OHS Workplace Inspection Checklist

Use the OHS Workplace Inspection Checklist to spot any unsafe acts or conditions by inspecting materials, equipment, lighting, safeguards, clothing, etc.

OHS Workplace Inspection Checklist



Safeguards

1. Are there missing or inadequate guards to protect against being struck by moving parts or expelled particles?


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2. Are there missing or inadequate guards to protect against being caught or falling on, into, or between objects?


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3. Are there faulty supports or bracing?


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4. Are there faulty warning, signaling, safety, or automatic control devices?


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Clothing

1. Is there use of defective or lack of personal protective clothing or personal protective equipment (PPE)?


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2. Is the attire inadequate against being struck by moving parts or objects or contact with hazardous substances?


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3. Is the attire likely to cause falls tripping, or catching on, in, or between equipment and machinery?


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4. Does the clothing for outdoor workers fail to protect against exposure to sun, cold, or heat?


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Operating Without Authority And Failure To Warn

1. Are tasks being started, stopped, used, or moved without giving the required signal or warning?


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2. Is there a failure or neglect to place warning or danger signs where and when required?


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3. Are warning signs placed in unsuitable locations?


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4. Are tasks being carried out without advising others who will be affected, such as spraying?


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Failing To Secure

1. Is there a failure to lock, block, tie, or otherwise secure materials or equipment against unexpected movement, particularly in vehicles?


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2. Is there a failure to attach warning signs to defective equipment or to render it inoperative?


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Unsafe Position Or Operations

1. Are activities being undertaken without proper safety equipment?


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2. Are personnel exposed to objects slipping, sliding, rolling, splashing, or falling?


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3. Are poor postures being adopted?


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4. Are items being lifted too far from the body or too high above the shoulders?


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5. Are joints or the body being twisted or rotated while shifting a load?


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6. Are appropriate rest breaks or preparatory exercises being neglected?


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Operating Or Working At An Unsafe Rate

1. Is there running in areas where it is unsafe?


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2. Are individuals jumping from vehicles, platforms, ladders, benches, etc.?


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3. Is driving being done in a dangerous manner, for too long a period, or too far?


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4. Are items being thrown or dropped instead of being hoisted, carried, or lowered safely?


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5. Is there rushing to finish tasks or meet deadlines without considering safe operations?


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6. Are data entry operations being carried out without adequate rest breaks and exercises?


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Loading, Placing, Storing, Mixing Unsafely

1. Is equipment or personnel being overloaded, creating too much stress?


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2. Are working areas being crowded or congested with objects?


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3. Are loads being lifted or carried without proper assessment or without waiting for a team lift?


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4. Is equipment or material being arranged or placed unsafely?


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5. Are substances being injected, mixed, or combined in a way that creates a hazardous environment?


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6. Are hazardous objects or materials being introduced into enclosures, such as naked lights in paint shops?


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7. Are incompatible materials being stored together?


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Working Areas, Storage Areas, And Access Ways

1. Are the work areas or offices too hot or too cold?


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2. Is the air movement too high, too low, or nonexistent?


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3. Is the ventilation ineffective or inadequate?


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4. Are there unsafe storage areas or containers that expose materials to heat, moisture, vibration, flame, sparks, or chemical reactions?


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5. Are there more than minimum quantities of materials stored in work areas?


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6. Are the work areas too noisy?


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7. Is there congestion or insufficient working space?


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8. Are electrical cables or cords lying across walkways?


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9. Are there unsafe traffic conditions, such as loose or torn carpet or damaged or loose tiles?


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10. Are there protruding objects or obstructions in the work area, such as filing cabinets or photocopiers?


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11. Is there poor housekeeping, and are the work areas unclean or unhygienic?


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12. Is there a lack of first-aid, fire-fighting equipment, or emergency appliances?


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13. Are the floors or surfaces slippery, rough, or uneven?


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Materials, Tools, And Protective Equipment

1. Are the tools or personal protective equipment insufficient or damaged?


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2. Are labels or Material Safety Data Sheets missing or inadequate?


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3. Are there inadequate or missing Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) for tasks?


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4. Are the materials and/or containers decomposed, contaminated, corroded, or eroded?


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5. Are materials stacked or stored unsafely?


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Lighting

1. Is there insufficient illumination for the undertaken activity?


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2. Is there excessive glare from the light source?


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3. Is there a stroboscopic effect from fans, moving equipment, or light passing through trees?


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4. Is there a need for color correction?


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Equipment

1. Is the equipment susceptible to breakage, collapse, tipping over, falling, rolling, sliding, or slipping?


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2. Is there leakage of gasses, fumes, or fluids?


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3. Is there a lack of emergency cut-off controls?


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4. Have electrical testing and tagging not been completed or are not up-to-date?


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5. Is there excessive noise, heat, or vibration?


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6. Are electrical connections damaged, lying in water, or forming trip hazards?


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7. Are periodic maintenance log books not in use or not kept updated?


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