OSHA Housekeeping Checklist

This OSHA housekeeping standards checklist can be used for inspections to ensure that health & safety regulations are met in the facility, and that personnel follow safe practices.?

OSHA Housekeeping Checklist



OSHA Housekeeping

1. Is there a program in place and followed that prevents the accumulation of dust on floors, decks, and ledges, particularly outside of abrasive-blasting enclosures?


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2. Is sufficient ventilation in place to (1) provide good operator visibility, (2) prevent dust from settling and accumulating in the room, (3) reduce dust concentrations, and (4) prevent the escape of contaminants into adjacent work areas or the environment?


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3. Are dust residues cleaned at regular intervals and in areas that may be normally overlooked (e.g., overhead)?


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4. Are cleaning methods in place to minimize dust clouds, particularly where ignition sources are present?


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5. Are vacuum cleaners approved for dust collection onsite and used?


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6. Is potable water made available to workers for drinking, cooking, food preparation, worker health and personal needs?


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7. Are non-potable water outlets clearly marked "NOT SAFE FOR HEALTH OR PERSONAL USE"?


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8. Are toilets clean, serviceable, and adequate in number at the worksite?


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9. Are handwashing facilities adjacent to each toilet facility and do they contain: hot and cold or lukewarm running water and soap, or waterless skin-cleansing agents; clean, single-use hand towels stored in a sanitary container, clean individual sections of continuous cloth towelling, or air blowers; and a sanitary means for disposing of single-use hand towels?


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10. Is there a schedule for servicing, cleaning, and supplying each facility in place?


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11. Where a servicing, cleaning, and supplying schedule is in place, is it being followed?


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12. Are changing rooms available for workers to change into and from protective clothing to prevent contamination from hazardous or toxic substances?


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13. Do changing rooms provide privacy for each gender?


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14. Do changing rooms provide separate storage facilities for street clothes?


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15. Do changing rooms provide separate storage for protective clothing?


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16. Are designated areas provided for the consumption or storing of food, beverages, and tobacco products? Are these areas free from exposure to toxic substances?


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17. Is there a vermin control program in place that is maintained?


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18. Is the work area constructed, equipped, and maintained to prevent the entrance or harbourage of rodents, insects, and other vermin?


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19. Are walkways and working surfaces clean and clear of debris?


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20. Are working surfaces kept dry, or are other protective measures in place that include drainage, false floors, platforms, mats, and designated dry standing areas?


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21. Are slippery conditions, such as snow and ice, eliminated in designated walkways and working surfaces?


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22. Are obstructions, such as nails, splinters, holes or loose boards eliminated from walkways and working surfaces?


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23. Are tools, materials, equipment, and other objects used during servicing or maintenance kept clear of walkways to allow for adequate passage?


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24. Are hoses and electrical service cords positioned to prevent injury to workers or damage to the hoses and cords themselves (e.g., crossover planks, beneath grating, stowed overhead)?


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25. Are exit routes clearly marked “Exit,” as well as indicating the direction of travel to the exit, if not immediately apparent?


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26. Are doorways, emergency exits, fire protection equipment, electrical panels, eyewash stations, and safety showers free from obstructions?


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27. Are passageways, walkways, and working surfaces kept clear of steel shot or similar abrasives that may create a slipping hazard?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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