Self-Inspection Checklist

Elevated Surfaces Workplace Safety Checklist

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________

Checklist Needs to be Addressed Yes N/A

Is the load capacity of the elevated surface posted where appropriate?

Are standard guardrails installed for surfaces elevated more than 30 inches above the floor or ground?      
Are all elevated surfaces provided with standard 4-inch toeboards (if people or machinery could be exposed to falling objects)?
Is a permanent means of egress accessible to elevated storage and work surfaces?
Is the required headroom provided where necessary?      
Is the material on elevated surfaces safely piled, stacked or racked in a way that prevents tipping, falling, collapsing, rolling, and spreading?        

Are dock board or bridge plates used when transferring materials between docks and trucks or rail cars?


This Elevated Surfaces Workplace Safety 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 standards for complete and specific guidelines that may apply to your work environment. This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime.

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