Self-Inspection Checklist

Occupational Safety Requirements for

OSHA Floor Openings and Wall Openings

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________

Checklist Needs to be Addressed Yes N/A

Are floor openings guarded by a cover, a guardrail, or the equivalent on each side (except at entrances to stairs or ladders)?

Are toe boards installed around edges of permanent floor openings intended for people to pass below the opening?      
Are skylight screens of such construction and mounting that they can withstand at least 200 pounds?
Is the glass in windows, doors, glass walls, etc. of sufficient thickness and type for the human impact they withstand?      
Are the bars of grates and similar floor covers over floor openings (drains, etc.) properly spaced so not to affect traffic or rolling equipment?      
Are unused portions of service pits and all pits not in service either covered or protected by guardrails, etc.?        

Are manhole covers, trench covers, and similar covers, including their supports designed to carry a truck rear axle load of at least 20,000 pounds when located in roadways or subject to vehicle traffic?


Are floor or wall openings in fire resistive construction equipped with doors or covers that are compatible with the fire rating of the structure and equipped with a self-closing feature if appropriate?


This Occupational Safety Requirements for OSHA Floor Openings and Wall Openings Checklist is NOT all-inclusive. You should add to them or skip parts that are not applicable to your company.  Carefully consider each item, and refer to OSHA guidelines on wall openings and OSHA floor openings for complete and specific occupational safety requirements that may apply to your work environment. This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime.

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