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Checklist – New Equipment Safety Inspection

RTA Checklist. Entry (and exit) reports provide evidence of the condition of the facility at the beginning and end of the tenure. These documents can be referred to as evidence if there is a dispute over the refund of the deposit at the end of the tenancy.

Machine protection

1.1 Are all pulleys and belts, chains, sprockets and other sources of power transmission protected?

1.2 Are operations that have rotating parts, pinch points, pinch points, etc. guarded?

1.3 If the machine is designed for a fixed location, is it securely anchored?

1.4 Are commonly used tools available so that people are not encouraged to improvise, at risk of carrying out unsafe activities?

Equipment shutdown

2.1 Is there a single, lockable, clearly marked power disconnect?

2.2 Are isolation valves for air, steam and other utilities accessible and marked?

2.3 Is there an adequate number of properly labeled manual reset E-stops?

2.4 If the equipment has pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders or motors, does the fluid supply circuit have a solenoid block and bleed valves interfaced with the emergency stop circuit?

2.5 Have employees who will perform repair, maintenance, and service operations been trained in specific lockout/tagout or chemical handling procedures prior to having to perform these operations?

2.6 Have team-specific procedures been put in writing and are they easily accessible?

Equipment shutdown

3.1 Are floors and walkways free of slippery areas or other tripping hazards?

3.2 Are changes in floor elevations clearly identified by color coding where necessary?

3.3 Does the equipment produce floor discharges that are not adequately contained or directed into drains?

3.4 Should non-slip surface coatings be applied around the equipment?

3.5 Has all construction debris, packaging materials, and installation equipment been removed from work areas?


4.1 Are all conduits, cables and wires properly attached to all supports and securely connected to junction boxes and outlets?

4.2 Is there evidence of wear on the electrical cables?

4.3 Are the cables free of Greece, oil and chemicals?

4.4 Are cords used so that they do not get caught in pipes, nails, etc.?

4.5 Is all electrical equipment secured to a surface?

4.6 Are the switches mounted in a clean, tightly closed metal box?

4.7 Do the switches show signs of overheating?

4.8 Are the switches easily accessible and are the paths to them clear of obstructions?

4.9 Are all unused openings in junction boxes plugged?

4.10 Are all controls properly labeled?

4.11 Do the electric pushbuttons have the correct color code? (Only stop buttons should be red)

4.12 Have all employees who may be exposed to electrical voltages equal to or greater than 50 volts received electrical safety training?

4.13 Are all load center panel areas accessible and free of obstructions?

Stairs, platforms and ladders.

5.1 Are platforms that are more than 4 feet above grade equipped with standard guardrails and toeboards?

5.2 Are fixed ladders properly secured against movement?

5.3 Do ladders that are more than 20 feet in continuous length have safety cages that start 7-8 feet from the floor and extend at least 42″ above the top landing?

5.4 Do the stairs have handrails?

5.5 Is there a middle rail?

5.6 Do the equipment crossings have handrails?

Personal protection equipment

6.1 Has a PPE assessment been completed for this equipment?

6.2 Have engineering solutions been investigated prior to implementation of the PPE?

6.3 Are there special PPE requirements for the team or operations?

6.4 Has the proper PPE been provided to employees?

6.5 Have employees been trained in the proper use/care of PPE?


7.1 Does the equipment require employees to manually handle raw materials or finished product?

7.2 If so, has the ergonomic risk associated with those tasks been assessed in terms of weight, distance, task frequency?

7.3 Are the controls easy to reach and arranged so that they are easy for the equipment operator to read and use?

7.4 Does the operation of the equipment require employees to be on their feet for long periods of time?

7.5 If so, are there mats?

7.6 Have operators been trained in equipment operation, manufacturer’s requirements for operation and maintenance, equipment guards, warning systems, etc.?

7.7 Are there sharp edges on the equipment that could cut the operator or others walking through the equipment?

7.8 Does the operation of the equipment require the operator to engage in highly repetitive hand, wrist, arm, and finger motion or stress?

7.9 Do you require frequent bending, twisting, and reaching?

Industrial hygiene

8.1 If chemical agents are required for the operation, service or maintenance of the equipment, have the MSDS been obtained?

8.2 Have employees been trained on chemical hazards, exposures, and required PPE?

8.3 Does the equipment emit any hazardous chemicals?

8.4 Are there excessive noise levels?

8.5 Are there excessive temperatures or is the heat going out?

8.6 Are there radiation or other physical hazards?

8.7 Have these hazards been assessed?

8.8 Are there any hot surfaces that require removal or labeling, and if so, has it been done?

8.9 Are appropriate warning labels provided on the equipment?

8.10 If ventilation systems are required on the equipment, are flow indicators provided and have operators been trained in their use and interpretation?

8.11 Are low flow alarms installed on critical ventilation systems?

Emergency procedures

9.1 Have employees been trained in emergency shutdown procedures?

9.2 Does the location of the equipment present any evacuation hazard in the event of a serious equipment malfunction?

Fire hazards

10.1 Does the equipment present any inherent fire hazards such as open flames, flammable liquids, solids and gases, etc.?

10.2 Are these hazards adequately controlled by guarding built into the equipment or located outside, on, and around the equipment?

10.3 Are fire extinguishers or other fixed extinguishing systems required?



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