Are fire extinguishers and hoses mounted, visible, and accessible?


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3. Do employees know where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them?


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4. Do fire doors and shutters appear to be in good operating condition?


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HAZARD COMMUNICATION – CHEMICAL SAFETY

1. Do employees know what an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is, where to find them, and how to use them?


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2. Is each container of hazardous chemicals in the work area properly labeled by identifying the chemical it contains and marked with health hazards?


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3. Are all chemicals that are used in the facility listed in the MSDS book and available?


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4. Is food separated and away from chemicals in the work area?


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FIRE PREVENTION

1. Is there a minimum 24-inch clearance between storage and sprinkler heads?


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2. Are “NO SMOKING” areas enforced?


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3. Are electrical outlets or cords not overloaded? Only allowable number of connections (i.e., a 4-way outlet only has 4 pieces of equipment connected and not loaded with additional extension cords). NOTE: Isolated power not included.


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4. Are fire sprinkler heads unobstructed and free of dirt and corrosion?


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HOIST/CRANES/LIFTING DEVICES

1. Are all slings, hoists, chains, jacks, and supports certified and tagged with load limits and inspection dates?


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2. Is the weight of all loads known and is the crane (user) inspected before use?


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3. Is there a full, unrestricted view for the operator before lifting the load?


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4. Are all loads being lifted overhead secured?


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5. Is there no one beneath the load while it is suspended?


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6. Does the crane operator have a current license or certificate?


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FLAMMABLES/COMBUSTIBLES

1. Are hazardous materials properly stored?


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2. Are chemicals properly stored and returned to the appropriate cabinet at the end of the shift?


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3. Are safety cans in good condition (no corrosion, damage, etc.) with a flame arrestor in place?


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4. Are flammable cabinets grounded and containers bonded when dispensing flammable liquids? Only cabinets from which flammable liquids are dispensed need to be grounded.


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5. Are flammable liquids stored in approved safety containers?


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6. Are materials that could burn kept away from ignition sources?


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7. Is the area free of excessive trash or combustibles?


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8. Do all cans with red lids have fusible links?


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9. Are the tops of the flammable cabinets clear (nothing stored on top)?


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10. Are all flammable bottle tips unmodified and/or undamaged?


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11. Are backflow valves working in all flammable bottles?


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12. Is heat-producing equipment turned off at night when no one is present?


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LADDERS/SCAFFOLDING

1. Are all step ladders under 20 feet in length?


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2. Are rubber feet on ladders in good repair?


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3. Are all ladders in good condition with no structural damage?


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4. Are there no metal or aluminum ladders in electrical areas?


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5. Are ladders being used properly (only one person on the ladder at a time and no one standing above the second step down from the top)?


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6. Are fixed stairs being used (instead of ladders) where regular travel is needed?


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HOUSEKEEPING/WORK ENVIRONMENT

1. Are desk/work and storage areas clean, organized, and sanitary?


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2. Are trash containers (large 55 gallons) covered?


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3. Are electrical/network cables organized to eliminate trip hazards?


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4. Are drawers of desks and file cabinets kept closed when not in use?


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5. Are file cabinets arranged so drawers do not open into aisles?


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6. Is only one file drawer opened at a time?


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7. Is the knife blade on the paper cutter lowered and latched when not in use?


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8. Are mezzanines labeled with floor load capacity?


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9. Is all lighting lit and/or appears adequate for the task performed?


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10. Are floor openings covered and secure?


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11. Are spilled or dropped items cleaned up and put away?


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12. Are guardrails installed where required? (Guardrails are required where there is over 48 inches to the next lower level.)


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PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPE): EYE AND FACE/RESPIRATORY/HEARING

1. Are areas clearly marked as a “HEARING CONSERVATION” area, as needed?


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2. Are approved safety glasses, face shields, gloves, palm guards, aprons, clothing, and hearing protection used in required areas?


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3. Are employees using appropriate respirators for the work being done?


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4. Are respirators clean and stored properly?


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5. Are employees using respirators clean-shaven (so the mask will seal against the face)?


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6. Are employees using paper respirators (paper masks) and trained in their proper use?


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SECURITY ITEMS

1. Do employees have proper ID badges?


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2. Do contractors/vendors have proper ID badges?


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3. Are visitors escorted and have proper ID badges?


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4. Are employees, contractors, and visitors displaying their ID badges above the waist and on an outer garment?


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5. Are doors that should be secure not being propped open?


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PPE: FALL PROTECTION

1. Is appropriate fall protection provided and used properly (safety harness, lanyard, and if needed, self-retracting lifeline)?


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2. Is fall protection PPE stored properly, kept clean, and out of direct sunlight?


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3. Is fall protection PPE inspected and certified annually?


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STRUCTURES

1. Are ceiling tiles not damaged, loose, or missing?


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2. Have all overhead hazards been identified?


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WALKING SURFACES/STAIRS

1. Are all floor tracks covered or covered as much as possible when in use?


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2. Is the angle of fixed stairs within 30 to 50 degrees?


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3. Are non-slip surfaces in good condition on steps and platforms?


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4. Are stairwells clear and handrails in good condition?


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5. Are mobile work platforms available and used?


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CLEAN AIR ACT COMPLIANCE

1. Are any solvent-contaminated rags lying about in the work area?


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2. Are solvent-contaminated rags properly disposed of?


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3. Have all open-top solvent pump cans been removed from the work area?


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4. Are containers, solvent dispensing containers, paint gun cleaning containers, and solvent dispensing bottles closed when not in use?


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CLEAN WATER ACT COMPLIANCE

1. Employees do not dump waste into drains or sinks unless authorized (including wash water and mop water).


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2. No wastes dumped outside or in storm sewers or catch basins.


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3. Are pipes, pumps, hoses, and valves free of leaks or defects?


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4. Do sumps, pits, lift station containment valves remain dry?


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5. Are spills and leaks attended to and reported when required?


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HAZARDOUS/NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE COMPLIANCE

1. Are hazardous waste containers properly identified and labeled with the words, “HAZARDOUS WASTE?”


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2. Are used oil collection containers properly identified and clearly labeled with the words, “USED OIL?”


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3. Are controlled and non-hazardous wastes being collected and managed properly (i.e., returnable towels, coolant sludge, composite waste, fluorescent lamps)? Are containers properly identified and clearly labeled with contents?


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4. Are hazardous waste collection containers fully closed while not in use? Lids that “spring up” are not fully closed.


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5. Are used oil waste containers closed while not in use?


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6. Are trash cans free of hazardous waste?


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7. Are trash cans free of scrap metal?


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8. Is there less than 55 gallons per waste stream at satellite accumulation area(s)?


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9. Are hazardous waste satellite accumulation area signs in place?


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10. Are employees familiar with the waste materials generated in the work area and the proper disposal method(s)?


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11. Are proper absorbent materials on hand for spills?


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12. Is waste removed in a timely manner?


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EMPLOYEE WORK PRACTICES

1. Is long hair tied back when around machinery? (Hair that touches the shoulder must be tied back.) (Apron strings and non-breakaway badge lanyards, etc., should also be secure in some manner.)


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2. Is Job Safety Analysis (JSA) information available for employee reference for infrequently performed tasks and high-value or high-risk tasks?


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ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT MARKINGS

1. Do circuit breakers clearly indicate whether they are in the “ON” or “OFF” position and are switch panels clearly marked?


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2. Is electrical panel access clear – 36 inches clearance in front of the panel?


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3. Is equipment intended for long-term use hard-wired into permanent facility wiring?


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ELECTRICAL GROUNDING

1. Are electrical appliances, portable electrical tools, and fixed electrical equipment grounded or UL-rated/double insulated and in good repair?


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2. Do extension cords being used have a grounding conductor and are in good repair?


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3. Are extension cords used only for temporary wiring applications (60 days max.)?


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