10 Things that must be on your Safety Checklist
The health and safety representative needs to perform a basic safety inspection on a daily basis. A more thorough investigation must be performed on a quarterly basis, which includes a written report for the employer.
The most important things to include on a daily safety checklist are the following:
- No broken windows, doors or other openings.
- All floor surfaces clean and free from spillages and debris.
- No tripping or obstruction hazards, particularly wires which must be insulated and safely laid.
- Disposal standards and procedures must be adhered to – no unhygienic waste present or in unassigned areas.
- Toilets, urinals and change rooms should be clean and hygienic
- Exit routes must be clearly marked and first aid boxes replenished. Make sure attendance registers are filled in.
- Fire equipment clearly demarcated and clear of obstacles, and alarm system working.
- Working area clean and tidy. It is important to also check potential hazards such as items on the edge of desks or wires under chair wheels.
- Stacking and storage done in a safe manner and according to specifications. This is of the utmost importance with chemical storage.
- Hazardous machine parts adequately guarded
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