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Critical Areas for Safety Inspection


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This list is intended only as a reminder. Once specific areas of responsibility have been determined, an inventory should be made of those items that can become unsafe or cause accidents. (Note also whether potential accident causes, noted on previous inspection, have been corrected.) These would include:

1. Employee Health
___Noise ___Lighting ___Heating and ventilation ___Gases, fumes vapors and dust___Other____________________________

2. Hazardous Materials
___Corrosive (acids-bases) ___Compressed gases ___Toxic materials or by-products___Explosive flammable ___Hazardous material warnings ___Other___________________

3. Production and Related Equipment
___Point-of-operation ___Drive train guarding ___Operating controls ___Equipment maintenance ___Other________________

4. Power Source Equipment
___Engines and turbines ___Electric motors ___Hydraulic pumps ___Other____________________________________________

5. Electrical Equipment
___Switches ___Breakers ___Outlets ___Cables ___Extension and fixture cords ___Equipment grounding ___Temporary wiring ___Other___________________________________________

6. Handtools
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7. Portable Tools
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8. Personal Protective Equipment
___Face shield ___Hearing protection ___Hard hats ___Safety glasses/googles ___Safety shoes ___Respirators ___Protective clothing ___Other___________________________

9. Personal Service and First Aid Facilities
___Drinking fountains ___Wash basins ___Soap dispensers ___Safety showers ___Eyewash fountains ___First aid supplies ___Stretchers ___Other___________________________

10. Fire Protection and Extinguishing Equipment
___"Hot Work" permits ___Personnel trained ___Alarms ___Sprinklers ___Extinguishers ___Hydrants and wrench ___Available water supply ___Exits marked ___Fire doors ___Fire hose and adapters ___"No Smoking" or "Open Flame" signs ___Fire Detectors ___Other__________________________

11. Walkways and Roadways
___Ramps ___Docks ___Sidewalks ___Walkways ___Aisles ___Vehicle ways ___Stairways ___Standard railings
___Other__________________________________________________

12. Elevators, Electric Stairways, and Manlifts
___Gates and doors ___Controls ___Wire ropes/cables ___Safety devices ___Procedures posted ___Weight limits posted ___Elevator emergency call devices ___Inspection certificate posted ___Other_______________________________

13. Working Surfaces
___Ladders ___Scaffolds ___Catwalks ___Platforms ___Floors ___Other__________________________________________________

14. Material Handling Equipment
___Cranes ___Dollies ___Conveyors ___Hoists ___Forklifts ___Chains ___Ropes ___Slings ___A-frame ___Front-end loaders ___Other__________________________________________

15. Transportation Equipment
___Automobiles ___Railroad cars ___Trucks ___Motorized carts and buggies ___Other________________________________

16. Warning and signaling devices
___Sirens, bells ___Crossing and blinker lights ___Klaxons ___Warning signs ___Gas/vapor detectors ___Other__________

17. Containers
___Scrap Bins ___Disposal receptacles ___Carboys ___Barrels ___Drums ___Gas Cylinders ___Solvent cans ___Tanks ___Other_________________________________________

18. Storage Facilities and Areas Both Indoor and Outdoor
___Bins ___Racks ___Lockers ___Cabinets ___Shelves ___Tanks ___Closets ___Other______________________________

19. Structural Openings
___Windows ___Doors ___Stairways ___Sumps ___Shafts ___Pits ___Floor openings ___Other________________________

20. Buildings and Structures
___Floors ___Roofs ___Walls ___Fencing ___Hoppers ___Silos ___Ceiling ___Other_______________________________________

21. Physical Layout
___Aisle markings ___Area designations ___Blind corners ___Utility color coding ___Other__________________________

22. Housekeeping
___Wash and locker rooms ___Toilets ___Yards and parking ___Storage and piling of materials ___Disposal of waste ___Pest control ___Other__________________________________

23. Confined Space Entry Procedures
___"Entry Permit" before entry into confined space ___Lifeline and observor ___Respiratory equipment ___Stand-by equipment ___Other____________________________

24. Miscellaneous: Any items that do not fit preceeding categories.
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Signed_________________________________________ Date__________________

Source: National Safety Council