OSHA Warehouse Safety Checklist

Use the OSHA Warehouse Safety Checklist to promote hazard communication, ergonomics, etc. to promote a secure environment compliant with OSHA regulations.

OSHA Warehouse Safety Checklist



Poor Ergonomics

1. Is powered equipment used whenever possible instead of requiring manual lifting for heavy materials?


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2. Are lifts from shoulder height and floor height reduced by repositioning the shelf or bin?


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3. Is overhead lighting adequate for the task at hand?


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4. Are employees provided with task-oriented ergonomic training?


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5. Do employees use their legs and keep their backs in a natural position while lifting?


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6. Is the load to be lifted tested to estimate its weight, size, and bulk, and to determine the proper lifting method?


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7. Is help sought if the load exceeds the maximum weight a person can lift safely without assistance?


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8. Is twisting avoided while carrying a load, with feet shifted and small steps taken in the direction of turning?


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9. Are floors kept clean and free of slip and trip hazards?


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Other Hazards

1. Are provisions in place for emergency exit locations and evacuation procedures?


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2. Are procedures established for accounting for all employees and visitors?


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3. Are employees informed about the location and use of fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment?


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Hazard Communication

1. Is there a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) maintained for each chemical to which workers are exposed in the facility?


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2. Are instructions on the MSDS followed for handling chemical products?


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3. Are employees trained on the risks of each stored chemical?


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4. Are spill cleanup kits provided in any area where chemicals are stored?


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5. Is there a written spill control plan?


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6. Are employees trained to clean up spills, protect themselves, and properly dispose of used materials?


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7. Is proper personal protective equipment provided and its use enforced?


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8. Are all chemicals stored safely and securely?


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9. Are chemicals stored away from forklift traffic areas?


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Charging Stations

1. Are smoking and open flames prohibited in and around charging stations?


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2. Is adequate ventilation provided to disperse fumes from gassing batteries?


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3. Are fire extinguishers available and fully charged?


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4. Is proper personal protective equipment, such as rubber gloves and eye and face protection, provided?


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5. Are forklifts properly positioned and brakes applied before attempting to change or charge batteries? Are required procedures followed when refueling gas or propane-fueled forklifts?


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6. Are conveyors, overhead hoists, or equivalent materials handling equipment provided for servicing batteries?


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7. Is an eyewash and safety shower facility provided for employees exposed to battery acids?


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