OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Checklist

Use this OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Checklist for self-inspections to ensure correct housekeeping, hazard prevention, and regulatory compliance.

OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Checklist



Stairs And Stairways

1. Are standard stair rails or handrails on all stairways having four or more risers?


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2. Are all stairways at least 22 inches wide?


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3. Do stairs have landing platforms not less than 30 inches in the direction of travel and extend 22 inches in width at every 12 feet or less of vertical rise?


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4. Do stairs angle no more than 50 and no less than 30 degrees?


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5. Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to bottom?


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6. Are steps on stairs and stairways designed or provided with a surface that renders them slip-resistant?


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7. Are stairway handrails located between 30 and 34 inches above the leading edge of stair treads?


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8. Do stairway handrails have at least 3 inches of clearance between the handrails and the wall or surface they are mounted on?


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9. Where doors or gates open directly on a stairway, is there a platform provided so the swing of the door does not reduce the width of the platform to less than 21 inches?


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10. Where stairs or stairways exit directly into any area where vehicles may be operated, are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees from stepping into the path of traffic?


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11. Do stairway landings have a dimension measured in the direction of travel, at least equal to the width of the stairway?


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Elevated Surfaces

1. Are signs posted, when appropriate, showing the elevated surface load capacity?


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2. Are surfaces elevated more than 30 inches above the floor or ground provided with standard guardrails?


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3. Are all elevated surfaces (beneath which people or machinery could be exposed to falling objects) provided with standard 4-inch toeboards?


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4. Is a permanent means of access and egress provided to elevated storage and work surfaces?


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5. Is required headroom provided where necessary?


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6. Is the material on elevated surfaces piled, stacked, or racked in a manner to prevent it from tipping, falling, collapsing, rolling, or spreading?


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7. Are dock boards or bridge plates used when transferring materials between docks and trucks or rail cars?


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General Work Environment

1. Is a documented, functioning housekeeping program in place?


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2. Are all worksites clean, sanitary, and orderly?


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3. Are work surfaces kept dry or are appropriate means taken to ensure the surfaces are slip-resistant?


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4. Are all spilled hazardous materials or liquids, including blood and other potentially infectious materials, cleaned up immediately and according to proper procedures?


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5. Is combustible scrap, debris, and waste stored safely and removed from the worksite properly?


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6. Is all regulated waste, as defined in the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard (1910.1030), discarded according to federal, state, and local regulations?


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7. Are accumulations of combustible dust routinely removed from elevated surfaces including the overhead structure of buildings, etc.?


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8. Is combustible dust cleaned up with a vacuum system to prevent the dust from going into suspension?


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9. Is metallic or conductive dust prevented from entering or accumulating on or around electrical enclosures or equipment?


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10. Are covered metal waste cans used for oily and paint-soaked waste?


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Walkways

1. Are aisles and passageways kept clear?


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2. Are aisles and walkways marked as appropriate?


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3. Are wet surfaces covered with non-slip materials?


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4. Are holes in the floor, sidewalk, or other walking surfaces repaired properly, covered or otherwise made safe?


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5. Is there safe clearance for walking in aisles where motorized or mechanical handling equipment is operating?


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6. Are materials or equipment stored in such a way that sharp projections will not interfere with the walkway?


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7. Are spilled materials cleaned up immediately?


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8. Are changes of direction or elevation readily identifiable?


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9. 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?


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10. Is adequate headroom provided for the entire length of any aisle or walkway?


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11. Are standard guardrails provided wherever aisle or walkway surfaces are elevated more than 30 inches above any adjacent floor or the ground?


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12. Are bridges provided over conveyors and similar hazards?


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Floor And Wall Openings

1. Are floor openings guarded by a cover, a guardrail, or equivalent on all sides (except at the entrance to stairways or ladders)?


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2. Are toeboards installed around the edges of permanent floor openings (where persons may pass below the opening)?


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3. Are skylight screens of such construction and mounting that they will withstand a load of at least 200 pounds?


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4. Is the glass in the windows, doors, glass walls, etc., which are subject to human impact, of sufficient thickness and type for the condition of use?


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5. 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?


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6. Are unused portions of service pits and pits not actually in use either covered or protected by guardrails or equivalent?


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7. 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?


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8. 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 a self-closing feature when appropriate?


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