Stop Identifying Safety Hazards The Hard Way ...!
Simply Use this guide as a Checklist to recognize and identify potential workplace safety hazards around your plant.
Remember, an unidentified workplace hazard is an "Incident-In-Waiting"- sooner or later it shall come outfully matured into a workplace accident/ injury...
But, you and I do not want that..!
So, take the time now to carefully look for, and identify all potential safety hazards in your workplace today!
WORKPLACE HOUSEKEEPING HAZARDS
i. Is there any wet or slippery floor (Caused by spilled or leaking oil, water, chemicals, etc) ?
ii. Any left over work tools at job sites?
iii. Any inappropriately kept material that can cause slip/trip or fall? (Any protruding pipe, tubing, pole, sharp edges, etc)
iv. Any over-filled trash bin that can breed flies or pose health hazards?
ELECTRICAL SAFETY HAZARDS
i. Any pulled out or naked wires or cables?
ii. Any loose earth cable on machinery or equipments?
iii. Are equipment and Vessels Grounded?
iv. Are Motor Cooling Fan Covers in place?
v. Is any weight or load resting on any cable?
vi. Does any cable cross the walkway?
i. Is there any loose overhead load?
ii. Any piping (within human height) crossing access path?
iii. Any blind corners without appropriate warnings or mirrors?
iv. Any raised spots (trip hazards) on the floor without appropriate caution marks?
EQUIPMENT SAFETY HAZARDS
i. Are pump seals leaking (especially if pumping hydrocarbons)?
ii. Are safety guards in place? (Coupling guards, Motor End Covers, etc)
iii. Are Fire Safety Fusible Loops (or other fire detection devices) in place to protect each equipment?
iv. Are PSV Downstream Isolation Valves in Open position?
v. Are there any unusual sounds from the equipment/machinery?
WORKSHOP SAFETY HAZARDS
i. Are machinists with their prescribed PPE?
ii. Are machinists wearing any loose clothing?
iii. Do Safety Signs clearly show the mandatory PPE requirement for each machine?
iv. Are Equipment Stop Buttons within the Operator’s reach?
v. Are safety guard on grinders, drills and other machinery requiring guards?
GENERAL PLANT SAFETY HAZARDS
i. Are Metallic Hand Rails. Gratings, or Stairways free of corrosion?
ii. Are high noise zones clearly marked as such?
iii. Are required PPE Safety Signs clearly displayed in the plant?
iv. Are Restricted Areas (such as Switch Gear Rooms, Pressurized Enclosures, Chemical Storage areas, etc)clearly marked or labeled as such?
v. Are Emergency Exits clearly Marked?
vi. Are Emergency Lighting Fixtures intact AND Operational?
vii. Are Emergency Doors/Lights periodically tested for functionality?
viii. Are visitors and new workers offered thorough safety orientation/induction?
ix. Do PPE in use meet the required industrial standards?
x. Are Blind Corners clearly marked and equipped with appropriate mirrors? (especially where vehicle traffic is involved)
The above list is not exhaustive so you may add more items to the checklist as you may find them necessary.