Wednesday, June 9, 2021

General Work Environment Occupational Health and Safety Checklist


  1. Are work areas properly illuminated?
  2. Is the ventilation system appropriated for the work performed?
  3. Are restrooms and washrooms kept tidy and sanitary to avoid any biological risk to health?
  4. Is potable water provided for drinking and washing?
  5. Are water outlets not suitable for drinking identified?
  6. Where heat stress is a severe issue, do all fixed work areas have proper air conditioning?
  7. Is the work area clean and orderly?
  8. Are floors kept clean and dry or have you taken appropriate measures to make floors slip-resistant?
  9. Are floors free from protruding nails, splinters, holes, etc.?
  10. Are permanent aisles and passageways marked?
  11. Are aisles and passageways kept clear?
  12. Are pits and floor openings covered or guarded?
  13. Is combustible trash removed from the worksite daily?
  14. Are spilt materials or liquids cleaned up immediately?
  15. Is there safe clearance in aisles where motorized or mechanical handling equipment travel?


  1. Are floor openings guarded by covers or guardrails on all sides?
  2. Do skylights have screens or fixed railings that would prevent someone on the roof from falling through?
  3. Are open pits and trap doors guarded?
  4. Are grates over floor openings for example floor drains, designed so that foot traffic (walking over) or rolling machinery/equipment are not affected by grate spacing?
  5. Are open-sided floors, platforms and runways having a drop of more than 4 feet guarded by a standard railing or toe board?
  6. Our standard stair rails or handrails on all stairways having sufficient as per requirement (four or more) risers?
  7. Are all stairways at least 22 inches wide to avoid any physical injury in case of emergency?
  8. Do stairs have at least a 6-6.5 foot overhead safe clearance?
  9. Are step risers on stairs uniform/strips from top to bottom sequence?
  10. Are steps on stairs and stairways installed/made or provided with a slip-resistant (anti-slip rubber strips installation) surface?
  11. Are stairway handrails located between 30-34 inches above the leading edge of stair treads?
  12. Are stairway handrails capable of withstanding a load of 200 pounds, applied in any direction?


  1. Is the vertical distance between stairway landings limited to 12 feet or less?
  2. Are stairways adequately illuminated?
  3. Are safety signs posted showing the elevated surface load capacity?
  4. Do elevated work areas have a permanent & secure means of access and egress?
  5. Are materials, substances and or chemicals on elevated surfaces piled, stacked or racked safely and securely to prevent tipping, falling, collapsing, rolling or spreading?


  1. Are all exits marked appropriately with an exit sign and illuminated by a reliable and secure light source?
  2. Are exit routes marked?
  3. Are doors, passageways or stairways that are neither exits nor access to exits, appropriately marked “NOT AN EXIT” or “STOREROOM” etc.?
  4. Are all exits kept free of obstructions?
  5. Are there appropriate and essential exits to permit prompt escape in case of any emergency?
  6. Do exit doors open in the direction of exit travel?
  7. Are doors that swing in both directions installed/adjusted with viewing panels in every door?
  8. Are exits and exit routes equipped with properly managed illumination emergency lighting?

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