Workplace Safety Checklist

| Jim Lanz

Workplace Safety

Are You at Risk of Safety Violations?

A workplace safety checklist can help ensure you meet the basic standards. Below is a sample checklist that can be used during safety inspections for the identification of potential workplace hazards. This workplace safety checklist will help you evaluate how well you are currently managing safety in your workplace. This workplace safety checklist is by no means all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete portions or items that do not apply to your operations. You will also want to refer to the OSHA standards for complete specific standards that may apply to your work situation and environment.

General Industry Workplace Safety Checklist

The checklist below will help you ensure your facility is safe. You can also download our Safety Check Workbook, complete with 13 checklists.


  • Building evacuation drawings with exits, pathways and emergency gathering space marked
  • Fire doors to equipment room and storage marked and in good working order
  • Non-exit doorways clearly marked
  • Exterior roof access
    • Rooftop maintenance requirements
  • Stairways, aisles and access ways kept clear of trip hazards and not used for storage
  • Documented seasonal safety plan for walkways, entries, and stairs


  • Fire extinguishers within 150 feet of each other, current inspection, clear signage
    • Wall-mounted for access
  • Wall, floor and ceiling penetrations sealed
  • Flammable/explosives stored in rated cabinets, have proper signage and marking
  • Fire suppression system inspected within the last 12 months
  • Sprinkler head clearance (18” min to products below)


  • Hazardous Material Labeling (Globally Harmonized System) and hazmat labeling
    • GHS written documentation
    • Employee training record for GHS
    • Written Hazard Communication program, including a complete chemical list and file of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for chemicals used and stored in the facility
      • SDSs accessible to all employees, visitors, and contractors for review upon request
  • Hazmat response team (if required)
  • Abatement and containment program in place


  • Written fall protection program review
  • Equipment inspection date documented
  • Fall protection training records for employees
  • Rescue and retrieval plan
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards


  • Permit required confined space program
  • Gas detection equipment bump tested & calibrated
  • Written rescue plan
  • Rescue retrieval equipment inspected annually
  • Employee training record


  • Ladder condition
    • Ladder safety training for employees
    • Ladder labels and markings in place
  • Scaffold assembly instructions
    • Labels for weight and height restrictions
  • Ergonomic hazards


  • Electrical Arc Hazard Assessment completed with one line drawing
  • Complete Electrical Panel and equipment labeling
  • Who is responsible for the Safety, Maintenance, and Efficiency of the Electrical Distribution System?
  • What is the age and condition of existing Service Entrance Equipment?
  • How many points of Power distribution are there?
  • Have there been any previous Electrical studies?
  • Maintain a database of electrical studies and one-line diagrams with an update at least every five years
  • Lockout Procedures clearly marked – See Tools and Equipment
  • Required FR and Cal Rated PPE available to employees
  • Exterior panel security (locked)
  • Are electric and control panels unobscured, unobstructed with full access?
  • Are floors at each electrical hazard marked with correct boundaries?
  • Extension cords are temporary use only, off walkways, away from hazards and properly wired
  • Training record for ARC FLASH/BLAST exposed employees
  • GFCI outlets in place within six feet of a water source


  • Lockout / Tagout written program properly marked equipment and Visual backup – VLOP!
  • Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, heat, gas and steam energy sources clearly labeled with isolation devices
  • Determine what machine safeguarding specification is being used so that the correct machine audit can be completed
  • Machine and tool power cords in good condition, properly wired and safely routed
  • Machine guarding in place fastened to floor or machine
  • Emergency Stops on all sides of the equipment
  • Are the safeguards designed to the correct type of equipment standard?


  • Engineered solutions to alleviate hazards?
  • Eyewear required
    • RX and standard, ANSI Z7 Approved
    • Face Shields at appropriate locations
  • Eyewash stations. 10-second walk, 15-minute flush from hazards
  • Signage, eyewear required
  • Hearing Conservation program
  • Spot testing in the last 12 months?
  • Proper NRR for protection
  • Written Respiratory Program required?
  • Medical clearance for each employee, annual fit testing and training record
  • Hand protection
    • Recent survey
    • Proper application of current technology
  • Head protection required (overhead cranes, gantry cranes, etc)
  • Protective clothing in place for environmental hazards, chemical hazards, and mechanical hazards


  • Pallet racks marked for total load
  • Mezzanine, kick plates, railing heights, and gates
  • Loading docks
    • Floor markings, safety gates, signage
  • Forklift battery maintenance area marked for explosive gas, fire hazard and respiratory and eye hazard


  • Local EMT/Fire response time
  • On-site first aid material location & kit maintenance
  • AED on site?
  • Training record for responders

Safety Prevention and Training

As an employer, you must identify hazards in your workplace and take steps to eliminate or minimize them. Workplace safety training provides your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to protect equipment, facilities and, most importantly, each other. Safety not only ensures that all your workers return home safe and healthy every day — it increases brand reputation, improves efficiency, and ultimately saves you money.

If you want to start a safety program or boost an existing one, contact us. We have safety specialists, authorized OSHA Outreach Instructors on staff and offer a range of resources to support you as you develop a more efficient and safer workplace.

Safety Workbook