Are you looking for a construction site safety checklist? The best place is to look is with the agency that’s going to come out to make sure you’re compliant. Turns out that OSHA has a great one. The list below is taken straight from the OSHA construction safety webpage:
For construction, the 10 OSHA standards most frequently included in the agency’s citations in FY 2004 were:
Hazard: When scaffolds are not erected or used properly, fall hazards can occur. About 2.3 million construction workers frequently work on scaffolds. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year.
Hazard: Each year, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. A number of factors are often involved in falls, including unstable working surfaces, misuse or failure to use fall protection equipment and human error. Studies have shown that using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems can prevent many deaths and injuries from falls.
Hazard: Ladders and stairways are another source of injuries and fatalities among construction workers. OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these injuries were serious enough to require time off the job.
Hazard: Slips, trips and falls on stairways are a major source of injuries and fatalities among construction workers.
Hazard: Trench collapses cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year. Trenching deaths rose in 2003.
SLOPING. Maximum allowable slopes for excavations less than 20 ft. (6.09 m) based on soil type and angle to the horizontal are as follows:
Hazard: Significant and serious injuries may occur if cranes are not inspected before use and if they are not used properly. Often these injuries occur when a worker is struck by an overhead load or caught within the crane’s swing radius. Many crane fatalities occur when the boom of a crane or its load line contact an overhead power line.
Hazard: Failure to recognize the hazards associated with chemicals can cause chemical burns, respiratory problems, fires and explosions.
Hazard: Approximately 100 employees are fatally injured and approximately 95,000 employees are injured every year while operating powered industrial trucks. Forklift turnover accounts for a significant number of these fatalities.
Hazard: Serious head injuries can result from blows to the head.
The following checklists may help you take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities. As always, be cautious and seek help if you are concerned about a potential hazard.
Eye and Face Protection
Floor and Wall Openings
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Feb. 1st is the annual deadline to get your Injury and Illness Record keeping report in to OSHA.
Not sure if you are exempt or not? Not sure what all you need to have records of? What about if you haven’t had any recordable injuries? Do you still need to file?
I could wade through the pages and pages of information to get the answers for you from the OSHA website but fortunately for me and fortunately for you, Epstein Becker and Green have done it for us.
They’ve put together a 7 page checklist that will walk you through the process and get you compliant quickly and easily.
Download it by clicking on the image below:
Your wife has a “honey do” list for you at home. You make a shopping list when you go shopping. You might even have a to do list at work.
The reason for “to do” and “Shopping” lists is simple, it’s so you won’t forget anything important.
So why not download and print out a site inspection list to make sure that the work site is in tiptop shape when OSHA does a surprise inspection. Here’s a great list of the different checklists that you might need provided by Oregon OSHA.
|RIGHT-click the Word documents below and select “Save Target/Link As…”
to save them to your computer for editing.
|Abrasive wheel equipment grinders||Word|
|Checklists for maintaining the foundation||Word|
|Compressed gas and cylinders||Word|
|Compressors and compressed air||Word|
|Confined spaces: permit-required||Word|
|Cranes and hoists||Word|
|Emergency action plan||Word|
|Ergonomics: computer workstations||Word|
|Exits (Access and Egress)||Word|
|Flammable and combustible materials||Word|
|Floor and wall openings||Word|
|Hand tools and equipment||Word|
|Lockout and tagout||Word|
|Medical services and first aid||Word|
|Noise: hearing conservation||Word|
|Personal protective equipment (PPE)||Word|
|Piping systems: identification||Word|
|Safety Committees and Meetings||Word|
|Split rim and multi-piece wheel tire inflation||Word|
|Spray finishing operations||Word|
|Stairs and stairways||Word|
|Tools and equipment: portable power-operated||Word|
|Transportation: employees and materials||Word|
|Ventilation for indoor air quality||Word|
|Welding, cutting and brazing||Word|
|Work environment: general||Word|
Let’s face it, trying to decipher the ANSI guidelines isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Even something as simple as an eyewash station or a drench shower has over 17 different specs that have to be met in order for it to be compliant.
Don’t just assume that because you purchased your eyewash or drench shower from a safety supplier it must be up to code. Regulations have changed and even if it’s a newer piece of equipment doesn’t mean that it’s up to snuff.
Fortunately, Haws has got you covered with a checklist that you can download to walk you through the process of making sure that your eyewash / shower is compliant.
Simply download the 2-page pdf and walk through the list of specs to make sure that your equipment means the regs.
If you’ve got ladders, you need to inspect them, it’s as simple as that.
Unsafe ladders cause injuries and potentially fatalities as well.
Develop a step-by-step inspection procedure for each and every time you use the ladder.
Make sure your employees have the procedure sheet and that they checkoff each item and sign the document.
Here’s a great checklist that you can download from CPWR, the Center ofr Construction Research and Training.
My daughter and her husband are in the process of buying their first home.
We were able to refer them to a friend of ours who does home inspections and they are due to go out and get the home inspected.
So I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from someone who had found this blog and wanted to let me know of a page that she had created with safety resources for home owners and home buyers.
It’s a pretty cool page with links to everything and anything related to the safety of your home.
It covers wiring, CO, bathrooms, lead based paint, fires, chimneys, and a ton more.
So whether you already own a home or, like my daughter and her husband, are about to purchase one, head out to:
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to send this link to my daughter!
Going boating? Make sure that everyone on the boat is safe with this pre-departure checklist from the Alaskan Boating Safety Program.
The list contains 25 items to check before you take off. That may sound like a lot but it’s thorough and thorough is indispensible when you’re talking about safety on the water.
Here’s a partial list of what on the sheet:
Check out the complete pre-departure checklist, print it out and laminate it. Then, post it in your boat to make sure that every trip out on the boat is a pleasure instead of a tragedy.
An unsafe deck, generally looks no different from one that is which is why it is imperative to check it. Most problems are not readily seen and a checklist of items to look for is usually necessary.
Fortunately, Fine Homebuilding provides just such a list.
The interactive list is provided in the form of an image of a deck with 8 items that you mouse over to reveal a pop-up box detailing how to check for that particular potential problem.
You can also download a hard copy pdf of the Deck Evaluation Checklist which is available from the North American Deck and Railing Association website.
Before you fire up the BBQ and get all your friends together, make sure the party doesn’t end in disaster, the check list should take about an hour. That’s an hour well spent.
Think you don’t need the checklist? Test yourself with the Fine Homebuilding Inspector Game for the Dos and Don’t of Decking