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Developing an Industrial Safety Checklist

Industrial safety is as diverse as the business world.For example, an industrial safety checklist for a forklift operator is going to be quite different than a safety industrial checklist for a pig wrangler.Of course there are some good sense guidelines that span the working world.Before implementing any plan, be sure that you have thoroughly evaluated the safety needs of your specific business.Listed below are a variety of items that may be found on a generic Industrial Safety Checklist:

Know your OSHA forms and audits (Compliance):
OSHA or The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is the federal agency that has been given the charge to enforce safety and healthy working conditions.Official legislation is available through the official OSHA website as well as in hard copy form and should be the driving force to use as a guideline when implementing company safety policies and procedures.
OSHA performs audits on businesses to ensure that operating procedures are safe and have the worker's well-being in mind.Non-compliance can not only lead to potential personal injury, but in an audit an un-safe environment can lead to a hefty fine.An industrial safety checklist is in everyone's best interest.

Know your chemicals (Legislation, Permits):
MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) - this sheet outlines the volatility, composition and effects of various chemicals.In the even of exposure, healthcare professionals will need to have the MSDS sheet available to them so that they will know how the worker needs to be treated.
Hazardous waste disposal - make sure that hazardous waste is being disposed of appropriately and that containers carrying such waste are free of leaks or any other flaws.
Proper labeling - Organizing chemicals according to their make can prevent personal injury and can promote proper storage and maintenance.

Know your equipment and surrounding environment:
Working areas free from obstructions/spills - Slips and falls are among the most common industrial accidents reported.Keeping areas clean and floors dry reduces the risk of personal injury.
Electrical cords are in good working condition - Eliminate and control exposed wiring, crowded extension cords, exposure to the elements, etc.
Safety zones are established - Know your surroundings and create areas free from obstruction and potential danger.These areas can be used in the case of some emergencies.

Know your emergency procedures (occupational health and evacuation):
Exits are identified and in proper working condition.
First aid kits should be readily available and well stocked.

Personal protective equipment:
Know what you need, where to find it and how to use personal protective equipment.This equipment will vary depending on the work being performed.Many precautions, such as having a fire extinguisher or a first aid kit handy are necessary for all industries.Here are some examples:
Eye Protection
Hearing protection
Fire protection
Hazard warning devices
Life jackets/buoys
Non-slip rugs/pads
Protective clothing
Reflective safety equipment
Safety belts
Rain/waterproof gear
Safety vests
Protection from heat/cold
Gas detection
Fall protection/education
Ergonomic Protection

Clearly post documentation:
When workers are informed as to the dangers of their work environments they are able to make better informed decisions about keeping themselves and those around them safe.Un- known dangers are accidents waiting to happen.Clearly posting information is not just a good idea, it is required by law.

The industrial safety checklist is designed to be used on a regular basis.Maintenance is the key.When an item falls into disrepair or a dangerous situation presents it self, the industrial checklist should be able to bring these things to the inspector's attention as he walks through the business and regularly evaluates the safety of each working environment.

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