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Quick Safety Inspections Reference Guide

Workplace inspections are designed to ensure written procedures are being followed, workers are trained and to identify deficiencies that need attention. Inspections should be conducted by employees who are familiar with the exposures and hazards that are found in their workplace or working locations. This form is designed as a sample of a form that can be used to remind designated persons when certain inspections should take place. Not all OSHA inspection requirements are included in this form and the hazards and standards that are found or apply to your workplace may differ. Your state or local authority may have standards, rules, requirements which are more stringent.


Safety orientation provided to all new workers
Vehicles and other powered equipment inspected and controls work
PPE is used by workers based on exposure(s)
Workers wash hands before eating, drinking, smoking
Housekeeping maintained to control slipping, tripping, and fire hazards
Procedures followed for Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space, and Work At Heights
Exit signs are visible and clear for emergency egress
Exterior walkways maintained to control slipping and tripping hazards


Fire Extinguishers inspected—charged, property located, and a accessible
First Aid Kits are maintained and located in designated areas
Emergency Eyewash Stations are maintained and clean
Loading dock truck locks/wheel trucks are used and in good condition
Electrical cords (temporary) and tools are in good condition
Equipment and Machine guards are in place and working/used properly
Hot work/confined space permits used and filed
Illumination adequate in all walking/working areas
Approved safety cans used and flammable liquids stored properly
Facility ventilation system functioning properly
Forklifts properly shut down when not attended
Washrooms kept clean and sanitary


Carbon Monoxide testing conducted when required (fueled powered forklifts)
Safety Data Sheets available in designated area
Labels maintained on all temporary containers
Electrical connections (conduit, covers) tight with no openings in electrical panels or outlets
Gas welding/cutting equipment in good condition (hoses, torches, gauges)
Gas cylinders properly stored and secured with caps in place
Accident reports maintained and completed in a timely manner


Lockout/tagout inspection by authorized employees
Fire extinguisher maintenance check conducted
Evacuation drill conducted, alarm systems tested
Fire extinguisher training conducted
Eye Wash Stations inspected and within expiration date
Hazard Communication training conducted
Bloodborne pathogen/CPR training conducted for first responders
Safety program goals updated (reference OSHA 300 log, accident investigations, workplace inspection findings)
OSHA 300 log updated, signed and posted (Feb — April)
Annual refresher training conducted on exposures of high severity
Annual exhaust test of forklifts when required
Stairway treads maintaining slip resistance
New operations reviewed for hazards, PPE requirements, training
Personal fall protection equipment inspected by Competent Person

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LC JAN 2019 12‐228
171-1021 (02/14)