Checklist – Area Health and Safety Assessment
A work safety checklist is a practical and effective format to guarantee the physical integrity of employees and service providers. With this feature, it is possible to evaluate if the equipment, tools and environments are in accordance with the specifications and requirements established for each process.
1.1 Are the PPE requirements enough? -Should gloves be mandatory? – Should a face shield be required?
1.2 Is the appropriate PPE provided for the task? -Previous injuries while wearing current PPE? Why? -Is PPE replaced excessively? (for example, burned holes, soaked with liquid chemicals, etc.)
1.3 Is PPE being used correctly? -Earplugs fully inserted into the ears -Safety glasses fit properly and pass the fit test (gaps no larger than the width of a finger) -Wear gloves when handling sharp, hot materials, etc.
1.4 PPE supplies readily available to operators (Interview >= 2 employees).
2.1 Are all tools in good working order? – Attached with duct tape? – Excessive noise/vibration? -Does it require excessive manual handling?
2.2 Are all existing protections in place? -Guards lying on the ground? – Are the fixed guard bolts/screws missing? – Did the guards move causing an open operating point?
2.3 Are there sufficient guards to prevent access to the point of operation? – Are the gaps in protection too big? -Use of chains as barrier protection? – Presence sensing/interlocked devices not working properly? -Isn’t there a guard installed where it should exist?
2.4 Does the machinery work properly and does it not cause regular manual handling? – Frequent breakdowns that cause manual work? – Machinery producing excessive noise/vibration due to poor condition?
2.5 Is the design/layout of the machinery inherently dangerous? -Congestion created in the design? Does the equipment no longer have the safest design for the process? – Can dangerous equipment be removed from the process/work area?
3) Dangerous communication
3.1 Employees know how to find MSDSs and understand the hazards of the chemicals they work with. (Interview >=2 employees)
3.2 Adequate ventilation for airborne health hazards? – Industrial hygiene sample results on file? -Employee complaints about “fumes” or “nausea/dizziness”
3.3 Are chemicals stored in proper containers and properly labeled? – Secondary containers that are not in control of the current shift tagged with the HMIS tag or equivalent? -Labels legible and accurately indicate the chemical product that is inside the container?
3.4 Are incidental spills cleaned up immediately? -There is no evidence that spills have been left? – Are chemical substances traced on employees’ shoes and/or mobile equipment?
3.5 Chemicals stored properly? – Are flammable materials that are not in use stored in a suitable safety cabinet/container? -Incompatible materials stored away from each other?
4) Walking/working surfaces and fall protection
4.1 Proper labels in place and legible? -Portable ladders and ladders require labeling indicating weight limits.
4.2 Floors and work platforms free of excessive debris and clutter? -Excess oil, garbage, manufacturing by-products, etc. at work are? -No items stored on the stairs?
4.3 Handrails safe and free from excessive defects? -Badly damaged handrails that require replacement? Loose? Broken welds? Bent handrails and/or toeboards? -The handrails do not contain excess oil/grease?
4.4 Handrails installed where there is a fall from a height of four feet or more?
4.5 Is fall protection equipment available for working at heights greater than 4 feet from the work surface below it where fall prevention is not available?
4.6 Are harnesses, lanyards, SRLs, and lifelines maintained in good condition and properly inspected? – Inspection labels present and legible? -Straps free of frayed, cut or broken fibers? – Do the quick connect buckles work properly?
5) Emergency Response/Fire Protection
5.1 Fire extinguishers inspected monthly and unlocked?
5.2 Do employees know the emergency procedures and where the assembly areas are? (Interview >=2 employees)
5.3 Were eyewash stations/safety showers inspected and unlocked?
5.4 Are spill kits available where needed and are they stocked/inspected as needed?
5.5 Is there enough emergency equipment installed in the area? -Fire extinguishers, eyewash, safety shower, spill kits, alarm stations, etc.
5.6 Fire suppression systems not blocked/damaged?
6) Mobile Equipment
6.1 Equipment inspected per inspection frequency requirements?
6.2 Operators using horns and warning devices when necessary?
6.3 Are there no passengers on equipment designed for operators only?
7) Electrical Hazards/Arc Flash
7.1 High voltage signs in place and visible?
7.2 Debris/tools stored on top of electrical cabinets?
7.3 Electrical cabinets closed and in good condition? -Do the cabinets close securely? -Knock-outs everything in place? -Large dents on the casing/door?
7.4 Are the electrical cabinets not locked? -Nothing within 36 inches of the front of the cabinet? – Clear access/way to electrical cabinets?
7.5 Arc flash signage in place? -Does it indicate the category of electric arc?
7.6 Is PPE suitable for arc flash available and in use?
8) Hazardous Energy Control (Lockout/Tagout)
8.1 Are employees expected to lockout and be properly equipped? -Do employees understand their role and requirements? -Do employees have locks available if needed?
8.2 Employees locked out during a shift and/or other tasks that require lockout? – Do all employees working on the equipment have their own lock placed on the proper power source(s)? – Has the blockage been verified, has the stored energy dissipated and the equipment does not work?
8.3 Are there energy control procedures for all equipment in the area and do employees know where to find them?
8.4 Have lock exceptions been properly evaluated and determined to be safe? – Do regular tool/machine adjustments introduce hazards with unacceptable risk? -Other exceptions?
9.1 Were inspections completed as per requirements? – Operator inspections completed? -PM’s completed according to schedule?
9.2 Are employees working under suspended loads?
9.3 Are the cranes working within their operating limits? -Capacity not exceeded? -The upper limit switch is not used as a stop?
10) General security and cleanliness
10.1 Garbage, debris and equipment that was not left lying around?
10.2 Equipment free of excess dust, oil and/or soot?
10.3 Oil/dust covered floor surfaces covering the painted surface?
10.4 General tripping hazards due to cleanliness, equipment layout, and/or workstation design?
11) Document control
11.1 Has the organization established and maintained procedures to control all documents required by this International Standard to ensure:
11.2 Can they be located?
11.3 Are they reviewed periodically, revised as necessary, and approved for adequacy by authorized personnel?
11.4 Are current versions of relevant documents available at all locations where operations are essential for the effective functioning of the environmental management system?
11.5 Are obsolete documents promptly removed from all points of issue and use, or otherwise secured against unintended use?
11.6 Are obsolete documents kept for legal and/or knowledge preservation purposes adequately identified?
11.7 Are the organization’s documents legible, dated (with revision dates) and easily identifiable, maintained in an orderly manner and retained for a specified period?
11.8 Has the organization established and maintained procedures and responsibilities regarding the creation and modification of the different types of documents?
12) operational control
12.1 Has the organization identified those operations and activities that are associated with the significant environmental aspects identified in line with its policy, objectives and goals?
12.2 Has the organization planned these activities, including maintenance, to ensure that they are carried out under specified conditions by: Establishing and maintaining documented procedures to cover situations where their absence could lead to deviations from the environmental policy and the objectives and goals? Does it stipulate operating criteria in the procedures? Establishing and maintaining procedures related to the identifiable significant environmental aspects of the goods and services used by the organization and communicating the relevant procedures and requirements to suppliers and contractors?
13) Preparation and response to emergencies
13.1 Has the organization established and maintained procedures to identify and respond to potential accidents and emergency situations, and to prevent and mitigate any environmental impacts that may be associated with them?
13.2 Has the organization reviewed and revised, where necessary, its emergency preparedness and response procedure, particularly after the occurrence of accidents or emergency situations?
13.3 Has the organization periodically tested such procedures when feasible?
14) Verification and corrective action Monitoring and measurement
14.1 Has the organization established and maintained documented procedures to regularly monitor and measure key characteristics of its operations and activities that may have a significant impact on the environment?
14.2 Does monitoring and measurement include the recording of information to track performance, relevant operational controls, and conformance to the organization’s environmental goals and objectives?
14.3 Does the organization calibrate equipment and maintain records in accordance with organization procedures?
14.4 Has the organization established and maintained a documented procedure to periodically assess compliance with relevant environmental laws and regulations?
15) Non-conformity and corrective and preventive actions
15.1 Has the organization established and maintained procedures to define the responsibility and authority to handle and investigate the nonconformity, take action to mitigate the impacts caused, and to initiate and complete corrective and preventive actions?
15.2 When corrective and preventive actions are taken to eliminate the causes of actual and potential nonconformities, are they adequate to the magnitude of the problems and proportional to the environmental impact found?
15.3 Has the organization implemented and recorded changes to documented procedures as a result of corrective and preventive actions?
16.1 Has the organization established and maintained procedures for the identification, maintenance and disposal of environmental records, including: Training records? The results of the audits (EMS audits)? The results of the reviews (Management Reviews)?
16.2 Are the organization’s records legible, identifiable and traceable to the activity, product or service involved?
16.3 Are environmental records stored and maintained in such a way that they are easily retrievable and protected against damage, deterioration or loss?
16.4 Are record retention times established and recorded?
16.5 Are records maintained, as appropriate to the system and organization, to demonstrate conformity to the requirements of this International Standard?
17) Non-conformity and corrective and preventive actions
17.1 Has the organization established and maintained program(s) and procedure(s) to conduct periodic audits of the environmental management system in order to: – Determine whether or not the environmental management system conforms to planned environmental management arrangements, including the requirements of this International —Standard and has it been properly implemented and maintained? Do you provide information on the results of audits to management?
17.2 Is the organization’s audit program, including any schedule, based on the environmental significance of the activity in question and the results of previous audits?
17.3 Does the audit procedure cover the scope, frequency, and methodologies of the audit, as well as the responsibilities and requirements for conducting audits and reporting the results?
18) Management review
18.1 Does the organization’s top management, at determined intervals, review the environmental management system to ensure its continued suitability and effectiveness?
18.2 Does the management review process ensure that the necessary information is collected to enable management to carry out this assessment?
18.3 Are management reviews documented?
18.4 Does each management review address the possible need for changes to the policy, objectives and other elements of the environmental management system, in light of: the results of the environmental management system audit? Changing circumstance? Commitment to continuous improvement?
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