FREE Downloadable Self-Inspection Checklists

Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do; so shalt thou be thy greatest friend.                                                -Jeremy Taylor -English bishop and theologian (1613 - 1667)

While OSHA is not the enemy of the workplace, it is wise to inspect your health and safety procedures at your work sites with the eyes of an OSHA inspector on a regular basis. 

Keeping self inspection checklists updated and then maintaining those lists with your other documents is a great way to “master the details before they master you,” and consequently minimize or eliminate common hazards in the workplace.

The scope of your self-inspection checklists

Following is an index of self inspection checklist topics that can point you in the right direction for what safety training and protective measures your company needs to take to maintain OSHA compliance and ensure worker safety. (Some of these areas DO overlap.)


Follow the links to download and print the actual FREE checklists for your own use.

- Processing, Receiving, Shipping, and Storage: This includes equipment, job planning, layout, heights, floor loads, hoisting of materials, handling and storage methods of materials, and training for material handling equipment.

- Building and Grounds Conditions: This includes floors, walls, ceilings, exits, stairs, walkways, ramps, platforms, driveways, and aisles.

- Housekeeping Program: This includes waste disposal, tools, objects, materials, leakage and spillage, cleaning methods, schedules, work areas, remote areas, and storage areas.

 - Electricity: This includes equipment, switches, breakers, fuses, switch-boxes, junctions, special fixtures, circuits, insulation, extensions, tools, motors, grounding, and national electric code compliance.

 - Lighting: This includes type, intensity, controls, conditions, diffusion, location, glare and shadow control.

 - Heating and Ventilation: This includes type, effectiveness, temperature, humidity, controls, and natural and artificial ventilation and exhaust.

 - Machinery: This includes point of operation, flyewheels, gears, shafts, pulleys, key ways, belts, couplings, sprockets, chains, frames, controls, lighting for tools and equipment, brakes, exhausting, feeding oiling, adjusting, maintenance, machine guardslockout/tagout, grounding, work space, location, and purchasing standards. Specifics for abrasive wheel equipment grinders, compressors and compressed air, compressors air receivers, hoist and auxillary equipment, industrial trucks, powder-actuated tools, spraying operations, welding-cutting-and-brazing.

 - Personnel:  This includes experience training including hazard identification training; methods of checking machines before use, type of clothing; PPE (personal protective equipment); use of guards; tool storage; work practices; first aid,  and methods of cleaning, oiling, or adjusting machinery.

 - Hand and Power Tools: This includes purchasing standards, inspection, storage, repair, types, maintenance, grounding, use, and handling.

 -  Chemicals: This includes storage, handling, transportation, spills, disposals, exposure, amounts used, labeling, toxicity or other harmful effects, warning signs, supervision, training, protective clothing and equipment, and hazard communication requirements.

 - Fire Prevention: This includes fire extinguishers, alarms, sprinklers, smoking rules, exits, personnel assigned, separation of flammable materials and dangerous operations, explosive-proof fixtures in hazardous locations, and waste disposal.

 - Maintenance, including tracking and abatement of preventative and regular maintenance:  This includes scheduling, measuring effectiveness, training of personnel, materials and equipment used, records maintained, method of locking out machinery, and general maintenance methods.

 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The type, size, maintenance, repair, storage, assignment of responsibility, purchasing methods, standards observed, training in care and use, rules of use, and method of assignment.

 - Transportation: The motor vehicle safety, seat belts, vehicle maintenance, tire inflation, fueling, and safe driver programs.

 - Miscellaneous: This includes employer posting requirements, confined spaces, environmental controls, identification of piping systems, noise, portable ladders, safety and health program, compressed gas cylinder safety, spraying operations, and of course, recordkeeping.

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