Carpentry safety checklist

Date:

Inspected By:

Location:

Distracted Driving

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Date completed

Are vehicle GPS systems designed to not accept input while the vehicle is in gear?

 

 

 

 

 

Are rules in place and enforced to prevent drivers from making or receiving phone calls or text messages while driving?

 

 

 

 

 

If driver communication is absolutely necessary, are hands-free devices provided?

 

 

 

 

 

Are drivers trained to suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions?

 

 

 

 

 

Are drivers trained to not take notes or look up numbers while driving?

 

 

 

 

 

Driver Qualification

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Date completed

Do personnel files contain up to date copies of all driver's licenses

 

 

 

 

 

Are current Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs) on file for each driver?

 

 

 

 

 

Does each driver have the proper license for any vehicle they may operate?

 

 

 

 

 

Are clear standards provided to each driver regarding consequences to moving violations, regardless of whether they take place in the course of employment?

 

 

 

 

 

Excavation

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Date completed

Are all utility lines (sewer, water, electrical, telecom, etc.) in the area of the excavation clearly marked?

 

 

 

 

 

Are ladders or ramps provided for access and egress?

 

 

 

 

 

Are excavations free of standing or accumulating water?

 

 

 

 

 

Are trench faces properly secured from cave-in? (by trench box/shield, shoring, benching, sloping etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Is air quality in the trench safe for workers?

 

 

 

 

 

Are trench edges at surface level clearly marked or guarded to prevent accidental falls?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the area around the excavation free of sources of vibration that may contribute to cave-in? (pile-driving, highway traffic, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Protection

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are floor openings guarded by a cover, guardrail or equivalent on all sides?

 

 

 

 

 

Are portions of pits not actually in use either covered or protected by guardrails or equivalent?

 

 

 

 

 

Are fall harnesses, tethers, connections and other equipment free of defect or excessive wear?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all employees who may be exposed to fall hazards properly trained in the use of fall arrest equipment?

 

 

 

 

 

Are records available showing full annual inspections of all fall protection equipment, performed by a designated competent person?

 

 

 

 

 

Are buckles and connectors free of damage or wear (including corrosion, warping, cracking, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

Are resources in place to promptly rescue and recover any employee who falls?

 

 

 

 

 

Are anchorages placed such that in the case of a fall lifelines or lanyards will not drag across the edge of H-beams, I-beams or other objects which may reduce the strength of the fall arrest system?

 

 

 

 

 

Floor and Wall Openings

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are floor openings guarded by a cover, guardrail or equivalent on all sides?

 

 

 

 

 

Are portions of pits not actually in use either covered or protected by guardrails or equivalent?

 

 

 

 

 

Hand Tools

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are all tools in good working condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Do any hand tools, such as chisels, punches, etc. show signs of mushroomed heads?

 

 

 

 

 

Do any hammers, axes or similar equipment have broken or fractured handles?

 

 

 

 

 

Are any wrenches worn or bent?

 

 

 

 

 

Do all filed have appropriate handles?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all floor jacks in good operating condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Are tool handles wedged tightly in the heads of all tools?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all tool cutting edges sharp so that the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?

 

 

 

 

 

Are tools that are not in use stored in dry, secure locations?

 

 

 

 

 

Hazard Communications/Chemical Handling

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are eyewash fountains and safety showers provided and in working order where corrosive chemicals are handled?

 

 

 

 

 

Are chemical containers labeled properly?

 

 

 

 

 

Is proper PPE available when necessary to handle chemicals?

 

 

 

 

 

Are flammable and toxic chemicals properly stored in closed containers when not in use?

 

 

 

 

 

Are chemical piping systems clearly marked as to content?

 

 

 

 

 

Are adequate means readily available for containing spills or overflows properly and safely?

 

 

 

 

 

Are respirators, if needed, stored in a convenient, clean and sanitary location?

 

 

 

 

 

If respirators are used, are all employees properly trained on their usage and limitations?

 

 

 

 

 

are respirators clean and in good condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Are hazardous substances handled only in properly designed and exhausted locations?

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a list of hazardous substances that are used in your workplace?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the written hazard communication plan up to date?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all Material Safety Data Sheets up to date and readily available?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all containers of hazardous substances labeled properly with the product identity and any applicable hazard warnings?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the master list of chemicals used up to date?

 

 

 

 

 

Are flammable liquids grounded while in storage?

 

 

 

 

 

Are flammable liquids grounded and bonded during transfer?

 

 

 

 

 

Is secondary containment (e.g., berms) provided for chemicals and wastes stored outside of the building?

 

 

 

 

 

Housekeeping

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Is a first aid kit available and adequately stocked?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all exits clearly marked, unlocked and free of obstruction?

 

 

 

 

 

Are work areas properly illuminated?

 

 

 

 

 

Are spray painting operations, if present, done in spray rooms or booths equipped with proper exhaust systems?

 

 

 

 

 

Are noise levels in work areas within acceptable levels?

 

 

 

 

 

Are caution labels and signs used to warn of hazardous substances and biohazards?

 

 

 

 

 

Are grinders, saws and other machines that produce respirable dust vented to an industrial collector or central exhaust system?

 

 

 

 

 

Are water outlets not suitable for drinking clearly identified as such?

 

 

 

 

 

Is there safe clearance for equipment through all aisles and doorways?

 

 

 

 

 

Are aisles properly marked and kept clear?

 

 

 

 

 

Are hand trucks maintained in safe operating condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Are shelves secured and constructed to withstand the maximum designated storage weight?

 

 

 

 

 

Are shelves secured to prevent tipping or falling?

 

 

 

 

 

Are floors free of clutter that might cause slips, trips and falls?

 

 

 

 

 

Are signs used to identify slippery floors when wet or during clean-up?

 

 

 

 

 

Do stairs have handrails that are in good condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Ladders

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are non-slip feet intact on each ladder?

 

 

 

 

 

Are ladder rungs and steps free from grease and oil?

 

 

 

 

 

Do any ladders have broken or missing steps, rungs, or cleats, broken side rails, or other faulty equipment?

 

 

 

 

 

Are metal ladders legibly marked with signs cautioning against using them around electrical power sources?

 

 

 

 

 

Are rungs of ladders uniformly spaced at 12", center to center?

 

 

 

 

 

Lock Out/Tag Out

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are all equipment control valve handles provided with a means of lockout?

 

 

 

 

 

Do appropriate employees have individually keyed safety locks?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all machines being service properly locked out to prevent accidental usage?

 

 

 

 

 

Machine guarding

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Is all machinery and equipment clean and properly maintained?

 

 

 

 

 

Is sufficient clearance provided around and between machines to allow for safe operations, servicing, material handling and waste removal?

 

 

 

 

 

Is equipment and machinery securely placed and anchored, when necessary, to prevent tipping or other movement that could result in personal injury?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the power shut-off switch within reach of the operator's position at each machine?

 

 

 

 

 

Can electric power to each machine be locked-out for maintenance, repair or security?

 

 

 

 

 

Are non current carrying metal parts of electrically operated machines bonded and grounded?

 

 

 

 

 

Are foot-operated switches guarded or arranged to prevent accidental actuation by personnel or falling objects?

 

 

 

 

 

Are manually operated valves and switches controlling the operation of equipment and machines clearly identified and readily accessible?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all emergency stop buttons brightly colored or placarded?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all pulleys and belts that are within 7' of the floor or working level properly guarded?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all moving chains and gears properly guarded?

 

 

 

 

 

Are splash guards mounted on machines that use coolant to prevent coolant from reaching the employees?

 

 

 

 

 

Are methods provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine areas from hazards created at the point of operation, nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and spakes?

 

 

 

 

 

Are machinery guards secure and arranged so they do not offer a hazard when in use?

 

 

 

 

 

If special hand tools are used for placing and removing material, do they protect the operator's hands?

 

 

 

 

 

Are revolving drums, barrels and containers guarded by an enclosure that is interlocked with the drive mechanism so that revolution cannot occur unless the guard enclosures are in place?

 

 

 

 

 

Do arbors and mandrels have firm and secure bearings and are they free from play?

 

 

 

 

 

Are provisions made to prevent machines from automatically starting when power is restored after a power failure or shutdown?

 

 

 

 

 

Are machines constructed so as to be free from excessive vibration when the largest sized tool is mounted and run at full speed?

 

 

 

 

 

If machinery is cleaned with compressed air, is air pressure control and PPE, or other safeguards, utilized to protect operators and other workers from eye and body injury?

 

 

 

 

 

Are fan blades protected with a guard having openings no larger that 1/2" when operating within 7' of the floor?

 

 

 

 

 

Are saws used for ripping equipped with anti-kickback devices and spreaders?

 

 

 

 

 

Are radial arm saws so arranged that the cutting head will gently return to the back of the table when released?

 

 

 

 

 

Are lint traps and guards in place on all dryers?

 

 

 

 

 

Material handling

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Do employees carry loads in excess of 50 lbs by hand?

 

 

 

 

 

Are mechanical means provided to carry heavy or awkward loads safely?

 

 

 

 

 

Are aisles and pathways clear of debris and clearly marked?

 

 

 

 

 

Office

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are all aisles, passageways and doorways clean and clear of obstruction?

 

 

 

 

 

Are chairs, benches and other seating surfaces clean, in good condition and lacking undue signs of wear or fatigue?

 

 

 

 

 

Are adjustable chairs provided for employees that spend significant time seated?

 

 

 

 

 

Is sufficient lighting provided in all work areas?

 

 

 

 

 

Are monitors positioned comfortably, with employee eye level near the top of each screen?

 

 

 

 

 

Are cords arranged such that they do not cause a tripping hazard to employees?

 

 

 

 

 

Are office supplies stored such that they are easily accessible without undue employee strain?

 

 

 

 

 

Are floor coverings in good condition, free of slip or trip hazards?

 

 

 

 

 

Power tools

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action dequired

Completion date

Are portable electrical tools and equipment grounded or have double insulation?

 

 

 

 

 

Are grinders, saws and similar equipment provided with appropriate, properly installed safety guards?

 

 

 

 

 

Are inspection dates marked on all power tools and cords?

 

 

 

 

 

Do portable circular saws have guards above and below the base shoe?

 

 

 

 

 

Are any circular saw guards wedged up in a fashion that leaves the lower portion of the blade unguarded?

 

 

 

 

 

Are rotating or moving parts of equipment guarded to prevent physical contact?

 

 

 

 

 

Are effective guards in place over belts, pulley, chains and sprockets?

 

 

 

 

 

Do portable fans have guards or screens with openings of 1/2" or less?

 

 

 

 

 

Do pneumatic or hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools show signs of deterioration or damage?

 

 

 

 

 

Are tools needing repair tagged with a "Do Not Use" sign?

 

 

 

 

 

Do employees avoid wearing loose clothes, jewelry or gloves that can get caught in machinery?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all electrical cords intact (not frayed)?

 

 

 

 

 

Do all electrical cords have intact grounding prongs?

 

 

 

 

 

Personal protective equipment

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are protective goggles or face shields provided and worn where there is a danger of flying particles or corrosive materials?

 

 

 

 

 

Are approved safety glasses worn at all times in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries?

 

 

 

 

 

Are protective gloves, aprons, shields or other means provided where employees could be cut or where there is reasonably anticipated exposure to; corrosive liquids, chemicals, blood or other potentially dangerous materials?

 

 

 

 

 

Are hard hats provided and worn where danger of falling objects exists?

 

 

 

 

 

Do hard hats show any sign of damage to the shell or suspension system?

 

 

 

 

 

Is appropriate foot protection provided?

 

 

 

 

 

Are approved respirators provided for regular and emergency use as needed?

 

 

 

 

 

Is PPE maintained in a sanitary condition and ready for use?

 

 

 

 

 

Is hearing protection required when noise levels exceed 85 dBa?

 

 

 

 

 

Are adequate work procedures and PPE provided and used when cleaning up spilled toxic or hazardous materials or liquids?

 

 

 

 

 

Are appropriate hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners, powderless gloves, or other similar alternatives readily available?

 

 

 

 

 

Recordkeeping

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are OSHA 300/300A logs maintained?

 

 

 

 

 

Are employee medical and exposure records maintained as required?

 

 

 

 

 

Are training records maintained?

 

 

 

 

 

Are employee records maintained?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all operating permits and records up-to date?

 

 

 

 

 

Are current Motor Vehicle Records available for all employee drivers?

 

 

 

 

 

Are records kept of all safety inspections?

 

 

 

 

 

Are records kept of safety meetings?

 

 

 

 

 

Are records kept of accident investigations?

 

 

 

 

 

Are records kept of any emergency response drills?

 

 

 

 

 

Roof access

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Is roof access limited by use of locks, keypads or other security device?

 

 

 

 

 

Are parapets at roof edges of sufficient height (42" above walking level) to prevent falls?

 

 

 

 

 

If not, are means in place to install guardrails or temporary barriers to protect employees from falls?

 

 

 

 

 

Are surfaces clear of debris and safe for walking?

 

 

 

 

 

Is fall protection available for any workers performing work within six feet of open roof edges?

 

 

 

 

 

Are roof edges clearly marked?

 

 

 

 

 

On pitched roofs, is fall protection available for all workers?

 

 

 

 

 

Scaffolding

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Were all scaffolds erected under the supervision of a designated competent person?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all scaffold components level and/or plumb? (including base pieces, vertical supports, platforms, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Are all cross-braces properly affixed?

 

 

 

 

 

Are permanent ladders or stairs available for climbing up and down the scaffold?

 

 

 

 

 

Are free-standing scaffolds properly braced with guy-wires or similar structures?

 

 

 

 

 

Are wall scaffolds properly secured to an adjacent structure?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all scaffold components free of defect or damage? (including corrosion, warping, cracking, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Are platforms made of properly graded wood or metal planks?

 

 

 

 

 

Are planks properly affixed with cleats to prevent collapse?

 

 

 

 

 

Are scaffolds constructed well clear of aerial obstructions, especially electrical power lines?

 

 

 

 

 

Are load capacities clearly marked and obeyed on all scaffolds?

 

 

 

 

 

Are tools and supplies stored securely and in such a fashion as to keep all scaffold platforms free for worker movement?

 

 

 

 

 

Are proper guardrails and toeboards present on all working scaffold levels?

 

 

 

 

 

Is proper fall protection equipment present for all workers utilizing scaffolding?

 

 

 

 

 

Stairways

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are stairways clearly marked?

 

 

 

 

 

Are stairwells well lit?

 

 

 

 

 

Are stairwells clean and free of debris?

 

 

 

 

 

Are handrails secure and in good repair?

 

 

 

 

 

Are stairwell exit doors unlocked as appropriate?

 

 

 

 

 

Storage areas

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are shelves secured and constructed to withstand the maximum designated storage weight?

 

 

 

 

 

Are shelves secured to prevent tipping or falling?

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are fuel tank caps in place and secure?

 

 

 

 

 

Are an adequate number of functional seat belts present in each vehicle?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all lamps, brakes, horns, mirrors, windshields and turn signals in working condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Are transport vehicles provided with handrails, steps, stirrups or similar devicees so placed and arranged that employees can safely mount or dismount the vehicle?

 

 

 

 

 

Is a fully charged fire extinguisher available on each vehicle?

 

 

 

 

 

Are employees trained on proper use of any vehicles that may be required to operate?

 

 

 

 

 

Are employee drivers' licenses and insurance information on file?

 

 

 

 

 

Are employees required to wear seat belts at all times while operating motor vehicles?

 

 

 

 

 

Workplace postings

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are OSHA and state required posters prominently displayed?

 

 

 

 

 

Are safety/warning signs properly posted where appropriate?

 

 

 

 

 

Are emergency phone numbers posted prominently?

 

 

 

 

 

Is a first aid kit available and adequately stocked?

 

 

 

 

 

Are emergency evacuation routes identified and prominently posted?

 

 

 

 

 

Forklift

Pass

Fail

N/A

Action required

Completion date

Are fluid levels (water, hydraulid fluid, oil) adequate?

 

 

 

 

 

Do hydraulic hoses show and visible defect such as cracks or leaks?

 

 

 

 

 

Do mast chains show any sign of excessive wear or failure?

 

 

 

 

 

Are tires properly inflated and free of cuts and gouges?

 

 

 

 

 

Are forks in good condition, free of cracks and warping?

 

 

 

 

 

Are fork retaining pins in place and free of damage?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all mast sections free of damage or excessive corrosion?

 

 

 

 

 

Are all standard guards in place and free of damage or modification?

 

 

 

 

 

Are safety decals and nameplates firmly affixed and clearly legible?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the operator compartment free of grease and debris?

 

 

 

 

 

Do all safety devices, including seat belts, function properly?

 

 

 

 

 

For electric forklifts

 

 

 

 

 

Do any cables or connectors show signs of fraying or exposed wiring?

 

 

 

 

 

Are battery restraints in good condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Are electrolyte levels properly maintained?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the hood latch in place and free of damage?

 

 

 

 

 

For internal combustion forklifts

 

 

 

 

 

Is engine oil level adequate?

 

 

 

 

 

Is brake fluid level adequate?

 

 

 

 

 

Is coolant level adequate?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the air filter in place and free of obstruction?

 

 

 

 

 

Are belts and hoses in place and in good condition?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the radiator free of damage?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the hood latch in place and free of damage?

 

 

 

 

 

For liquid propane forklifts

 

 

 

 

 

Is the propane tank properly mounted and secured?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the pressure relief valve pointing up?

 

 

 

 

 

Are hoses and connectors secured and free of damage or excessive wear?

 

 

 

 

 

Are tank restraint brackets free of damage?

 

 

 

 

 

Is the propane tank free of dents, cracks and other damage?

 

 

 

 

 

Does the tank fit securely within the profile of the truck?

 

 

 

 

 

Are any leaks present in the fuel system?

 

 

 

 

 







 

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.