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General Work Environment


This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see www.dli.mn.gov/). (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Are all worksites clean, sanitary and orderly?
  • Are work surfaces kept dry and appropriate means taken to assure the surfaces are slip-resistant?
  • Are all spilled hazardous materials or liquids, including blood and other potentially infectious materials, cleaned up immediately and according to proper procedures?
  • Is combustible scrap, debris and waste stored safely and removed from the worksite promptly?
  • Is all regulated waste, as defined in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), discarded according to Federal, state and local regulations?
  • Are accumulations of combustible dust routinely removed from elevated surfaces including the overhead structure of buildings, etc.?
  • Is combustible dust cleaned up with a vacuum system to prevent suspension of dust particles in the environment?
  • Is metallic or conductive dust prevented from entering or accumulating on or around electrical enclosures or equipment?
  • Are covered metal waste cans used for oily or paint-soaked waste?
  • Are all oil and gas-fired devices equipped with flame failure controls to prevent flow of fuel if pilots or main burners are not working?
  • Are paint spray booths, dip tanks, etc., cleaned regularly?
  • Are the minimum number of toilets and washing facilities provided and maintained in a clean and sanitary fashion?
  • Are all work areas adequately illuminated?
  • Are pits and floor openings covered or otherwise guarded?
  • Have all confined spaces been evaluated for compliance with 29 CFR 1910.146? (Permit-required confined spaces.)
Source: Federal OSHA