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                     Small Business Handbook

Small Business Safety and
Health Management Series

OSHA 2209-02R 2005
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Employers are responsible for providing a safe and              Employers cannot be cited under the General Duty
healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role              Clause in Section 5(a)(1) of the Act for failure to fol-
is to promote the safety and health of America’s                low recommendations in this handbook.
working men and women by setting and enforcing                     The materials in this handbook are based upon
standards; providing training, outreach and educa-              Federal OSHA standards and other requirements in
tion; establishing partnerships; and encouraging                effect at the time of publication and upon generally
continual improvement in workplace safety and                   accepted principles and activities within the job
health.                                                         safety and health field. They should be useful to
                                                                small business owners or managers and can be
About this Handbook                                             adapted easily to individual establishments.
                                                                   It is important to point out that 24 states, Puerto
   This handbook is provided to owners, propri-                 Rico and the Virgin Islands operate their own
etors and managers of small businesses by the                   OSHA-approved safety and health programs under
Occupational Safety and Health Administration                   Section 18 of the Act. While the programs in these
(OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of                     State Plan States may differ in some respects from
Labor. For additional copies of this publication,               Federal OSHA, this handbook can be used by
write to the U.S. Government Printing Office,                   employers in any state because the standards
(GPO), Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop                   imposed by State Plan States must be at least as
SDE, 732 N. Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC                  effective as Federal OSHA standards. A list of
20401, or call the OSHA Publications Office at (202)            states that operate their own safety and health pro-
693-1888, or fax (202) 693-2498 for ordering infor-             grams can be found on OSHA’s website at
mation. Please note that the entire text of the       
Small Business Handbook is available on OSHA’s                     Material in this publication is in the public
website at                    domain and may be reproduced, fully or partially,
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   The handbook should help small business em-                  not required.
ployers meet the legal requirements imposed by                     This information will be made available to sen-
the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the             sory impaired individuals upon request by voice
Act), and achieve an in-compliance status before an             phone (202) 693-1999 or teletypewriter (TTY) (877)
OSHA inspection. An excellent resource to accom-                889-5627.
pany this information is OSHA’s Safety and Health
Program Management Guidelines, (54 Federal                      Please Note: The small business employer seeking
Register 3904-3916, January 26, 1989), also avail-              information on procurement or contracting with the
able on OSHA’s website.                                         Department of Labor or OSHA should contact the
   This handbook is not a legal interpretation of the           Department of Labor’s Office of Small Business
provisions of the Act and does not place any addi-              Programs, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room C-
tional requirements on employers or employees.                  2318, Washington, DC 20210.
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Small Business Handbook
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

OSHA 2209-02R

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PREFACE                                                                        4
Office of Small Business Assistance                                            4
Cooperative Programs                                                           4
State Plans                                                                    4
Office of Training and Education                                               4
OSHA’s Website                                                                 5
Safety and Health Add Value                                                    5

INTRODUCTION: The Value of a Safety and Health Management System               6
A Profit and Loss Statement                                                    6
Developing a Profitable Strategy for Handling Occupational Safety and Health   6

A FOUR-POINT WORKPLACE PROGRAM: The Basis of a Plan                             8
Using the Four-Point Program                                                    8
WORKSITE ANALYSIS                                                               9
HAZARD PREVENTION AND CONTROL                                                   9
Documenting Your Activities                                                    11
Safety and Health Recordkeeping                                                11
INJURY/ILLNESS RECORDS                                                         11
EXPOSURE RECORDS AND OTHERS                                                    12

Decide to Start Now                                                            13
Designating Responsibility                                                     13
Ask for Help                                                                   13
Organize the Workplace                                                         14
Start Gathering Specific Facts About Your Situation                            14
Establish a Four-Point Safety and Health Program                               15
Develop and Implement Your Action Plan                                         15

SELF-INSPECTION                                                                17
Self-Inspection Scope                                                          17
Self-Inspection Checklists                                                     18
EMPLOYER POSTING                                                               18
RECORDKEEPING                                                                  18
SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM                                                      18
MEDICAL SERVICES AND FIRST AID                                                 19
FIRE PROTECTION                                                                19
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING                                     20
GENERAL WORK ENVIRONMENT                                                       20
WALKWAYS                                                                       21
FLOOR AND WALL OPENINGS                                                        21
STAIRS AND STAIRWAYS                                                           22
ELEVATED SURFACES                                                              22
EXITING OR EGRESS - EVACUATION                                                 22
EXIT DOORS                                                                     23
PORTABLE LADDERS                                                               23
HAND TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT                                                       24
PORTABLE (POWER OPERATED) TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT                                  24
ABRASIVE WHEEL EQUIPMENT GRINDERS                                              24
POWDER-ACTUATED TOOLS                                                          25
MACHINE GUARDING                                                               25
LOCKOUT/TAGOUT PROCEDURES                                                      26
WELDING, CUTTING AND BRAZING                                                   27
COMPRESSORS AND COMPRESSED AIR                                                 28
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COMPRESSORS/AIR RECEIVERS                                                             28
COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS                                                              29
HOIST AND AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT                                                         29
INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS - FORKLIFTS                                                         29
SPRAYING OPERATIONS                                                                   30
ENTERING CONFINED SPACES                                                              30
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS                                                                31
FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS                                                   32
HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL EXPOSURE                                                           33
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES COMMUNICATION                                                    34
ELECTRICAL                                                                            35
NOISE                                                                                 37
FUELING                                                                               37
IDENTIFICATION OF PIPING SYSTEMS                                                      37
MATERIALS HANDLING                                                                    38
TRANSPORTING EMPLOYEES AND MATERIALS                                                  38
CONTROL OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES BY VENTILATION                                          38
SANITIZING EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING                                                     39
TIRE INFLATION                                                                        39

OSHA Assistance                                                                       40
OSHA’S OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE                                            40
ON-SITE CONSULTATION                                                                  40
OTHER COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS                                                            41
VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS (VPP)                                                   42
OSHA STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (OSPP)                                             42
OSHA ALLIANCE PROGRAM                                                                 42
States with Approved Plans                                                            42
OSHA Publications                                                                     42
Other Sources of Assistance                                                           43
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS                                                    43
TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND EMPLOYER GROUPS                                                44
TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYEE GROUPS                                                      44
THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL AND LOCAL CHAPTERS                                        44
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS                                                             44
SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONSULTATION                                                         44
YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY                                                                    45
FINANCING WORKPLACE IMPROVEMENT                                                       45

Appendix A: Overall Action Plan Worksheet                                             46

Appendix B: Model Policy Statements                                                   48

Appendix C: Codes of Safe Practices                                                   49

Appendix D: OSHA Job Safety and Health Standards, Regulations
            and Requirements                                                          50

Appendix E:    Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)    51

OSHA Regional Offices                                                                 52

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       American employers and workers want safe and                  sector and other government entities lead to
    healthful places in which to work. They want                     improved safety and health. As a result, OSHA
    everyone on the job to go home whole and healthy                 continues to expand its cooperative programs
    each day. Determined to make that dream possi-                   which currently include the free and confidential
    ble, OSHA is committed to assuring – so far as pos-              Consultation Program, the Voluntary Protection
    sible – that every working man and woman in the                  Programs, the Strategic Partnership Program and
    nation has safe and healthful working conditions.                OSHA’s newest addition, Alliances. For a more
    OSHA believes that providing workers with a safe                 detailed description of each of these programs,
    workplace is central to their ability to enjoy health,           please see pages 40- 42.
    security and the opportunity to achieve the                         Small businesses are encouraged to investigate
    American dream.                                                  the full array of cooperative programs offered by
       OSHA seeks to cut unnecessary rules, regula-                  OSHA. Participation can be on an individual com-
    tions and red tape. It is eliminating thousands of               pany basis or through an industry association.
    pages of outdated regulations and continues to                   Detailed information on each program is also avail-
    rewrite standards in plain English. OSHA is paring               able on OSHA’s website at, by con-
    down its regulatory agenda so that it more accu-                 tacting any OSHA office, or by calling (800) 321-
    rately reflects realistic goals that best serve the              OSHA.
    needs of American employers and employees.
       Confronted by the realities and demands to                    State Plans
    keep pace with the workforce and problems of the
    future, OSHA is developing new strategies to                         OSHA has important partnerships with the 24
    reduce occupational fatalities, injuries and illness-            states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that oper-
    es. Coupled with strong, effective and fair enforce-             ate their own OSHA-approved safety and health
    ment, OSHA strives to provide improved outreach,                 programs. State workplace safety and health pro-
    education and compliance assistance to America’s                 grams frequently lead the way in developing inno-
    employers and employees.                                         vative approaches to making America’s workplaces
                                                                     safer and healthier.
    Office of Small Business Assistance                                  States that operate their own worker safety and
                                                                     health plans must provide worker protection that is
        OSHA wants to provide quality service to our                 “at least as effective as” the Federal program.
    small business customers. In October 2002, OSHA                  However, because their standards and other proce-
    created the Office of Small Business Assistance to               dures may vary, businesses should become famil-
    provide small business direction, to facilitate infor-           iar with their state regulations and agencies. See
    mation sharing and to help in finding and achieving              OSHA’s website for a list of State Plan States.
    regulatory compliance. The office also works to
    educate small businesses on using up-to-date tools               Office of Training and Education
    and materials, and facilitates opportunities to com-
    ment on OSHA’s regulatory agenda. The Office of                      OSHA’s Office of Training and Education
    Small Business Assistance maintains OSHA’s spe-                  provides training and instruction in all facets of
    cialized small business web pages found at http://               occupational safety and health. OSHA’s Training                      Institute, located in Arlington Heights, IL, provides
        The Office of Small Business Assistance can be               training for OSHA compliance safety and health
    contacted by telephone at (202) 693-2220 or by                   officers as well as for the general public and safety
    writing to: Director, Office of Small Business                   and health staff from other Federal agencies. In
    Assistance, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room                  addition to OSHA’s Training Institute, there are 32
    N-3700, Washington, DC 20210.                                    additional education sites located throughout the
                                                                     country. These OSHA education centers operate in
    Cooperative Programs                                             conjunction with universities, colleges and learning
                                                                     centers to conduct OSHA courses for the private
       Years of experience show us that voluntary col-               sector and other Federal agencies, making safety
    laborative relationships between OSHA, the private               and health training and education more accessible

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to those who need it. There are tuition fees for pri-               If you would like to receive regular updates
vate sector students. For more information about                from OSHA about new programs, tools, best prac-
OSHA’s Training Institute, OSHA’s education cen-                tices and other useful information, subscribe to the
ters, or to obtain training catalogs with course                agency’s e-news memo, QuickTakes. QuickTakes is
schedules, write the OSHA Training Institute, 2020              issued twice monthly to subscribers and is always
South Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL             available online. You can subscribe to OSHA’s
60005 or call (847) 297-4810. The information is                QuickTakes at
also fully accessible on the Internet at                                                   Safety and Health Add Value

OSHA’s Website                                                     Addressing safety and health issues in the work-
                                                                place saves the employer money and adds value to
    OSHA has made every effort to continuously                  the business. Recent estimates place the business
expand and improve its website. OSHA’s extensive                costs associated with occupational injuries at close
website provides employers and employees with                   to $170 billion–expenditures that come straight out
practical, easy-to-understand and up-to-date guid-              of company profits.
ance on regulations, compliance assistance and                     When workers stay whole and healthy, the
learning how to identify and control hazards. Each              direct cost-savings to businesses include:
OSHA cooperative program has individual web                        I lower workers’ compensation insurance costs;

pages describing program elements and highlight-                   I reduced medical expenditures;

ing successes of the participants. Several pages                   I smaller expenditures for return-to-work

are devoted to small business, technical links, news                 programs;
items, publication lists and an inventory of compli-               I fewer faulty products;

ance assistance tools, including expert advisors                   I lower costs for job accommodations for

and eTools. eTools are “stand-alone” interactive,                    injured workers;
web-based training tools on occupational safety                    I less money spent for overtime benefits.

and health topics. Regulations, standards, direc-
tives and interpretations relating to OSHA can be                  Safety and health also make big reductions in
found as well. There is a Spanish version of the                indirect costs, due to:
OSHA website, and many posters and some publi-                     I increased productivity;

cations are also available in Spanish.                             I higher quality products;

    OSHA’s web pages include MyOSHA, which                         I increased morale;

allows users to create their own personalized                      I better labor/management relations;

OSHA web page with customized content and                          I reduced turnover;

links. Quick Start is another tool on OSHA’s                       I better use of human resources.

Compliance Assistance web page that allows the
user to identify many of the major OSHA require-                   Employees and their families benefit from
ments and guidance materials that apply to their                safety and health because:
individual workplaces or industry sectors.                         I their incomes are protected;

    Through its website, OSHA invites citizens to e-               I their family lives are not hindered by injury;

mail questions that can be routed to appropriate                   I their stress is not increased.

agency officials for response. Any communication
conducted via the “Contact Us” link on the OSHA                     Simply put, protecting people on the job is in
website is considered an informational exchange                 everyone’s best interest–our economy, our commu-
rather than an official communication with the                  nities, our fellow workers and our families. Safety
Department of Labor. For an official response to a              and health add value to businesses, workplaces
question or concern, inquiries should be submitted              and lives.
in writing.

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6   INTRODUCTION: The Value of a Safety and Health Management System
    A Profit and Loss Statement                                      Developing a Profitable Strategy for
                                                                     Handling Occupational Safety and Health
        As a small business owner, you are, by nature,
    a risk taker. You wager your business acumen                         Nobody wants accidents to happen in his or her
    against larger, perhaps more heavily financed cor-               business. A serious fire, a permanent injury, or the
    porate groups and other free-spirited, self-employ-              death of an employee or owner can cause the loss
    ed individuals like yourself. There is excitement                of profit or even an entire business. To prevent
    and challenge in such a venture, but to succeed                  such losses, you don’t have to turn your business
    you need good management information, an ability                 upside down. You may not have to spend a lot of
    to be a good manager of people and the intelli-                  money, either. You do need to use good business
    gence and inner strength to make the right deci-                 sense and apply recognized prevention principles.
    sions.                                                               There are reasons why accidents happen.
        Thousands of workers die each year and many,                 Something goes wrong somewhere. It may take
    many more suffer injury or illness from conditions               some thought, and maybe the help of friends or
    at work. But how often does an owner or manager                  other trained people, to figure out what went
    like you actually see or even hear about work-relat-             wrong, but an accident always has a cause–a rea-
    ed deaths, serious injuries or illnesses in the busi-            son why. Once you know why an accident hap-
    nesses with which you are familiar? How often has                pened, it is possible to prevent future incidents.
    your business actually sustained this type of loss?              You need some basic facts and perhaps some help
        In most small businesses, the answer is rarely.              from others who already know some of the an-
    For this reason, many owners or managers do not                  swers. You also need a plan–a plan to prevent
    understand why there is controversy about the                    accidents.
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration                        Not all dangers at your worksite depend on an
    (OSHA), job safety and health standards, inspec-                 accident to cause harm, of course. Worker expo-
    tions, citations, etc.                                           sure to toxic chemicals or harmful levels of noise
        But others have learned why. Unfortunately,                  or radiation may happen in conjunction with rou-
    they have experienced a loss. These owner/man-                   tine work as well as by accident. You may not real-
    agers will tell you that it is too late to do anything           ize the extent of the exposure or harm that you and
    once a serious accident happens. They have learn-                your employees face. The effect may not be imme-
    ed that prevention is the only real way to avoid this            diate. You need a plan that includes prevention of
    loss.                                                            these health hazard exposures and accidents. You
        Reducing losses is a goal that you as an owner               need a safety and health management system.
    or manager share with us in OSHA. While we may                       It is not difficult to develop such a plan. Basi-
    see this goal in a slightly different light, it remains          cally, your plan should address the types of acci-
    a common bond.                                                   dents and health hazard exposures that could hap-
        We have learned from small employers, like                   pen in your workplace. Because each workplace is
    you, that you place a high value on the well-being               different, your program should address your spe-
    of your employees. Like many small businesses,                   cific needs and requirements.
    you may employ family members and personal                           There are four basic elements to all good safety
    acquaintances. And, if you don’t know your em-                   and health programs. These are as follows:
    ployees before they are hired, then chances are
    that the very size of your workplace will promote                1. Management Commitment and Employee
    the closeness and concern for one another that                   Involvement. The manager or management team
    small businesses value.                                          leads the way, by setting policy, assigning and sup-
        Assuming that you are committed to safe and                  porting responsibility, setting an example and in-
    healthful work practices, OSHA wants to work with                volving employees.
    you to prevent all losses. We believe that, when you
    make job safety and health a real part of your every-            2.Worksite Analysis. The worksite is continually ana-
    day operations, you will not lose in the long run.               lyzed to identify all existing and potential hazards.
    Investing in safety and health activity now will better
    enable you to avoid possible losses in the future.               3. Hazard Prevention and Control. Methods to pre-

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vent or control existing or potential hazards are put           It will certainly give you a way to express and doc-
in place and maintained.                                        ument your good faith and commitment to protect-
                                                                ing your workers’ health and safety.
4.Training for Employees, Supervisors and                            This approach usually does not involve large
Managers. Managers, supervisors and employees                   costs. Developing a health and safety protection
are trained to understand and deal with worksite                plan does not have to be expensive and generally
hazards.                                                        does not require additional employees, especially
                                                                in smaller businesses. Safety and health can be
   Regardless of the size of your business, you                 integrated into your other business functions with
should use each of these elements to prevent work-              modest effort on your part.
place accidents and possible injuries and illnesses.                 The key to the success of a safety and health
   Developing a workplace program following                     plan is to see it as a part of your business opera-
these four points is a key step in protecting you               tion and to see it reflected in your day-to-day oper-
and your workers’ safety and health. If you already             ations. As you implement the plan and incorporate
have a program, reviewing it in relation to these               it into your business culture, safety and health
elements should help you improve what you have.                 awareness will become second nature to you and
   Following this four-point approach to safety and             your employees.
health in your business may also improve efficien-                   The next section provides short descriptions
cy. It may help you reduce insurance claims and                 and illustrations of each element. Since most
other costs. While having a safety and health plan              employers, like you, are pressed for time, these
based on these four elements does not guarantee                 descriptions will assist you in getting started on
compliance with OSHA standards, the approach                    your own approach.
will help you toward full compliance and beyond.

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        The Four-Point Workplace Program described                   assets you have. Their safety, health and goodwill
    here is based upon the Safety and Health Program                 are essential to the success of your business. Hav-
    Management Guidelines issued by OSHA in                          ing them cooperate with you in protecting their
    January 1989. (For a free copy of the guidelines,                safety and health not only helps to keep them
    go to OSHA’s website at, write to                   healthy–it makes your job easier.
    OSHA Publications, U.S. Department of Labor, P.O.                   Here are some actions to consider:
    Box 37535, Washington, DC 200013-7535, or call
    (202) 693-1888.) Although voluntary, these guide-                    I   Post your policy on worker safety and health
    lines represent OSHA’s policy on what every work-                        next to the Job Safety and Health Protection
    site should have in place to protect workers from                        Poster where all employees can see it. (See
    occupational hazards. The guidelines are based                           Appendix B, Model Policy Statements.)
    heavily on OSHA’s experience with its Voluntary
    Protection Programs (VPP), which recognize excel-                    I   Hold a meeting with all employees to commu-
    lence in workplace safety and health management.                         nicate your safety and health policy, and dis-
    For more information on these guidelines and                             cuss your objectives for safety and health.
    OSHA’s cooperative programs, contact OSHA’s
    Office of Small Business Assistance, U.S.                            I   Make sure that your support is visible by get-
    Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,                            ting personally involved in the activities that
    NW, Room N-3700, Washington, DC 20210, (202)                             are part of your safety and health program.
    693-2220.                                                                For example, personally review all inspection
                                                                             and accident reports and ensure that follow-
    Using the Four-Point Program                                             up occurs when needed.

       As you review this publication, we encourage                      I   Ensure that you, your managers and your
    you to use the Action Plan Worksheet in Appendix                         supervisors follow all safety requirements that
    A to jot down the things you want to do to make                          apply to all employees, even if you are only in
    your workplace safe for your employees. Noting                           an area briefly. If, for instance, you require a
    those actions as you go along will make it easier                        hard hat, safety glasses and/or safety shoes in
    to assemble the total plan you need.                                     an area, wear them yourself when you are in
                                                                             that area.
               EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT                                      I    Take advantage of your employees’ special-
         As the owner or manager of a small business,                        ized knowledge and encourage them to buy
    your attitude toward job safety and health will be                       into the program by having them make in-
    reflected by your employees. If you are not inter-                       spections, conduct safety training, or investi-
    ested in preventing employee injury and illness,                         gate accidents.
    your employees will probably not give safety and
    health much thought either.                                          I   Make clear assignments of responsibility for
         Therefore, it is essential that you demonstrate at                  every part of your safety and health program,
    all times your personal concern for employee safety                      and make sure everyone understands them.
    and health, and the priority you place on them in                        The more people who are involved, the better.
    your workplace. Your policy must be clear. Only you                      A good rule of thumb is to assign safety and
    can show its importance through your own actions.                        health responsibilities in the same way you
         You can demonstrate the depth of your commit-                       assign production responsibilities. Make it a
    ment by involving your employees in planning and                         special part of everyone’s job to work safely.
    carrying out your efforts. If you seriously involve
    your employees in identifying and resolving safety                   I   Give those with safety and health responsibili-
    and health problems, they will bring their unique                        ty enough people, time, training, money and
    insights and energy to achieving the goals and                           authority to get the job done.
    objectives of your program. The men and women
    who work for you are among the most valuable                         I   Don’t forget your safety and health program

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      after you make assignments; make sure the                          ards. The checklists (at pages 18-39) provide a
      job gets done. Recognize and reward those                          starting point. Your state consultant can assist
      who do well and correct those who don’t.                           you in establishing an effective system.

  I   At least once a year, review what you have                     I   Make sure your employees feel comfortable in
      accomplished in meeting your objectives and                        alerting you or another member of manage-
      reevaluate whether you need new objectives                         ment when they see things that look danger-
      or program revisions.                                              ous or out of place.

  I   Institute an accountability system where all                   I   Learn how to conduct a thorough investiga-
      personnel will be held accountable for not fol-                    tion when things go wrong. This will help you
      lowing work rules designed to promote work-                        develop ways to prevent recurrences. Exten-
      place safety and health.                                           sive information can be found on OSHA’s
                                                                         website under “Accident Investigation” in the
                WORKSITE ANALYSIS                                        index.
    It is your responsibility to know what items or
substances you have in your workplace that could                     I   Review several years of injury or illness rec-
hurt your workers. Worksite analysis is a group of                       ords to identify patterns that can help you
processes that helps you make sure that you know                         devise strategies to improve your safety and
what you need to keep your workers safe. For help                        health program. Periodically review several
in getting started with these processes, you can call                    months of experience to determine if any new
on your state on-site Consultation Program and                           patterns are developing.
have an experienced health and safety professional
visit your workplace for free and confidentially.                            HAZARD PREVENTION AND CONTROL
Locations for each state are listed on OSHA’s web-                   Once you have identified your existing and
site. Also, OSHA’s booklet, Job Hazard Analysis,                 potential hazards, you are ready to implement the
may be helpful. (See OSHA Publications at page                   systems that prevent or control those hazards.
42 for ordering information.)                                    Your state Consultation Program can help you do
    Here are some actions to consider:                           this. Whenever possible, hazards should be elimi-
                                                                 nated. Sometimes that can be done through sub-
  I   Request a consultation visit from your state               stitution of a less toxic material or engineering con-
      on-site Consultation Program covering both                 trols. When you cannot eliminate hazards, systems
      safety and health to get a full survey of the              should be established to control them.
      hazards that exist in your workplace and those                 Here are some actions to consider:
      that could develop. You can also contract for
      such services from expert private consultants                  I   Set up safe work procedures based on an
      if you prefer.                                                     analysis of the hazards in your workplace and
                                                                         ensure that employees understand and follow
  I   Establish a way to get professional advice                         them. It is a good idea to involve employees
      when you make changes to procedures or                             in the analysis that results in those procedures.
      equipment, to ensure that the changes are not                      (See Appendix C, Codes of Safe Practices.)
      introducing new hazards into your workplace.
      Find ways to keep current on newly recog-                      I   Be ready to enforce the rules for safe work
      nized hazards in your industry.                                    procedures. Ask your employees to help you
                                                                         establish a disciplinary system that will be fair
  I   Periodically review with employees each job,                       and understood by everyone.
      analyzing it step-by-step to see if there are any
      hidden hazards in the equipment or procedures.                 I   Where necessary, ensure that personal protec-
                                                                         tive equipment (PPE) is used and that your em-
  I   Set up a self-inspection system to check your                      ployees know why they need it, how to use it
      hazard controls and evaluate any new haz-                          and how to maintain it.

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        I   Provide for regular equipment maintenance to                        first aid. First-aid supplies must be readily
            prevent breakdowns that can create hazards.                         available for emergency use. Arrangements
            Ensure that preventive and regular mainte-                          for this training can be made through your
            nance are tracked to completion.                                    local Red Cross chapter, your insurance carri-
                                                                                er, your local safety council, and others.
        I   Plan for emergencies, including fire and natu-
            ral disasters. Conduct frequent drills to en-                   I   Check battery charging stations, maintenance
            sure that all employees know what to do                             operations, laboratories, heating and ventilat-
            under stressful conditions.                                         ing operations and any corrosive materials
                                                                                areas to make sure the required eyewash facil-
        I   Ask your state consultant to help develop a                         ities and showers are operational.
            medical program that fits your worksite. In-
            volve nearby doctors and emergency facilities                   I   Consider retaining a local doctor or an occu-
            by inviting them to visit your workplace and                        pational health nurse on a part-time or as-
            help you plan the best way to avoid injuries                        needed basis for advice on medical and first
            and illness during emergency situations.                            aid planning.

        I   Ensure the ready availability of medical per-                       TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES, SUPERVISORS
            sonnel for advice and consultation on matters                                  AND MANAGERS
            of employee health. This does not mean that                     An effective accident prevention program re-
            you must provide health care, but you must                  quires proper job performance from everyone in
            be prepared to deal with medical emergencies                the workplace.
            or health problems connected to your work-                      As an owner or manager, you must ensure that
            place.                                                      all employees know about the materials and equip-
                                                                        ment they work with, known hazards and how to
         To fulfill the above requirements, consider the                control the hazards.
     following:                                                             Each employee needs to know that:
                                                                              • no employee is expected to undertake a job
        I   Develop an emergency medical procedure to                           until he or she has received job instructions
            handle injuries, transport ill or injured workers                   on how to do it properly and is authorized to
            and notify medical facilities. Posting emer-                        perform that job. Also,
            gency numbers is a good idea.                                     • no employee should undertake a job that
                                                                                appears unsafe.
        I   Survey the medical facilities near your place                   You may be able to combine safety and health
            of business and make arrangements for them                  training with other training, depending upon the
            to handle routine and emergency cases. Co-                  types of hazards in your workplace.
            operative agreements may be possible with                       Here are some actions to consider:
            nearby larger workplaces that have on-site
            medical personnel and/or facilities.                            I   Ask your state consultant to recommend train-
                                                                                ing for your worksite. The consultant may be
        I   Ensure that your procedure for reporting                            able to conduct training while he or she is
            injuries and illnesses is understood by all                         there.
                                                                            I   Make sure you have trained your employees
        I   Perform routine walkthroughs of the worksite                        on every potential hazard that they could be
            to identify hazards and to track identified haz-                    exposed to and how to protect themselves.
            ards until they are corrected.                                      Then verify that they really understand what
                                                                                you taught them.
        I   If your business is remote from medical facili-
            ties, you are required to ensure that adequate-                 I   Pay particular attention to your new employ-
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      jobs. Because they are learning new opera-                                 INJURY/ILLNESS RECORDS
      tions, they are more likely to get hurt.                        OSHA rules for recording and reporting occupa-
                                                                  tional injuries and illnesses affect 1.4 million estab-
  I   Train your supervisors to understand all the                lishments. Small businesses with 10 or fewer
      hazards faced by the employees and how to                   employees throughout the year are exempt from
      reinforce training with quick reminders and                 most of the requirements of the OSHA recordkeep-
      refreshers, or with disciplinary action if neces-           ing rules, as are a number of specific industries
      sary.                                                       in the retail, service, finance, insurance and real
                                                                  estate sectors that are classified as low-hazard.
  I   Make sure that your top management staff                    Detailed information about OSHA recordkeeping
      understand their safety and health responsibil-             rules can be found at
      ities and how to hold subordinate supervisory               keeping/index.html or refer to 29 Code of Federal
      employees accountable for theirs.                           Regulations (CFR) 1904 for the specific exceptions.
                                                                      OSHA recordkeeping can help the small busi-
Documenting Your Activities                                       ness employer evaluate the success of safety and
                                                                  health activities. Success can be measured by a
    Document your activities in all elements of the               reduction or elimination of employee injuries and
Four-Point Workplace Program. Essential records,                  illnesses during a calendar year.
including those legally required for workers’ com-                    The OSHA recordkeeping system has five steps:
pensation, insurance audits and government in-
spections must be maintained as long as the actual                1. Obtain a report on every injury or job-related ill-
need exists or as required by law. Keeping records                ness requiring medical treatment (other than basic
of your activities, such as policy statements,                    first aid).
training sessions, safety and health meetings,
information distributed to employees, and med-                    2. Record each injury or job-related illness on
ical arrangements made, is greatly encouraged.                    OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and
Maintaining essential records also will demonstrate               Illnesses) using the instructions provided.
sound business management as supporting proof
for credit applications, for showing “good faith” in              3. Prepare a supplementary record of occupational
reducing any proposed penalties from OSHA                         injuries and illnesses for recordable cases on OSHA
inspections, for insurance and other audits, and aid              Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report).
efficient review of your current safety and health
activities for better control of your operations and              4. Every year, prepare an annual summary using
to plan improvements.                                             OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related
                                                                  Injuries and Illnesses). Post it no later than
Safety and Health Recordkeeping                                   February 1, and keep it posted until May 1. A good
                                                                  place to post it is next to the OSHA Workplace
   Records of sales, costs, profits and losses are                Poster.
essential to all successful businesses. They enable
the owner or manager to learn from experience                     5. Retain these records for at least five years.
and to make corrections for future operations.
Records of accidents, related injuries, illnesses and                Periodically review these records to look for any
property losses can serve the same purpose, if they               patterns or repeat situations. These records can
are used in the same way. The primary purpose of                  help you to identify high-risk areas that require
OSHA-required recordkeeping is to retain informa-                 your immediate attention.
tion about accidents that have happened to help
determine the causes and develop procedures to                       Basic OSHA recordkeeping requirements
prevent a recurrence.                                             address only injuries and illnesses, so you might
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     incidents, including those where no injury or illness                       EXPOSURE RECORDS AND OTHERS
     resulted. This information may assist you in pin-                   In addition to injury/illness records, certain
     pointing unsafe conditions and/or procedures.                    OSHA standards require records on the exposure
     Safety councils, insurance carriers and others can               of employees to toxic substances and hazardous
     assist you in instituting such a system.                         exposures, physical examination reports and
        The employer is required to report to OSHA                    employment records.
     within eight hours of the accident, all work-related                As you identify hazards, you will be able to
     fatalities or multiple hospitalizations that involve             determine whether these requirements apply to
     three or more employees.                                         your workplace. Your records should be used in
        Even if your business is exempt from routine                  conjunction with your control procedures and with
     recordkeeping requirements, you may be selected                  your self-inspection activity. They should not be
     by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or               considered merely as bookkeeping.
     a related state agency for inclusion in an annual
     sample survey. You will receive a letter directly from
     the agency with instructions, if you are selected.

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STARTING A SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: Creating a Plan                                                        13

   You can use this handbook to create a basic                  Designating Responsibility
plan of action for starting a safety and health
management system at your business. The action                      You must decide who in your company is the
plan described in this section provides the most                most appropriate person to manage your safety
direct route to getting yourself organized to com-              and health system. Who can ensure that the pro-
plete the Four-Point Program outlined in the previ-             gram will become an integral part of your busi-
ous section.                                                    ness? In many cases it will be you, the owner.
                                                                Sometimes it will be a plant manager or key super-
Decide to Start Now                                             visor. It could even be an engineer, personnel spe-
                                                                cialist, or other staff member.
    The time to start your safety and health man-                   Whoever you choose should be committed to
agement system is now. You have a better picture                workplace safety and health, have the time to de-
of what constitutes a good safety and health pro-               velop and manage the program, and be willing to
gram. Now you can address the practical concerns                take on the responsibility and accountability that
of putting these elements together and coming up                goes with operating an effective program. The
with a program to suit your workplace.                          individual will need your full cooperation and sup-
    Hopefully, you have been taking notes for your              port, but the ultimate responsibility for safety and
action plan as you reviewed the preceding de-                   health in your workplace rests on you.
scription of the Four-Point Program. You should
now be ready to decide what you want to accom-                  Ask for Help
plish and to determine what steps are necessary
to achieve your goals. Next you need to deter-                      Federal occupational safety and health law
mine how and when each step will be done and                    allows a state to develop and operate its own occu-
who will do it.                                                 pational safety and health program in place of the
    Your plan should consider your company’s                    Federal OSHA program. It is possible that the reg-
immediate needs and provide for ongoing, long-                  ulatory aspect of the law (setting of mandatory
lasting worker protection. Once your plan is                    minimum standards and conducting inspections of
designed, it is important to follow through and                 workplaces) is being operated by your state gov-
use it in the workplace. You will then have a pro-              ernment as opposed to Federal OSHA.
gram to anticipate, identify and eliminate condi-                   One of the first things to learn is which branch
tions or practices that could result in injuries and            of government, Federal or state, has current juris-
illnesses.                                                      diction over your business. If you are not sure
    If you have difficulty deciding where to begin, a           what agency is responsible for administering work-
phone call to your state Consultation Program will              place safety and health in your state, contact the
help get you started. A state consultant will survey            nearest OSHA Area Office to find out. (See
your workplace for existing or potential hazards.      You will need certain Federal
Then, if you request it, he or she will determine               OSHA publications (or comparable state publica-
what you need to make your safety and health pro-               tions) for use in your safety and health activities,
gram effective. The consultant will work with you               such as:
to develop a plan for making these improvements
and to keep your program effective.                                 I   Job Safety and Health Protection - OSHA
    Whether you choose to work with a consultant                        3165. You must display the Federal or state
or to develop your program yourself, many publi-                        OSHA poster in your workplace. This poster
cations are available from your state on-site Con-                      is also available in Spanish (Job Safety and
sultation Program or from OSHA that spell out in                        Health Protection OSHA 3167).
greater detail the steps you can take to create an
effective safety and health program for your work-                  I   OSHA standards that apply to your business.
place. The rewards for your efforts will be an effi-                    You need to have a copy of all OSHA stan-
cient and productive workplace with a low level of                      dards that apply to your type of business
loss and injury.                                                        available for reference. (See Appendix D.)

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            Standards are the regulations that OSHA uses              vey should focus on evaluating workplace condi-
            to inspect for compliance and should be the               tions with respect to safety and health regulations
            baseline for your inspections in determining              and generally recognized safe and healthful work
            what to do when hazards are identified. Most              practices. It should include checking on the use of
            businesses fall under OSHA’s General Industry             any hazardous materials, observing employee work
            Standards. If you are involved with construc-             habits and practices, and discussing safety and
            tion or maritime operations, you will need the            health problems with employees. See the Self-
            standards that apply to these classifications.            Inspection Checklists (at pages 18-39), to help you
            (In states with state-run occupational safety             get a good start on creating this initial survey.
            and health programs, use the appropriate
            state standards.)                                         2. The second major activity is to assess your
                                                                      existing safety and health program and identify
        I   Recordkeeping requirements and the neces-                 areas that work well and those that need improve-
            sary forms.                                               ment. You should gather as much information as
                                                                      you can that relates to safety and health manage-
        I   Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.               ment in your workplace. You should include the
            You may want a copy of this legislation for               following in this review:
                                                                          I   Safety and health activities. Examine ongoing
     Organize the Workplace                                                   activities as well as those tried previously,
                                                                              company policy statements, rules (both work
         Poor housekeeping can contribute to low                              and safety), guidelines for proper work prac-
     morale and sloppy work. Most safety action pro-                          tices and procedures, and records of training
     grams start with an intensive cleanup campaign in                        programs.
     all areas of the workplace.
         Get rid of unecessary items; provide proper                      I   Equipment. List your major equipment, what
     waste containers; store flammables properly; make                        it is used for and where it is located. Special
     sure exits are not blocked; mark aisles and pas-                         attention should be given to inspection sched-
     sageways; provide adequate lighting, etc.                                ules, maintenance activities, and plant and
         Get everyone involved and impress upon em-                           office layouts.
     ployees that you want to make your workplace
     safer, more healthful and more efficient.                            I   Employee capabilities. Make an alphabetical
                                                                              list of all employees, showing the date hired,
     Start Gathering Specific Facts                                           their job descriptions, and experience and
     About Your Situation                                                     training.

         Before making changes in your safety and                         I   Accident and injury/illness history. Review
     health operations, you should gather information                         first-aid cases and workers’ compensation
     about the current conditions and business practices                      insurance payments and awards, and review
     that comprise your safety and health program.                            your losses. Compare your insurance rate
     This information can help you identify problems                          with others in your group. Give special atten-
     and determine what is needed to solve them.                              tion to recurring accidents, types of injuries,
         Your workplace assessment should be conduct-                         etc.
     ed by the person responsible for your safety and
     health management system and/or a professional                      After gathering facts, see if any major problem
     safety and health consultant. The assessment con-                areas emerge such as interruptions in your normal
     sists of two major activities:                                   operations, too many employees taking too much
                                                                      time off due to illness or injury, too many damaged
     1. A comprehensive safety and health survey of                   products, etc. General help with this kind of prob-
     your entire facility will identify any existing or               lem identification can often be obtained from com-
     potential safety and health hazards. This initial sur-           pensation carriers, local safety councils, trade asso-

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ciations, state agencies, major suppliers or similar-                 Establish and regularly conduct a worksite
ly situated businesses in the same industry.                      analysis. A successful safety and health program
    If you discover a major problem, see what can                 depends on an accurate identification of all the haz-
be done to solve it. Once a problem is identified,                ards and potential hazards in your workplace. This
you can work on the corrective action or a plan to                is an ongoing process that includes routine self-
control the problem. Take immediate action and                    inspections.
make a record of what you have done. Even if you                      Create systems and procedures to prevent and
find no major problems, don’t stop there. Now it is               control hazards identified through your worksite
time to develop a comprehensive safety and health                 analysis. OSHA standards can be helpful because
program to avoid any major problems in the future.                they address controls in order of effectiveness and
                                                                  preference. The hierarchy of controls is engineer-
Establish a Four-Point Safety and                                 ing, administrative, work practice and PPE. When-
Health Program                                                    ever feasible, engineering, administrative or work
                                                                  practice controls should be instituted even if they
    The success of any workplace safety and health                do not eliminate the hazard or reduce exposure.
program depends on careful planning. This means                   Use of such controls in conjunction with PPE will
that you must take the time to analyze what you                   help reduce the hazard or exposure to the lowest
want to accomplish and develop an action plan in                  practical level. Where no standard exists, creative
order to attain your goals. From this standpoint,                 problem-solving and consultant resources may
you can design a step-by-step process to take you                 help you create effective controls. The basic for-
from the idea stage to an effective safety and                    mula for controlling workplace hazards, in order of
health management system.                                         preference, includes:
    The best way to create a safe and healthful
workplace is to institute the Four-Point Program                     I   Eliminating the hazard from the machine, the
discussed at page 8 of this handbook.                                    method, the material or the facility.
    Establish your management commitment and
involve your employees. No safety and health                         I   Abating the hazard by limiting exposure or
program will work without this commitment and                            controlling it at its source.
involvement. The first step is to designate a person to
be responsible for your safety and health program.                   I   Training personnel to be aware of the hazard
    Involve your employees as widely as possible                         and to follow safe work procedures to avoid it.
from the beginning. They are most in contact with
the potential and actual safety and health hazards                   I   Prescribing PPE for protecting employees
at your worksite and will have constructive input                        against the hazard and ensuring that they not
on the development of your program. The ultimate                         only use it, but that they know how to use it
success of your safety and health program will                           correctly.
depend on their support.
    Make sure your program assigns responsibility                    Establish and provide ongoing training for
and accountability to all employees in your organi-               employees, supervisors and managers to ensure
zation. A good safety and health program makes it                 that everyone at your worksite can recognize haz-
clear that each and every employee, from you                      ards and how to control them.
through the supervisory levels to the line worker,                   These points are crucial to a safe and healthful
carries responsibility for his or her part of the pro-            workplace for you and your employees, making it
gram. Make safety and health duties clear and                     more difficult for accidents to occur and for work-
hold every individual accountable for his or her                  related health problems to develop.
safety- and health-related duties.
    Refer to the recommended actions to take in the               Develop and Implement Your Action Plan
Worksite Analysis paragraph at page 9. These will
help start your program off on the right track. You                  Developing an action plan to build a safety and
will be building the foundation for a successful                  health program around the four points can serve as
safety and health program.                                        a “road map” to take your program to where you

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     want it to be. An action plan tells you what has to             Remember, a safety and health program is a plan
     be done, the logical order in which to do it, who is            put into practice. Keep your program on track by
     responsible and where you want to be when you                   periodically checking its progress and by calling on
     finish. It describes problems and solutions, but is             a state consultant when you need assistance.
     not ironclad. An action plan can and should be                      Any good management system requires period-
     changed to correspond with changes in the work-                 ic review. Take a careful look at each component of
     place.                                                          your safety and health program to determine what
         A good action plan has two parts:                           is working well and what changes are needed.
                                                                     Once again, a state consultant can assist you in this
     1. A list of major changes or improvements to                   area. Any necessary improvements can be turned
     make your safety and health program effective.                  into new safety and health objectives for the com-
     Each item should be prioritized, have a target date             ing year. Developing new action plans to imple-
     for completion and identify who is responsible for              ment these improvements will continue progress
     implementation.                                                 toward an effective safety and health program,
                                                                     reduce your safety and health risks, and increase
     2. A specific plan to implement each major change               efficiency and profit.
     or improvement, including what you want to                          Remember that it is important to document
     accomplish, the steps required, who will be                     your activities. The best way to evaluate the suc-
     assigned to do what and a schedule for comple-                  cess of your safety and health program is to have
     tion.                                                           documentation of what you have done, which pro-
                                                                     vides guidance on how you can make it work even
         A worksheet to help you design an overall                   better.
     action plan and describe specific action steps                      Technical assistance may be available to you as
     appears in Appendix A.                                          a small business owner or manager through your
         Once a plan is established, put it into action,             insurance carrier; your fellow businesspeople; sup-
     beginning with the highest priority item. Ensure                pliers of your durable equipment and raw materi-
     that it is realistic, manageable and addresses the              als; the local safety council; and many local, state
     steps you have planned for that item. A detailed                and Federal agencies, including the state on-site
     description of the steps required will help you keep            Consultation Programs and closest OSHA Area
     track of your progress. Keep in mind that you can               Office.
     work on more than one item at a time and that pri-                  Establishing a quality safety and health man-
     orities may change as other needs are identified or             agement system will take time and involve some
     as your company’s resources change.                             resources, but you should be pleased with the
         Open communication with your employees is                   results. Employees will feel reassured because of
     crucial to the success of your efforts. Their cooper-           your commitment to their safety and health on the
     ation depends on them understanding what the                    job. You may save money through increased pro-
     safety and health program is all about, why it is               ductivity and reduced workers’ compensation in-
     important to them and how it affects their work.                surance costs. You may gain increased respect in
     The more you do to involve them in the changes you              your community. The tangible and intangible re-
     are making, the smoother your transition will be.               wards for a solid safety and health program far
         Putting your action plan into operation at your             outweigh the cost of an accident, injury or work-
     workplace will be a major step toward implement-                place fatality.
     ing an effective safety and health program.

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SELF-INSPECTION                                                                                                              17

    The most widely accepted way to identify haz-                    I   Building and Grounds Conditions – floors,
ards is to conduct safety and health inspections                         walls, ceilings, exits, stairs, walkways, ramps,
because the only way to be certain of an actual sit-                     platforms, driveways, aisles.
uation is to look at it directly from time to time.
    Begin a program of self-inspection in your own                   I   Housekeeping Program – waste disposal,
workplace. Self-inspection is essential if you are to                    tools, objects, materials, leakage and spillage,
know where probable hazards exist and whether                            cleaning methods, schedules, work areas,
they are under control.                                                  remote areas, storage areas.
    This section includes checklists designed to
assist you in self-inspection fact-finding. The                      I   Electricity – equipment, switches, breakers,
checklists can give you some indication of where to                      fuses, switch-boxes, junctions, special fixtures,
begin taking action to make your business safer                          circuits, insulation, extensions, tools, motors,
and more healthful for all of your employees.                            grounding, national electric code compliance.
    These checklists are by no means all-inclusive
and not all of the checklists will apply to your busi-               I   Lighting – type, intensity, controls, conditions,
ness. You might want to start by selecting the                           diffusion, location, glare and shadow control.
areas that are most critical to your business, then
expanding your self-inspection checklists over time                  I   Heating and Ventilation – type, effectiveness,
to fully cover all areas that pertain to your busi-                      temperature, humidity, controls, natural and
ness. Remember that a checklist is a tool to help,                       artificial ventilation and exhausting.
not a definitive statement of what is mandatory.
Use checklists only for guidance.                                    I   Machinery – points of operation, flywheels,
    Don’t spend time with items that have no appli-                      gears, shafts, pulleys, key ways, belts, cou-
cation to your business. Make sure that each item                        plings, sprockets, chains, frames, controls,
is seen by you or your designee and leave nothing                        lighting for tools and equipment, brakes, ex-
to memory or chance. Write down what you see or                          hausting, feeding, oiling, adjusting, mainte-
don’t see and what you think you should do about it.                     nance, lockout/tagout, grounding, work space,
    Add information from your completed checklists                       location, purchasing standards.
to injury information, employee information, and
process and equipment information to build a                         I   Personnel – training, including hazard identifi-
foundation to help you determine what problems                           cation training; experience; methods of check-
exist. Then, as you use the OSHA standards in                            ing machines before use; type of clothing;
your problem-solving process, it will be easier for                      PPE; use of guards; tool storage; work prac-
you to determine the actions needed to solve these                       tices; methods for cleaning, oiling, or adjust-
problems.                                                                ing machinery.
    Once the hazards have been identified, insti-
tute the control procedures described at page 9                      I   Hand and Power Tools – purchasing stan-
and establish your four-point safety and health                          dards, inspection, storage, repair, types, main-
program.                                                                 tenance, grounding, use and handling.

Self-Inspection Scope                                                I   Chemicals – storage, handling, transportation,
                                                                         spills, disposals, amounts used, labeling, toxi-
Your self-inspections should cover safety and                            city or other harmful effects, warning signs,
health issues in the following areas:                                    supervision, training, protective clothing and
                                                                         equipment, hazard communication require-
   I   Processing, Receiving, Shipping and Storage –                     ments.
       equipment, job planning, layout, heights, floor
       loads, projection of materials, material han-                 I   Fire Prevention – extinguishers, alarms, sprin-
       dling and storage methods, training for mate-                     klers, smoking rules, exits, personnel assign-
       rial handling equipment.                                          ed, separation of flammable materials and
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           tures in hazardous locations, waste disposal                      appropriate information concerning employee
           and training of personnel.                                        access to medical and exposure records and
                                                                             Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) been
       I   Maintenance – provide regular and preventive                      posted or otherwise made readily available to
           maintenance on all equipment used at the                          affected employees?
           worksite, recording all work performed on the
           machinery and by training personnel on the
           proper care and servicing of the equipment.
                                                                       J Are signs loading, biohazards, exposures to x-
                                                                         ties, floor
                                                                                     concerning exit routes, room capaci-

                                                                             ray, microwave, or other harmful radiation or
       I   PPE – type, size, maintenance, repair, age, stor-                 substances posted where appropriate?
           age, assignment of responsibility, purchasing
           methods, standards observed, training in care               J Is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and
                                                                         Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) posted during the
           and use, rules of use, method of assignment.
                                                                             months of February, March and April?
       I   Transportation – motor vehicle safety, seat belts,
           vehicle maintenance, safe driver programs.                                           RECORDKEEPING

       I   First-Aid Program/Supplies – medical care                   J Are occupational injuriesonlyillnesses, except
                                                                         minor injuries requiring
                                                                                                        first aid, recorded
           facilities locations, posted emergency phone
                                                                             as required on the OSHA 300 log?
           numbers, accessible first-aid kits.

       I   Evacuation Plan – establish and practice pro-
                                                                       J Are employee medical hazardous substances
                                                                         employee exposure to
                                                                                              records and records of

           cedures for an emergency evacuation, e.g.,                        or harmful physical agents up-to-date and in
           fire, chemical/biological incidents, bomb                         compliance with current OSHA standards?
           threat; include escape procedures and routes,
           critical plant operations, employee accounting
           following an evacuation, rescue and medical
                                                                       J Are employee training records kept and acces-
                                                                         sible for review by employees, as required by
           duties and ways to report emergencies.                            OSHA standards?

     Self-Inspection Checklists                                        J Have arrangements been made to retaineach
                                                                         records for the time period required for
                                                                             specific type of record? (Some records must
        These checklists are by no means all-inclusive.                      be maintained for at least 40 years.)
     You should add to them or delete items that do not
     apply to your business; however, carefully consider
     each item and then make your decision. You
                                                                       J Areitems suchpermits and records up-to-date
                                                                                       as elevators, air pressure tanks,
     should refer to OSHA standards for specific guid-                       liquefied petroleum gas tanks, etc.?
     ance that may apply to your work situation. (Note:
     These checklists are typical for general industry but                         SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM
     not for construction or maritime industries.)

                      EMPLOYER POSTING                                 J Do you have an active safety and health safety
                                                                         gram in operation that includes general

     J Is the required OSHA Job Safety and Health
       Protection Poster displayed in a prominent loca-
                                                                             and health program elements as well as the
                                                                             management of hazards specific to your work-
           tion where all employees are likely to see it?                    site?

     J Are emergency telephone found in case of
       where they can be readily
                                 numbers posted                        J Is one person clearly responsible for the safety
                                                                         and health program?
                                                                       J Do youup of management and laborgroup
                                                                                 have a safety committee or
     J Where employees mayphysical agents,toxic
       substances or harmful
                             be exposed to
                                                                             tatives that meets regularly and reports in
                                                                             writing on its activities?

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J Do you have a working procedure to handle
  in-house employee complaints regarding safe-
                                                                J If employees have hadpathogens, was an im-
                                                                  involving bloodborne
                                                                                        an exposure incident

    ty and health?                                                     mediate post-exposure medical evaluation and
                                                                       follow-up provided?
J Are your employees the safety and health pro-
                     advised of efforts and
  accomplishments of
    gram made to ensure they will have a work-
                                                                J Are medicalconsultationreadily available for
                                                                  advice and
                                                                                          on matters of employ-
    place that is safe and healthful?                                  ees’ health?

J Have you consideredexcel in reducing work-
  or workgroups who
                      incentives for employees                  J Are emergency phone numbers posted?
    place injury/illnesses?                                     J Areeach work area,first aid kits easily accessible
                                                                      fully supplied
                                                                                     periodically inspected and
                                                                       replenished as needed?
                                                                J Havephysician, indicating that they are ade-
                                                                       first aid kits and supplies been approved
J   Is there a hospital, clinic, or infirmary for med-
    ical care near your workplace or is at least one
                                                                  by a
                                                                       quate for a particular area or operation?
    employee on each shift currently qualified to
    render first aid?                                           J Is there an eye-washorstation or sink available
                                                                  for quick drenching     flushing of the eyes and
J Have all employees emergencies as part of
  respond to medical
                     who are expected to                               body in areas where corrosive liquids or mate-
                                                                       rials are handled?
    their job responsibilities received first aid
    training; had hepatitis B vaccination made                                        FIRE PROTECTION
    available to them; had appropriate training on
    procedures to protect them from bloodborne                  J Is your local fire department familiar with your
                                                                  facility, its location and specific hazards?
    pathogens, including universal precautions;
    and have available and understand how to use
    appropriate PPE to protect against exposure to
                                                                J If you have aand tested annually?is it certified
                                                                  as required
                                                                                   fire alarm system,

    bloodborne diseases?*
    *Pursuant to an OSHA memorandum of July 1,
                                                                J If youinspected regularly? and valves, are
                                                                          have interior standpipes

1992, employees who render first aid only as a col-
lateral duty do not have to be offered pre-exposure             J If youflushedoutside privateafire hydrants,aare
                                                                                   at least once year and on rou-
hepatitis B vaccine only if the employer includes
                                                                       tine preventive maintenance schedule?
and implements the following requirements in
his/her exposure control plan: (1) the employer
must record all first aid incidents involving the
                                                                J Are fire doors and shutters in good operating
presence of blood or other potentially infectious
materials before the end of the work shift during               J Are fire doors andobstructions, including and
                                                                  protected against
                                                                                     shutters unobstructed
which the first aid incident occurred; (2) the em-
ployer must comply with post-exposure evaluation,
prophylaxis and follow-up requirements of the                   J Are fire door and shutter fusible links in place?
Bloodborne Pathogens standard with respect to
“exposure incidents, ” as defined by the standard;              J Are automatic sprinkler systemcheckedcontrol
                                                                  valves, air and water pressure
(3) the employer must train designated first aid                       ically as required?
providers about the reporting procedure; (4) the
employer must offer to initiate the hepatitis B vac-
cination series within 24 hours to all unvaccinated
                                                                J Is the assigned to responsible persons or to a
                                                                         maintenance of automatic sprinkler sys-

first aid providers who have rendered assistance in                    sprinkler contractor?
any situation involving the presence of blood or
other potentially infectious materials.
                                                                J Are sprinkler heads protected bydamage?
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                                                                          Pathogens standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030(b), for
     J Is proper clearance maintained below sprinkler
                                                                          the definition of “other potentially infectious
                                                                          materials. ”
     J Are portable fire extinguishers provided inin
       adequate number and type and mounted                         J Are hard hats required, providedexists?worn
                                                                      where danger of falling objects
         readily accessible locations?

     J Are fire extinguishers recharged regularly with              J Are hard hats periodically inspected for dam-
                                                                      age to the shell and suspension system?
       this noted on the inspection tag?

     J Are employees periodically instructed in the                 J Is appropriate footfoot injuriesrequired where
                                                                      there is the risk of
                                                                                                       from hot, corro-
       use of fire extinguishers and fire protection                      sive, or poisonous substances, falling objects,
         procedures?                                                      crushing, or penetrating actions?

                    AND CLOTHING
                                                                    J Are approvedCFR 1910.134provided when need-
                                                                      ed? (See 29
                                                                                               for detailed infor-
                                                                          mation on respirators or check OSHA’s website
     J   Has the employer determined whether hazards
         that require the use of PPE (e.g., head, eye,

         face, hand, or foot protection) are present or             J Is allreadymaintained in a sanitary condition
                                                                                 for use?
         are likely to be present?

     J If hazards or the likelihood of hazards are                  J Are food or beverages consumed only in areas
                                                                      where there is no exposure to toxic material,
       found, are employers selecting appropriate
                                                                          blood, or other potentially infectious materials?
         and properly fitted PPE suitable for protection
         from these hazards and ensuring that affected
         employees use it?
                                                                    J Is protection against thesound levels exceed
                                                                      al noise provided when
                                                                                                effects of occupation-

                                                                          those of the OSHA Noise standard?
     J Have trained on PPE procedures,employeesPPE
            both the employer and the
       been                           i.e., what
         is necessary for job tasks, when workers need
                                                                    J Are adequate work procedures,whenand other
                                                                      equipment provided and used
         it, and how to properly wear and adjust it?                      up spilled hazardous materials?

     J Areand worn where there is any danger of fly-
           protective goggles or face shields provid-               J Areorappropriate procedures in place to dispose
                                                                      of    decontaminate PPE contaminated with,
         ing particles or corrosive materials?                            or reasonably anticipated to be contaminated
                                                                          with, blood or other potentially infectious
     J Are approved safetyareas where thereto berisk
       worn at all times in
                            glasses required
                                             is a
         of eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions,
                                                                                GENERAL WORK ENVIRONMENT
         contusions, or burns?

     J Are employees who wear correctivewith harm-
                                           lenses                   J Are all worksites clean, sanitary and orderly?
       (glasses or contacts) in workplaces
         ful exposures required to wear only approved               J Are work surfaces kept the surfaces are slip-
                                                                      means taken to assure
                                                                                               dry and appropriate

         safety glasses, protective goggles, or use other                 resistant?
         medically approved precautionary proce-
         dures?                                                     J Are all spilled hazardous materials or infec-
                                                                      including blood and other potentially

     J Are protective gloves,required where employ-
       means provided and
                              aprons, shields, or other                   tious materials, cleaned up immediately and
                                                                          according to proper procedures?
         ees could be cut or where there is reasonably
         anticipated exposure to corrosive liquids,
         chemicals, blood, or other potentially infec-
                                                                    J Is combustible scrap, debrisfrom the worksite
                                                                      stored safely and removed
                                                                                                    and waste

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J Is all regulated waste, asstandard (29the OSHA
  Bloodborne Pathogens
                              defined in
                                                                J Are spilled materials cleaned up immediately?
    1910.1030), discarded according to Federal,                 J Are changes of direction or elevations readily
    state and local regulations?

J Are accumulations ofelevated surfaces includ-
                       combustible dust rou-                    J Areoperating machinery,that pass near moving
                                                                      aisles or walkways
                                                                                            welding operations,
  tinely removed from
                                                                       or similar operations arranged so employees
    ing the overhead structure of buildings, etc.?
                                                                       will not be subjected to potential hazards?
J Is combustible dustsuspension ofwith a particles
  system to prevent
                      cleaned up
                                                                J Is adequate headroomwalkway? for the entire
                                                                  length of any aisle or
    in the environment?

J Is metallic or conductive dustor around electri-
                                 prevented from                 J Are standard guardrails provided wherever
                                                                  aisle or walkway surfaces are elevated more
  entering or accumulating on
                                                                       than 30 inches (76.20 centimeters) above any
    cal enclosures or equipment?
                                                                       adjacent floor or the ground?
J Are covered metal waste cans used for oily or
  paint-soaked waste?                                           J Are hazards?provided over conveyors and sim-
J Are allfailure controls todevices equipped with
          oil and gas-fired
                            prevent flow of fuel if                           FLOOR AND WALL OPENINGS
    pilots or main burners are not working?

J Are paint spray booths, dip tanks, etc., cleaned              J Are floor openings guardedall sides (except at
                                                                  guardrail, or equivalent on
                                                                                              by a cover, a

  regularly?                                                           stairways or ladder entrances)?
J Are facilities provided and maintained in wash-
      the minimum number of toilets and
                                             a                  J Are toeboards installed around the edges of
                                                                  permanent floor openings where persons may
    clean and sanitary fashion?                                        pass below the opening?
J Are all work areas adequately illuminated?                    J Areatskylight screens able to kilograms)? load
                                                                                                withstand a
J Are pits and floor openings covered or other-                   of least 200 pounds (90.7
  wise guarded?
                                                                J Is thesubjectin windows,human glass walls,suf-
                                                                         glass              doors,
J Have all confined29 CFR 1910.146? (Permit-
  compliance with
                     spaces been evaluated for                    etc.,         to possible         impact, of
                                                                       ficient thickness and type for the condition of
    required confined spaces.)                                         use?

                    WALKWAYS                                    J Are gratessuchsimilar type covers over floor
                                                                                  as floor drains designed to
                                                                       allow unimpeded foot traffic or rolling equip-
J Are aisles and passageways kept clear and
  marked as appropriate?

J Are wet surfaces covered with non-slip mate-                  J Are in use either covered or protected bypits
                                                                      unused portions of service pits and
                                                                       guardrails or equivalent?
J Are surfaceinrepaired properly, covered, orwalk-
       holes the floor, sidewalk, or other
                                              oth-              J Are manholetheir supports designedandcarry a
                                                                               covers, trench covers    similar
                                                                  covers, and                        to
    erwise made safe?
                                                                       truck rear axle load of at least 20,000 pounds
J   Is there safe clearance for walking in aisles
    where motorized or mechanical handling
                                                                       (9,072 kilograms) when located in roadways
                                                                       and subject to vehicle traffic?
    equipment is operating?

J   Are materials or equipment stored in such a
                                                                J Are floor provided with doorsfire-resistant con-
                                                                            or wall openings in
                                                                                                 or covers com-
    way that sharp projections will not interfere                      patible with the fire rating of the structure and
    with the walkway?

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         provided with a self-closing feature when
         appropriate?                                               J Do stairwaydirection of traveldimension meas-
                                                                      ured in the
                                                                                  landings have a
                                                                                                     at least equal to
                  STAIRS AND STAIRWAYS                                    the width of the stairway?

     J Do standardatstair rails orrisers? on all stair-
                                    handrails                       J Is thelimited todistance(3.6576 meters) or land-
                                                                                       12 feet
                                                                                               between stairway
       ways have least four

     J Are all stairways at least 22 inches (55.88 cen-
       timeters) wide?
                                                                                       ELEVATED SURFACES

     J Do incheshave landing platformsthe direction
           stairs                          not less than
                                                                    J Are elevated surface loadappropriate, showing
                                                                          signs posted, when
       30         (76.20 centimeters) in
         of travel and extend 22 inches (55.88 centime-             J Are surfaces that are elevated more with stan-
                                                                      inches (76.20 centimeters) provided
                                                                                                           than 30
         ters) in width at every 12 feet (3.6576 meters)
         or less of vertical rise?                                        dard guardrails?

     J Do stairsdegrees? more than 50 and no less
                  angle no                                          J Are or machinerysurfacesbe exposed to falling
                                                                          all elevated
                                                                                               beneath which peo-
       than 30
                                                                          objects provided with standard 4-inch (10.16-
     J Are stairs of hollow-pan typethe panand land-
       ings filled to the top edge of
                                             with solid
                                                                          centimeter) toeboards?

         material?                                                  J Is a permanent means of access and egress
                                                                      provided to elevated storage and work sur-
     J Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to

     J Are steps slip-resistant?                                    J Is required headroom provided where neces-

     J Are stairway handrails located between 30
       inches (76.20 centimeters) and 34 inches
                                                                    J Is materialinon manner to preventpiled, stacked,
                                                                      or racked a
                                                                                      elevated surfaces
                                                                                                        it from tip-
         (86.36 centimeters) above the leading edge of                    ping, falling, collapsing, rolling, or spreading?
         stair treads?

     J   Do stairway handrails have at least 3 inches
                                                                    J Are dock boards or bridge plates usedand
                                                                      transferring materials between docks

         (7.62 centimeters) of clearance between the                      trucks or railcars?
         handrails and the wall or surface they are
         mounted on?                                                          EXITING OR EGRESS - EVACUATION

     J Where doors or gates open so the swing stair-
       way, is a platform provided
                                   directly on a
                                                 of                 J Are all exits amarked with an exit sign and illu-
                                                                      minated by reliable light source?
         the door does not reduce the width of the plat-
         form to less than 21 inches (53.34 centime-
                                                                    J Are the directions to exits, when notsigns?
                                                                      ately apparent, marked with visible

     J Are stairway handrails(90.7 kilograms), applied
       a load of 200 pounds
                               capable of withstanding              J Are doors, passagewaysto exits, but could are
                                                                      neither exits nor access
                                                                                                 or stairways that
         within 2 inches (5.08 centimeters) of the top                    mistaken for exits, appropriately marked “NOT
         edge in any downward or outward direction?                       AN EXIT, ” “TO BASEMENT, ” “STORE-
                                                                          ROOM, ” etc.?
     J Where stairsvehicles may be operated,into ade-
       area where
                    or stairways exit directly
                                                                    J Are exit signs labeled with(12.70word “EXIT” in
         quate barriers and warnings provided to pre-                 lettering at least 5 inches       centimeters)
         vent employees from stepping into the path of                    high and the stroke of the lettering at least l/2-
         traffic?                                                         inch (1.2700 centimeters) wide?

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J Are all exits kept free of obstructions?                     J Where panic hardware it allow the on a to
                                                                 required exit door, will
                                                                                          is installed
J Are atelevated platforms, pits, or rooms where
         least two means of egress provided
                                                                      open by applying a force of 15 pounds (6.80
                                                                      kilograms) or less in the direction of the exit
    the absence of a second exit would increase
    the risk of injury from hot, poisonous, corro-
    sive, suffocating, flammable, or explosive sub-
                                                               J Are doors on cold storage rooms provided
                                                                 with an inside release mechanism that will
                                                                      release the latch and open the door even if the
J Are there sufficient exits to permit prompt
  escape in case of emergency?
                                                                      door is padlocked or otherwise locked on the
J Are special during construction and repair
              precautions taken to protect
                                                               J Where alley,doors open directly onto any may
                                                                 street,      or other area where vehicles
                                                                      be operated, are adequate barriers and warn-
J   Is the number of exits from each floor of a
    building and the number of exits from the
                                                                      ings provided to prevent employees from
                                                                      stepping into the path of traffic?
    building itself appropriate for the building
    occupancy load?                                            J Are locatedthat swingrooms where thereandfre-
                                                                                       in both directions
J Are exit stairwaysparts of arequired to be sepa-
  rated from other
                     that are
                               building enclosed
                                                                      quent traffic provided with viewing panels in
                                                                      each door?
    by at least 2-hour fire-resistive construction in
    buildings more than four stories in height, and                               PORTABLE LADDERS
    not less than 1-hour fire-resistive construction
    elsewhere?                                                 J Are allbetween maintainedsidegood tight, all
                                                                                 steps and

J Where ramps are usedthe part ofslope limited
  ing from a building, is
                                  required exit-
                                                                      hardware and fittings securely attached, and
                                                                      moveable parts operating freely without bind-
    to 1 foot (0.3048 meter) vertical and 12 feet
                                                                      ing or undue play?
    (3.6576 meters) horizontal?

J Where glass exit doors, storm frameless glass
         exiting will be through                               J Arerung ladder, andfeet provided on each metal
                                                                     non-slip safety
                                                                                     are ladder rungs and steps
  doors,                         doors, etc., are
                                                                      free of grease and oil?
    the doors fully tempered and meet the safety
    requirements for human impact?                             J Are in front of doors opening toward thealad-
                                                                     employees prohibited from placing lad-

                   EXIT DOORS                                         der unless the door is blocked open, locked, or
J Are doorsand constructed so that theaspath of
            that are required to serve   exits
                                                               J Are employees barrels, or other placing lad-
                                                                                prohibited from
                                                                 ders on boxes,                  unstable bases
    exit travel is obvious and direct?
                                                                      to obtain additional height?
J   Are windows that could be mistaken for exit
    doors made inaccessible by means of barriers               J Are employees required to face the ladder
                                                                 when ascending or descending?
    or railings?

J Are exit doors able to be opened from of a key
                                           the                 J Are employees prohibited from usingrungs, or
                                                                 that are broken, have missing steps,
  direction of exit travel without the use
                                                                      cleats, broken side rails, or other faulty equip-
    or any special knowledge or effort when the
    building is occupied?

J Is a revolving,serving asoraoverheadexit door?
                  sliding,             door pro-               J Are employees instructed notastoause the top
                                                                 step of ordinary stepladders      step?
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     J When portable rung ladders are used to gain
       access to elevated platforms, roofs, etc., does
                                                                    J Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so theskip-
                                                                      will move smoothly without binding or

         the ladder always extend at least 3 feet (0.9144                 ping?
         meters) above the elevated surface?
                                                                    J Are tools stored in abedry, secure location
     J   Are employees required to secure the base of
         a portable rung or cleat type ladder to prevent
                                                                      where they cannot       tampered with?

         slipping, or otherwise lash or hold it in place?           J Is eye andor tempered studs or when driving
                                                                                 face protection used
     J Are portable metal ladders- Do Not marked with
       signs reading “CAUTION
                                           Use Around                       PORTABLE (POWER OPERATED) TOOLS
         Electrical Equipment” or equivalent wording?                               AND EQUIPMENT

     J Areguys, braces,prohibited from using ladders
                        skids, gin poles, or for other              J Are grinders, saws and safety guards? pro-
                                                                      vided with appropriate
                                                                                             similar equipment

         than their intended purposes?

     J Are employees instructed toat a base (not
                                   only adjust exten-               J Are power attachments, as proper shields, by
                                                                      guards, or
                                                                                 tools used with
       sion ladders while standing                                        the manufacturer?
         while standing on the ladder or from a posi-
         tion above the ladder)?                                    J Are portable circular sawsthe base shoe?
                                                                      guards above and below
                                                                                                 equipped with

     J Are metal ladders inspected for damage?                      J Are circular saw guards checked theensure that
     J Areinches (30.48 centimeters) centerspaced at
           the rungs of ladders uniformly
                                            to center?
                                                                      they are not wedged up, leaving
                                                                          portion of the blade unguarded?

               HAND TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT                             J Are rotatingprevent physical contact?
                                                                      guarded to
                                                                                   or moving parts of equipment

     J Are all tools and equipment (both company
       and employee-owned) used at the workplace                    J Are alland equipment effectively grounded or
                                                                              cord-connected, electrically operated
         in good condition?
                                                                          of the approved double insulated type?
     J   Are hand tools, such as chisels, punches, etc.,
         which develop mushroomed heads during                      J Are effectiveand sprockets onover belts, pul-
                                                                                    guards in place
                                                                      leys, chains                  equipment such
         use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?
                                                                          as concrete mixers, air compressors, etc.?
     J   Are broken or fractured handles on hammers,
         axes and similar equipment replaced promptly?              J Are portable fans provided with full guards or
                                                                      screens having openings 1/2 inch (1.2700 cen-
     J Are worn or bent wrenches replaced?                                timeters) or less?

     J Are tools? handles used on files and sim-
            appropriate                                             J Is hoisting equipmentand are hoist ratingsfor
                                                                      lifting heavy objects,
                                                                                             available and used
                                                                          characteristics appropriate for the task?
     J Are employees aware of hazards caused by
       faulty or improperly used hand tools?                        J Areall temporary circuit interrupters provided
                                                                                       electrical 15 and 20 ampere
     J Are appropriate using hand tools or shields,
       etc., used while
                        safety glasses, face
                                                                          circuits used during periods of construction?
         that might produce flying materials or be sub-
         ject to breakage?
                                                                    J Are pneumatic checked regularly foron power-
                                                                      operated tools
                                                                                     and hydraulic hoses
                                                                          tion or damage?
     J Are in good operating condition? ensure they
            jacks checked periodically to

                                                                          ABRASIVE WHEEL EQUIPMENT GRINDERS
     J Arealltool handles wedged tightly into the heads
       of      tools?                                               J Is the work rest used and kept adjusted to within
                                                                      1/8 inch (0.3175 centimeter) of the wheel?

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J Is the adjustable tongue on the topwithinof the
  grinder used and kept adjusted to
                                                               J Are powder-actuatedeach day before for ob-
                                                                 structions or defects
                                                                                       tools inspected
    inch (0.6350 centimeters) of the wheel?
                                                               J Do powder-actuated tool operatorshats, safety
                                                                                                     have and
J Do sideand 75 percentthethe wheelnut and
           guards cover
                                                                 use appropriate PPE such as hard
                                                                      goggles, safety shoes and ear protectors?

J Are bench and pedestal grinders permanently
                                                                                  MACHINE GUARDING

J Are goggles or face shields always worn when
                                                               J Is theresafe methods of machine operation?
                                                                 ees on
                                                                          a training program to instruct employ-

J Is the maximum revolutions per minute (rpm)
  rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with
                                                               J Is there adequate supervision machine operat-
                                                                 employees are following safe
                                                                                                to ensure that

    the rpm rating of the grinder motor?                              ing procedures?

J Are fixed ortopermanently mounted grinders
  connected their electrical supply system
                                                               J Is there a regular program of safety inspection
                                                                 of machinery and equipment?
    with metallic conduit or other permanent
    wiring method?                                             J Is all machinery and equipment kept clean and
                                                                 properly maintained?
J Does each switch? have an individual on and
  off control
                                                               J Is sufficient clearance provided safe opera-
                                                                 between machines to allow for
                                                                                                  around and

J Is each electrically operated grinder effectively
                                                                      tions, set up and servicing, material handling
                                                                      and waste removal?

J Are new abrasive wheels visually inspected
  and ring tested before they are mounted?
                                                               J Is equipment andprevent tipping or other
                                                                 and anchored to
                                                                                  machinery securely placed

                                                                      movement that could result in personal injury?
J Are dust collectorsused powered exhaustspro-
  vided on grinders
                           in operations that
                                                               J Is thereoperator’s shut-off switch within reach
                                                                          a power
    duce large amounts of dust?                                  of the             position at each machine?

J Are splash guards mountedcoolant from reach-
  use coolant to prevent the
                             on grinders that                  J Canfor maintenance, repair,machine be locked
                                                                      electric power to each
                                                                                                or security?
    ing employees?
                                                               J Are the noncurrent-carrying metal partsand  of
J Is cleanliness maintained around grinders?                     electrically operated machines bonded
                                                               J Are foot-operated switches guarded or by per-
                                                                 ranged to prevent accidental actuation

J Are employees who operate powder-actuated
  tools trained in their use and required to carry
                                                                      sonnel or falling objects?
    a valid operator’s card?                                   J Are manually operated valves and switches
                                                                 controlling the operation of equipment and
J Is eachcontainer when not being used?its own
           powder-actuated tool stored in
                                                                      machines clearly identified and readily acces-
J Is a10 inches (25.40inches (17.78 centimeters)
       sign at least 7
                        centimeters) with bold face            J Are all emergency stop buttons colored red?
    type reading “POWDER-ACTUATED TOOL IN
    USE” conspicuously posted when the tool is
                                                               J Are all pulleys floorbelts within level properly
                                                                 meters) of the
                                                                                       or working
                                                                                                   7 feet (2.1336

    being used?                                                       guarded?

J Are powder-actuatedused? left unloaded until
  they are ready to be
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     J Are splash guards mountedcoolant from reach-
       use coolant to prevent the
                                  on machines that                  J If the power disconnect electrical control cir-
                                                                      not also disconnect the
                                                                                              for equipment does

         ing employees?                                                   cuit, are the appropriate electrical enclosures
                                                                          identified and is a means provided to ensure
     J Are methods providedintothe machine operator
       and other employees
                                 protect the
                                                                          that the control circuit can also be disconnect-
                                                                          ed and locked out?
         from hazards created at the point of operation,
         ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips
         and sparks?
                                                                    J Is the locking outpower disconnectsinstead of
                                                                      locking out main
                                                                                        of control circuits

     J Are machinecause a hazard whilearranged so
       they do not
                     guards secure and
                                          in use?
                                                                    J Are allwith a means for locking out? pro-
                                                                               equipment control valve handles

     J If special hand toolsdo they protect the opera-
       removing material,
                             are used for placing and               J Does the lockout procedure requireetc.) be re-
                                                                      energy (mechanical, hydraulic, air,
                                                                                                            that stored

         tor’s hands?                                                     leased or blocked before equipment is locked
                                                                          out for repairs?
     J Are revolving drums, barrels andinterlocked
       guarded by an enclosure that is
         with the drive mechanism so that revolution
                                                                    J Are appropriatepersonal safety locks? with indi-
                                                                      vidually keyed
                                                                                       employees provided

         cannot occur unless the guard enclosure is in
         place?                                                     J Are of their key(s) while they have safety locks
                                                                           employees required to keep personal con-

     J Do arborsand are they free from play? secure
                 and mandrels have firm and                               in use?

                                                                    J Is itthe hazardthat only the employee exposed
     J Are provisions made to prevent machines
       from automatically starting when power is
                                                                                      can place or remove the safety

         restored after a power failure or shutdown?
                                                                    J Is itthe lockoutthat attempting acheck theafter
                                                                             required      employees             safety
     J   Are machines constructed so as to be free
         from excessive vibration when the largest size
                                                                      of               by
                                                                          making sure no one is exposed?

         tool is mounted and run at full speed?
                                                                    J Are employeesstop button to always push the
     J   If machinery is cleaned with compressed air, is
         air pressure controlled and PPE or other safe-
                                                                      control circuit            prior to re-energiz-
                                                                          ing the main power switch?
         guards utilized to protect operators and other
         workers from eye and body injury?                          J Is there a meansare working on locked-out all
                                                                      employees who
                                                                                      provided to identify any or

     J Are fan blades protectedl/2 inchguard having
       openings no larger than
                                with a
                                       (1.2700 cen-
                                                                          equipment by their locks or accompanying
         timeters) when operating within 7 feet (2.1336
         meters) of the floor?                                      J Are a or tags and safety of accident prevention
                                                                            sufficient number
                                                                                               padlocks provided for
     J Are sawsdevices and spreaders? with anti-
                 used for ripping equipped                                any reasonably foreseeable repair emergency?

                                                                    J When machineoperator to leave the control
                                                                                      operations, configuration, or
     J Are radial will gently so arranged that the cut-
       ting head
                  arm saws
                              return to the back of the
                                                                      size require an
                                                                          station and part of the machine could move if
         table when released?                                             accidentally activated, is the part required to
                                                                          be separately locked out or blocked?
                                                                    J If equipment ortagged, is a safeshutprocedure
                                                                                      lines cannot be      down,

     J Is all machinerytoorbeequipment capable of move-
       ment required          de-energized or disengaged
                                                                      locked out and                  job
                                                                          established and rigidly followed?
         and blocked or locked out during cleaning, serv-
         icing, adjusting, or setting up operations?

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                                                                J Is red used to identifyfor the oxygen(and other
                                                                                          the acetylene
J   Are only authorized and trained personnel per-
    mitted to use welding, cutting, or brazing
                                                                  fuel-gas) hose, green                 hose and
                                                                       black for inert gas and air hoses?
                                                                J Are gas and pressures for which they are in-for
                                                                      pressure-reducing regulators used only
J   Does each operator have a copy of and follow
    the appropriate operating instructions?

J Are compressed gas cylinders regularlyrusting,
  ined for obvious signs of defects, deep
                                          exam-                 J Is open circuit (no-load) voltage possible and
                                                                  and cutting machines as low as
                                                                                                    of arc welding

    or leakage?                                                        not in excess of the recommended limits?

J Is caresafety valves, reliefand storage of cylin-
          used in handling
                               valves, etc., to pre-
                                                                J Under wet conditions,voltage used? controls
                                                                  for reducing no-load
                                                                                        are automatic

    vent damage?
                                                                J Is grounding of the machine frame and safety
J Areair or oxygen takenflammable gases, except
                         to prevent the mixture                   ground connections of portable machines
                                                                       checked periodically?
    at a burner or in a standard torch?
                                                                J Are electrodes removed from the holders
J   Are only approved apparatuses (torches, regu-
    lators, pressure reducing valves, acetylene
                                                                  when not in use?

    generators, manifolds) used?                                J Is itshut off when no one is in attendance?
                                                                        required that electric power to the welder

J Are cylinders kept awaygangways? of heat
  and elevators, stairs, or
                             from sources
                                                                J Is suitable fire extinguishing equipment avail-
                                                                  able for immediate use?
J Is it prohibited to use cylinders as rollers or
  supports?                                                     J Is the welder forbidden hiscoil or loop welding
                                                                  electrode cable around        body?
J Are empty cylinders appropriately marked and
  their valves closed?                                          J Are wetuse? thoroughly dried and tested
J Are signs posted reading “DANGER, NO ” or
  SMOKING, MATCHES, OR OPEN LIGHTS,                             J Are work and wear and damage, andfrequently
                                                                                  electrode lead cables
                                                                  inspected for                           replaced
    the equivalent?                                                    when needed?
J Are cylinders,and apparatuses couplings,ofregu-
  lators, hoses
                 cylinder valves,
                                  kept free oily                J Are cable connectors adequately insulated?
    or greasy substances?                                       J When the objecthazardswelded cannot be
                                                                  moved and fire
                                                                                  to be
                                                                                         cannot be removed,
J Is care taken not to drop or strike cylinders?                       are shields used to confine heat, sparks and
J Are regulators removed and valve-protection
  caps put in place before moving cylinders,

    unless they are secured on special trucks?                  J Are fireis performed in locations where a seri-
                                                                           watchers assigned when welding or

J Do cylindersnon-adjustablewheels have keys,
  handles, or
               without fixed
                             wrenches on stem
                                                                       ous fire might develop?

    valves when in service?                                     J Are combustible floors kept wet, covered with
                                                                  damp sand, or protected by fire-resistant
J Are liquefiedvalve covers inand shipped valve-
  end up with
                gases stored

                                                                J Areshock whenprotected from possible electri-
J Are employees trained never to of ignition?
  gas cylinder valve near sources
                                   crack a fuel                   cal             floors are wet?

                                                                J Arethe other sidetaken to protectwhen welding
                                                                      precautions                  combustibles
J Before and gas released? is the valve
         a regulator is removed,                                  on
                                                                       is underway?
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     J Are used drums, barrels, tankssubstances con-
       tainers thoroughly cleaned of
                                      and other
                                                                    J When usingwear protective chipcleaning, do
                                                                                 compressed air for
                                                                                                    guarding and
         could explode, ignite, or produce toxic vapors                   PPE?
         before hot work begins?
                                                                    J Are safety chains or other suitable locking
     J   Do eye protection, helmets, hand shields and
         goggles meet appropriate standards?
                                                                      devices used at couplings of high-pressure
                                                                          hose lines where a connection failure would
                                                                          create a hazard?
     J Arewelding, cutting, or brazing operations pro-
           employees exposed to the hazards created
         tected with PPE and clothing?
                                                                    J Before compressedthe safe working pressure
                                                                      tainers of liquid, is
                                                                                            air is used to empty con-

                                                                          of the container checked?
     J Is a check made for or cutting ventilation in
       and where welding              is performed?                 J Whencleaning equipment, is the operating
                                                                            compressed air is used with abrasive

     J When working in confined places, are environ-
       mental monitoring tests done and means pro-
                                                                          valve a type that must be held open manually?
         vided for quick removal of welders in case of
         an emergency?
                                                                    J Whenare a clip-on chuck usedan inline regula-
                                                                             compressed air is
                                                                                                   to inflate auto

                                                                          tor preset to 40 psi required?
                                                                    J Are employeesclean up or move using com-
                                                                                     prohibited from

     J Are compressors equipped with pressure relief
       valves and pressure gauges?
                                                                      pressed air to                 combustible
                                                                          dust if such action could cause the dust to be
                                                                          suspended in the air and cause a fire or explo-
     J Are compressorto ensure that only clean,
       equipped so as
                       air intakes installed and                          sion hazard?

         uncontaminated air enters the compressor?                               COMPRESSORS/AIR RECEIVERS

     J Are air filters installed on the compressor
       intake?                                                      J Is everyand one orequipped with a pressure
                                                                      gauge              more automatic, spring-
     J Are compressorsthe manufacturer’s recom-
       accordance with
                           operated and lubricated in                     loaded safety valves?

         mendations?                                                J Is the able to preventcapacity ofin the receiver
                                                                             total relieving
                                                                                                        the safety

     J Are safety devices on compressed air systems
       checked frequently?
                                                                          from exceeding the maximum allowable work-
                                                                          ing pressure of the receiver by more than 10
     J Before aiscompressor’s bled off and the system
                              pressure system is re-
       paired, the pressure
         locked out?
                                                                    J Is every airatreceiver provided for the drain pipe
                                                                      and valve the lowest point
                                                                                                      with a
                                                                          of accumulated oil and water?
     J Are signs postedoftothe compressors?
                             warn of the automatic
       starting feature
                                                                    J Are compressed air receivers periodically
                                                                      drained of moisture and oil?
     J Is theprotection for the front, back, top and pro-
              belt drive system totally enclosed to
                                                                    J Aredetermine whether they areregular intervals
                                                                          all safety valves tested at
                                                                                                      in good operat-
                                                                          ing condition?
     J Are compressedstrictly prohibited from direct-
       ing             air towards a person?
                                                                    J Is there a current operating permit?
     J Are employees prohibited from using highly
       compressed air for cleaning purposes?
                                                                    J Is thefree ofofaccumulated oil and carbonaceous
                                                                              inlet air receivers and piping systems

     J When compressed air is used to clean clothing,
       are employees trained to reduce the pressure to
         less than 10 pounds per square inch (psi)?

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                                                                 J Is thevisible to theofoperator? legibly marked
                                                                           rated load each hoist
J   Are cylinders with a water weight capacity
    over 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) equipped

    with a means to connect a valve protector                    J Aretrolley provided at the safe limits of travel
    device, or with a collar or recess to protect
    the valve?                                                   J Are the controls of hoiststravel or marked to
                                                                   indicate the direction of
J Are type of gas? marked to clearly identify
      cylinders legibly
                                                                 J Is each cage-controlled hoist equipped with an
                                                                   effective warning device?
J Are compressedexternal heat sources such as
  protected from
                   gas cylinders stored in areas
                                                                 J Are close-fitting guardshoist to ensure that
                                                                                              or other suitable de-
    flame impingement, intense radiant heat, elec-                 vices installed on each
    tric arcs, or high-temperature lines?                               hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave
J Are cylindersbe damaged by passing orwhere
  they will not
                located or stored in areas
                                           falling               J Are all hoistfull range ofropes long enough to
                                                                                  chains or
    objects or subject to tampering by unautho-                    handle the                  movement of the
    rized persons?                                                      application while maintaining two full wraps
                                                                        around the drum at all times?
J Are to preventstored from creating ainhazard by
                       or transported a man-
                                                                 J Are guards provided for nipand sheaves per-
                                                                                              points or contact
    tipping, falling, or rolling?                                  points between hoist ropes
                                                                        manently located within 7 feet (2.1336 meters)
J Are cylinders containingaliquefied fuelthat the
  stored or transported in position so
                                          gas                           of the floor, ground, or working platform?

    safety relief device is always in direct contact
    with the vapor space in the cylinder?
                                                                 J Are employees prohibited from usingand pro-or
                                                                   rope slings that are kinked or twisted

                                                                        hibited from using the hoist rope or chain wrap-
J Are valve protectors always not in use cylin-
  ders when the cylinders are
                              placed on
                                         or con-
                                                                        ped around the load as a substitute for a sling?

    nected for use?                                              J Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying
                                                                   loads above people?
J Are all valves closed off before a cylinderatisthe
  moved, when the cylinder is empty and
                                                                             INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS - FORKLIFTS
    completion of each job?

J Are low-pressure fuel gas cylindersdistortion,
  periodically for corrosion, general
                                      checked                    J Are type of industrial truck they operate? of
                                                                        employees properly trained in the use

    cracks, or any other defect that might indicate
    a weakness or render them unfit for service?
                                                                 J Are only trained personnel allowed to operate
                                                                   industrial trucks?

J Doescylinders include a close inspection of the
       the periodic check of low-pressure fuel
                                                                 J Is substantialhigh lift rider equipment?
                                                                   provided on
                                                                                   overhead protective equipment

    cylinders’ bottoms?
                                                                 J Areand enforced?lift truck operating rules post-
                                                                        the required

J Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a                J Is directional lighting provided on each less
                                                                   trial truck that operates in an area with

  limit device to stop the hook at its highest and                      than 2 footcandles per square foot of general
    lowest point of safe travel?                                        lighting?
J Will load up to 125 percent ofstoprated load if
       each hoist automatically
                                      and hold
                                                                 J Does each industrial or other device that can
                                                                   horn, whistle, gong,
                                                                                        truck have a warning

    its actuating force is removed?                                     be clearly heard above normal noise in the
                                                                        areas where it is operated?

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     J Arebringing the on eachto a complete and safe
           the brakes
                               industrial truck capable              J Is the20 feetarea free of hotfrom flames, at
                                                                                    (6.096 meters)
                                                                                                     surfaces and

         stop when fully loaded?                                           sparks, operating electrical motors and other
                                                                           ignition sources?
     J Does thethe vehicle fromofmoving when unat-
                parking brake the industrial truck
                                                                     J Are portable lamps usedatohazardous location?
                                                                       areas suitable for use in
                                                                                                  illuminate spray

     J Are industrial vapors,that operate where flam-
       mable gases,
                              combustible dust, or
                                                                     J Is approved respiratory equipment provided
                                                                       and used when appropriate during spraying
         ignitable fibers may be present approved for                      operations?
         such locations?
                                                                     J Do solvents used for Fahrenheit (deg.flash
                                                                                            cleaning have a
     J   Are motorized hand and hand/rider trucks
         designed so that the brakes are applied and
                                                                       point to 100 degrees
                                                                                                             F) or

         power to the drive motor shuts off when the
         operator releases his or her grip on the device             J Are fire control sprinkler heads kept clean?
         that controls the truck’s travel?                           J Are “NO SMOKING”paint booths and spray
                                                                       areas, paint rooms,
                                                                                              signs posted in
     J Are industrialare operatedinternal combustion
       engines that
                      trucks with
                                  in buildings or
                                                                           storage areas?
         enclosed areas carefully checked to ensure
         that such operations do not cause harmful
                                                                     J Is the spray area kept clean of combustible
         concentrations of dangerous gases or fumes?
                                                                     J Are spray or otherconstructed noncombusti-
                                                                                  booths              of metal,
     J Areelevated ramps and platforms? the edges
            safe distances maintained from                             masonry,
                                                                           ble material?

     J Are employeeselevated portionsstanding or
       passing under
                        prohibited from
                                         of trucks,
                                                                     J Are spray booth floors and baffles noncom-
                                                                       bustible and easily cleaned?
         whether loaded or empty?
                                                                     J Is infrared drying apparatusoperations and is
                                                                                                    kept out of the
     J Are unauthorized employees prohibited from
       riding on trucks?
                                                                       spray area during spraying
                                                                           the spray booth completely ventilated before
                                                                           using the drying apparatus?
     J Are operators prohibited of a fixed object?to
       anyone standing in front
                                 from driving up
                                                                     J Is the electric drying apparatus properly
     J Are arms and legs kept inside the running
       lines of the truck?                                           J Are lightingbooth with the interior lighted
                                                                                     fixtures for spray booths located
                                                                       outside the
     J Areofloadstruck? only within the rated capac-
       ity the
                                                                           through sealed clear panels?

     J Are trucks in need of repair removed from                     J Are the electric or ducts? exhaust fans placed
                                                                       outside booths
                                                                                        motors for
       service immediately?

                   SPRAYING OPERATIONS
                                                                     J Are belts and pulleys inside the booth fully

     J Is adequate ventilation provided before spray-                J Do ducts have access doors to allow cleaning?
       ing operations are started?
                                                                     J Do all drying spaces have adequate ventilation?
     J Is mechanical ventilation provided when spray-
       ing operations are performed in enclosed areas?                             ENTERING CONFINED SPACES

     J When mechanical ventilationso provided dur-
       ing spraying operations, is it
                                         arranged that
                                                                     J Are confined spaces thoroughly emptiedsuch
                                                                       any corrosive or hazardous substances,

         it will not circulate the contaminated air?                       as acids or caustics, before entry?

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                                                                      equipment such as salamanders, torches, fur-
J Are alltoxic, flammable, or space thatmaterials
          lines to a confined
                                        contain                       naces, etc., in a confined space, is sufficient air
                                                                      provided to assure combustion without reduc-
    valved off and blanked or disconnected and                        ing the oxygen concentration of the atmos-
    separated before entry?                                           phere below 19.5 percent by volume?
J Are alland equipment insideor other moving
          impellers, agitators,
                                confined spaces                J Whenever combustion-type equipment is to used
                                                                 in a confined space, are provisions made
    locked out if they present a hazard?                              ensure the exhaust gases are vented outside
J Is either natural or mechanicalentry? pro-
  vided prior to confined space
                                  ventilation                         of the enclosure?

                                                               J Is each confined space checked for may pro-
J Arecheck for oxygen deficiency, toxic sub-
       appropriate atmospheric tests performed                   vegetation or animal matter which
                                                                      duce methane?
    stances and explosive concentrations in the
    confined space before entry?                               J Is the confined space checkedcontain toxic
                                                                 industrial waste which could
                                                                                               for possible

J Is adequate illuminationconfined space? work
  to be performed in the
                           provided for the                           properties?

                                                               J If the confined space is below ground and near
J Is the atmosphereor continuously monitored
  frequently tested
                     inside the confined space                   areas where motor vehicles will be operating,
                                                                      is it possible for vehicle exhaust or carbon
    during work?                                                      monoxide to enter the space?

J Is there a trained and outside thestandby
  employee positioned
                                                                             ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS

    space, whose sole responsibility is to watch
    the work in progress, sound an alarm if neces-
                                                               J Are all work areas properly illuminated?
    sary and render assistance?                                J Are employees instructed in proper first aid
                                                                 and other emergency procedures?
J Is theequipped to handle an emergency?trained
         standby employee appropriately
                                                               J Are hazardous substances, blood and other
                                                                 potentially infectious materials, which may
J Are employees prohibited from entering the
  confined space without lifelines and respira-
                                                                      cause harm by inhalation, ingestion, or skin
                                                                      absorption or contact, identified?
    tory equipment if there is any question as to
    the cause of an emergency?                                 J Are employees aware of thethey may involved
                                                                 with the various chemicals
                                                                                                     be ex-
J Is approved respiratorythe confinedrequired if
  the atmosphere inside
                                      space can-
                                                                      posed to in their work environment, such as
                                                                      ammonia, chlorine, epoxies, caustics, etc.?
    not be made acceptable?

J   Is all portable electrical equipment used inside
                                                               J Is employee exposure acceptable levels?
                                                                 workplace kept within
                                                                                         to chemicals in the

    confined spaces either grounded and insulated
    or equipped with ground fault protection?                  J Can a less harmful method or product be
J Are confined space? bottles forbidden inside
      compressed gas
                                                               J Is the work area ventilation system appropriate
                                                                 for the work performed?
J Before gas welding or burning is started in a
  confined space, are hoses checked for leaks,                 J Are spray painting operations performed in
    torches lighted only outside the confined area               spray rooms or booths equipped with an
    and the confined area tested for an explosive                     appropriate exhaust system?
    atmosphere each time before a lighted torch is
    taken into the confined space?
                                                               J Is employee exposureusewelding fumes expo-
                                                                 trolled by ventilation,
                                                                                            of respirators,

                                                                      sure time limits, or other means?
J If employees will be using oxygen-consuming
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     J Arewith flashand other nearby workers provid-
                     shields during welding opera-
                                                                     J Are employees’ assigned capacities assessed
                                                                       before they are
                                                                                                to jobs requiring
         tions?                                                            heavy work?

     J If forklifts andenclosed areas,are usedcarbon
       ings or other
                        other vehicles
                                       are the
                                               in build-             J Are for lifting heavy objects? the proper man-
                                                                           employees instructed in

         monoxide levels kept below maximum accept-
         able concentration?                                         J Wherebeen provided with have cooling or air
                                                                               heat is a problem,
                                                                                                         all fixed work

     J Hasinthere facilitiesdetermination that noise lev-
       els the
                   been a
                             are within acceptable lev-

         els?                                                        J Are employees screened before ifassignment to
                                                                       areas of high heat to determine their health
     J Are steps beingexcessiveuse engineering con-
       trols to reduce
                        taken to
                                  noise levels?
                                                                           might make them more susceptible to having
                                                                           an adverse reaction?

     J Are proper precautions being taken when han-
       dling asbestos and other fibrous materials?
                                                                     J Are employeesexposed to the hazards of traffic
                                                                       ways who are
                                                                                     working on streets and road-

                                                                           required to wear bright colored (traffic orange)
     J Are cautionsubstances (e.g., asbestos)warn of
                    labels and signs used to
                                                and bio-
                                                                           warning vests?
         hazards (e.g., bloodborne pathogens)?                       J Are exhaustcontaminated air will not be re-so
                                                                       that nearby
                                                                                   stacks and air intakes located

     J Are wet the emission ofwhen practicable, to
               methods used,
                              airborne asbestos
                                                                           circulated within a building or other enclos-
                                                                           ed area?
         fibers, silica dust and similar hazardous mate-
         rials?                                                      J Is equipment producing ultraviolet radiation
                                                                       properly shielded?
     J Are engineering controlsscheduled basis?main-
                                 examined and
       tained or replaced on a                                       J Are universalexposure to blood or other po-
                                                                                     precautions observed where

     J Is vacuuming with appropriate equipment
       used whenever possible rather than blowing
                                                                           tentially infectious materials can occur and in
                                                                           all instances where differentiation of types of
         or sweeping dust?
                                                                           body fluids or potentially infectious materials
     J Are grinders, saws and other machinesindustri-
       produce respirable dusts vented to an
                                              that                         is difficult or impossible?

         al collector or central exhaust system?                         FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS

     J Are all local exhaust ventilationflow and vol-
       signed to provide sufficient air
                                         systems de-
                                                                     J Are combustible scrap, debris and covered
                                                                       materials (oily rags, etc.) stored in
         ume for the application, and are ducts not
                                                                           metal receptacles and promptly removed from
         plugged and belts not slipping?
                                                                           the worksite?
     J Is PPE provided, used and maintained wherev-
       er required?                                                  J Is proper storagespontaneousminimize the risk
                                                                                          practiced to
                                                                       of fire, including               combustion?
     J Are there the selection andoperating proce-
       dures for
                 written standard
                                  use of respirators                 J Are approved containers andand combustible
                                                                                                       tanks used to
                                                                       store and handle flammable
         where needed?
     J   Are restrooms and washrooms kept clean and
         sanitary?                                                   J Are allpiping, vapor on drums and combustible
                                                                       liquid               and liquid tight?
     J Is all water provided for drinking, washing and
       cooking potable?                                              J Are all flammableinliquids(e.g., parts cleaning
                                                                                                   kept in closed con-
                                                                       tainers when not use
     J Are all outlets for water that is not suitable for
       drinking clearly identified?
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J Are bulk drumscontainers during dispensing?
  and bonded to
                   of flammable liquids grounded               J Where sprinkler systemsheadspermanently or
                                                                 installed, are the nozzle
                                                                                               so directed
                                                                      arranged that water will not be sprayed into
J Do storage rooms forexplosion-proof lights
  bustible liquids have
                          flammable and com-
                                                                      operating electrical switchboards and equip-
    and mechanical or gravity ventilation?

J Is liquefiedinpetroleum gas stored, practices
                                      handled                  J Arecombustible liquidsfor dispensingofflammable
                                                                     safety cans used
                                                                                         at the point use?
  and used accordance with safe
    and standards?                                             J Are all spills of flammable or combustible liq-
                                                                 uids cleaned up promptly?
J Are “NO SMOKING” and inpostedwhere flam-
                      signs       on liquefied
  petroleum gas tanks       areas
    mable or combustible materials are used or
                                                               J Are storage tanks adequately vented to pre- or
                                                                 vent the development of excessive vacuum
    stored?                                                           pressure as a result of filling, emptying, or
                                                                      atmosphere temperature changes?
J Areprevent damage fromstorage tanks guarded
      liquefied petroleum
  to                        vehicles?                          J Are storage tanksrelieve excessiveemergency
                                                                 venting that will
                                                                                    equipped with
J Are all solvent wastescovered containers until
  kept in fire-resistant,
                          and flammable liquids
                                                                      pressure caused by fire exposure?
    they are removed from the worksite?                        J Are rulesofenforced in areas involving storage
                                                                 and use hazardous materials?
J Is vacuuming or sweeping combustiblerather
  than blowing
                 used whenever possible
                                                                           HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
J Arecombustibles or flammables that are stack-
       firm separators placed between containers
                                                               J Are employeessafe handling practices for situ-
                                                                                aware of the potential hazards
    ed one upon another to ensure their support                  and trained in
    and stability?                                                    ations involving various chemicals stored or
                                                                      used in the workplace such as acids, bases,
J Are fuel gas cylinders and oxygen cylinders
  separated by distance and fire-resistant barri-
                                                                      caustics, epoxies, phenols, etc.?

    ers while in storage?                                      J Is employeelevels? to chemicals kept within

J Arethe types of materials in theand provided
      fire extinguishers selected
                                   areas where                 J Are eye-wash fountains and safety chemicals
    they are to be used?                                         provided in areas where corrosive
                                                                      are handled?
    Class A - Ordinary combustible material fires.

    Class B - Flammable liquid, gas or grease fires.
                                                               J Are all containers,their contents,storage tanks,
                                                                 etc., labeled as to
                                                                                     such as vats,
                                                                                                    e.g., “CAUS-
    Class C - Energized-electrical equipment fires.

J   Are appropriate fire extinguishers mounted
                                                               J Are all employees required to use personal
                                                                 protective clothing and equipment when han-
    within 75 feet (22.86 meters) of outside areas                    dling chemicals (gloves, eye protection, respi-
    containing flammable liquids and within 10                        rators, etc.)?
    feet (3.048 meters) of any inside storage area
    for such materials?                                        J Are flammable or whenchemicals kept in
                                                                 closed containers
                                                                                          not in use?
J Are extinguishers free from obstructions or
  blockage?                                                    J Aretheir content? systems clearly marked as
                                                                      chemical piping
J Are all extinguishers serviced, maintained and
  tagged at intervals not to exceed one year?                  J Where corrosive liquids are frequently handled
                                                                 in open containers or drawn from storage ves-
J Are all extinguishers fully charged and in their
  designated places?
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         available for neutralizing or disposing of spills or
         overflows and performed properly and safely?                 J Do employees complain aboutordizziness,
                                                                        headaches, nausea, irritation, other factors
     J Are standard being followed when cleaning up
       and are they
                    operating procedures established                          of discomfort when they use solvents or other
         chemical spills?

     J   Are respirators stored in a convenient, clean
                                                                      J Is there a dermatitis problem? Do employees
                                                                        complain about dryness, irritation, or sensitiza-
         and sanitary location, and are they adequate                         tion of the skin?
         for emergencies?

     J   Are employees prohibited from eating in areas
                                                                      J Have you or environmental health specialist
                                                                                  considered having an industrial

         where hazardous chemicals are present?                               evaluate your operation?

     J Is PPE used and maintained whenever neces-
                                                                      J If internal combustion engines are used, is car-
                                                                        bon monoxide kept within acceptable levels?

     J Are there the selection andoperating proce-
       dures for
                 written standard
                                  use of respirators
                                                                      J Is vacuuming used rather possible for cleanup?
                                                                        sweeping dust whenever
                                                                                                   than blowing or

         where needed?

     J If you have a respirator protection the correct
                                                                      J Are materials that give offfumes asphyxiant,
                                                                        suffocating, or anesthetic
                                                                                                           stored in
       are your employees instructed on                                       remote or isolated locations when not in use?
         usage and limitations of the respirators?
         Are the respirators National Institute for                       HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES COMMUNICATION
         Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-
         approved for this particular application?
         Are they regularly inspected, cleaned, sani-
                                                                      J Is there a list of hazardous substancesavailable
                                                                        your workplace and an MSDS readily
                                                                                                                used in

         tized and maintained?                                                for each hazardous substance used?

     J If hazardous substances are used in your pro-
       cesses, do you have a medical or biological
                                                                      J Is there a currentexposureexposure control plan
                                                                        for occupational
                                                                                                   to bloodborne
         monitoring system in operation?                                      pathogens and other potentially infectious
                                                                              materials, where applicable?
     J Arepermissible exposure limits of airborne con-
           you familiar with the threshold limit values
                                                                      J Is there a written hazard communication pro-
         taminants and physical agents used in your                     gram dealing with MSDSs, labeling and
         workplace?                                                           employee training?

     J Have appropriate controlmaterials, including
       instituted for hazardous
                                procedures been                       J Is each container for a hazardousetc.) labeled
                                                                        (i.e., vats, bottles, storage tanks,

         safe handling practices and the use of respira-                      with product identity and a hazard warning
         tors and ventilation systems?                                        (communication of the specific health hazards
                                                                              and physical hazards)?
     J Whenever possible, designed and exhausted
       handled in properly
                           are hazardous substances
                                                                      J Is there substances that includes: for haz-
                                                                                 an employee training program
         booths or similar locations?                                   ardous

     J Do you usesystems to control dusts,exhaust
                   general dilution or local
                                                                          I   an explanation of what an MSDS is and how
                                                                              to use and obtain one;
         gases, fumes, smoke, solvents, or mists that
         may be generated in your workplace?
                                                                          I   MSDS contents for each hazardous substance
                                                                              or class of substances;
     J Is operational ventilation equipment provided
       for removal of contaminants from production                        I   explanation of “A Right to Know”;
         grinding, buffing, spray painting, and/or vapor
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      the written hazard communication program;                      I   information on post-exposure evaluations and
                                                                         follow-up; and
  I   location of physical and health hazards in par-
      ticular work areas and the specific protective                 I   an explanation of signs, labels and color
      measures to be used; and                                           coding.

  I   details of the hazard communication program,
      including how to use the labeling system and
                                                                  J Are employees trained in:
                                                                     I   how to recognize tasks that might result in
                                                                         occupational exposure;

J Does the employee training program on the
  bloodborne pathogens standard contain the
                                                                     I   how to use work practice, engineering con-
                                                                         trols and PPE, and their limitations;
      following elements:
  I   an accessible copy of the standard and an                      I   how to obtain information on the types, selec-
      explanation of its contents;                                       tion, proper use, location, removal, handling,
                                                                         decontamination and disposal of PPE; and
  I   a general explanation of the epidemiology and
      symptoms of bloodborne diseases;                               I   who to contact and what to do in an emer-
  I   an explanation of the modes of transmission
      of Bloodborne Pathogens;                                                           ELECTRICAL
  I   an explanation of the employer’s exposure
      control plan and the means by which employ-                 J Do youfor all contract electrical work? stan-
                                                                             require compliance with OSHA

      ees can obtain a copy of the written plan;

  I   an explanation of the appropriate methods for
                                                                  J Are all employeesor property in connection
                                                                    ous hazard to life
                                                                                        required to report any obvi-

      recognizing tasks and the other activities that                    with electrical equipment or lines as soon as
      may involve exposure to blood and other                            possible?
      potentially infectious materials;

  I   an explanation of the use and limitations of
                                                                  J Are employees instructed to make preliminary
                                                                    inspections and/or appropriate tests to deter-
      methods that will prevent or reduce exposure,                      mine conditions before starting work on elec-
      including appropriate engineering controls,                        trical equipment or lines?
      work practices and PPE;
                                                                  J When electrical equipment or linesare neces-
                                                                    serviced, maintained, or adjusted,
                                                                                                       are to be
  I   information on the types, proper use, location,
                                                                         sary switches opened, locked out or tagged,
      removal, handling, decontamination and dis-
                                                                         whenever possible?
      posal of PPE;

  I   an explanation of the basis for selection of
                                                                  J Are portable electrical toolsinsulated type?
                                                                    grounded or of the double
                                                                                                  and equipment


  I   information on the hepatitis B vaccine;
                                                                  J Are electrical appliances suchmachines, etc.,
                                                                    cleaners, polishers, vending
                                                                                                    as vacuum

  I   information on the appropriate actions to take
      and persons to contact in an emergency in-                  J Do extension cords have a grounding con-
      volving blood or other potentially infectious
                                                                  J Are multiple plug adaptors prohibited?
  I   an explanation of the procedure to follow if an
      exposure incident occurs, including the meth-
                                                                  J Areeach temporary 15 orinterrupters installed
                                                                        ground-fault circuit
                                                                                             20 ampere, 120 volt
      ods of reporting the incident and the medical                      alternating current (AC) circuit at locations
      follow-up that will be made available;                             where construction, demolition, modifications,

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         alterations, or excavations are being per-
         formed?                                                     J Are all electrical raceways and enclosures
                                                                       securely fastened in place?
     J Are all temporary circuits protected by suitable
       disconnecting switches or plug connectors at                  J Are all energized parts of electrical circuits and
         the junction with permanent wiring?                           equipment guarded against accidental contact
                                                                           by approved cabinets or enclosures?
     J   Do you have electrical installations in haz-
         ardous dust or vapor areas? If so, do they                  J Is sufficient access and working space provid-
         meet the National Electrical Code (NEC) for                   ed and maintained around all electrical equip-
         hazardous locations?                                              ment to permit ready and safe operations and
     J Are exposed insulation repairedwithreplacedor
                    wiring and cords
                                                                     J Are all unusedelectrical enclosures and fittings
                                                                                      openings (including conduit
         promptly?                                                     knockouts) in
                                                                           closed with appropriate covers, plugs, or
     J   Are flexible cords and cables free of splices or

     J Areflexible cords or cables at plugs, recepta-
           clamps or other securing means provided
                                                                     J Are electrical enclosures such as switches, re-
                                                                       ceptacles, junction boxes, etc., provided with
       on                                                                  tight-fitting covers or plates?
         cles, tools, equipment, etc., and is the cord
         jacket securely held in place?                              J Are disconnectingofswitches for electrical to
                                                                       motors in excess two horsepower able
     J Are alland secure? and raceway connections
               cord, cable                                                 open the circuit when the motor is stalled
                                                                           without exploding? (Switches must be horse-

     J In wet or damp appropriate forelectrical tools
       and equipment
                        locations, are
                                       the use or loca-
                                                                           power rated equal to or in excess of the motor
         tion or otherwise protected?
                                                                     J Is low voltagemotors driving machines orcon-
                                                                                      protection provided in the

     J Is the location of electrical powerunder and
       cables (overhead, underground,
                                                                       trol device of
                                                                           equipment that could cause injury from inad-
         other side of walls, etc.) determined before                      vertent starting?
         digging, drilling, or similar work is begun?
                                                                     J Is each motor disconnectingof the motor con-
                                                                                                    switch or circuit

     J Aresimilar devices withtapes, ropes, hand-lines
            metal measuring
                                metallic thread woven
                                                                       breaker located within sight
                                                                           trol device?
         into the fabric prohibited where they could
         come in contact with energized parts of equip-
                                                                     J Is eachor is thelocated within sight of its con-
                                                                                        controller disconnecting means
         ment or circuit conductors?                                       able to be locked open or is a separate discon-

     J Is the use of metal ladders prohibited where
       the ladder or the person using the ladder
                                                                           necting means installed in the circuit within
                                                                           sight of the motor?
         could come in contact with energized parts of
         equipment, fixtures, or circuit conductors?
                                                                     J Is thehorsepowerfor each motor or above the
                                                                                         rated equal to
                                                                                                        that exceeds

     J Are all disconnecting switches and circuit                          rating of the motor it serves?
       breakers labeled to indicate their use or equip-
         ment served?
                                                                     J Are employees who regularly work on or lines
                                                                       around energized electrical equipment or

     J Are disconnecting means always opened
       before fuses are replaced?
                                                                           instructed in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

     J Do allfor grounding metal parts of electrical
              interior wiring systems include provi-                 J Areenergized lines or equipmentworking alone
                                                                           employees prohibited from
                                                                                                       over 600
         raceways, equipment and enclosures?                               volts?

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                                                               J In fueling operations,containeralways metal
                                                                                        is there
J   Are there areas in the workplace where contin-
    uous noise levels exceed 85 decibels?
                                                                 contact between the
                                                                                                 and the fuel

J Is there an ongoing preventivelevels ofprogram
  to educate employees in safe
                                                               J Are fueling hoses designed to handle the spe-
                                                                 cific type of fuel?
    exposures, effects of noise on their health and
    the use of personal protection?                            J Are employees prohibited from handling or
                                                                 transferring gasoline in open containers?
J Have work areas where noise levels make dif-
  voice communication between employees                        J Are equipment prohibited nearsparking,or arc-
                                                                      open lights, open flames,          or
                                                                 ing                            fueling
    ficult been identified and posted?                                transfer of fuel operations?
J   Are noise levels measured with a sound level
    meter or an octave band analyzer and are                   J Is smoking prohibited in the vicinity of fueling
    records being kept?

J Have engineeringnoise levels? Wheretoengi-
                   controls been used                          J Areother enclosed areasprohibitednot buildings
                                                                     fueling operations
                                                                                         that are
  reduce excessive                                                    ly ventilated for this purpose?
    neering controls are determined to be infeasi-
    ble, are administrative controls (i.e., worker
    rotation) being used to minimize individual
                                                               J Where fueling or transfer of fuelare done
                                                                 through a gravity flow system,
                                                                                                      the nozzles
    employee exposure to noise?                                       self-closing?

J Is approved hearing protective equipment
  (noise attenuating devices) available to every
                                                                           IDENTIFICATION OF PIPING SYSTEMS

    employee working in noisy areas?
                                                               J When nonpotable water ispostedthrough a

J Have you tried isolating noisy machinery from
  the rest of your operation?
                                                                 facility, are outlets or taps       to alert
                                                                      employees that the water is unsafe and not to
                                                                      be used for drinking, washing, or other per-
J If you use and protectors,in their use? prop-
  erly fitted
                              are employees                           sonal use?

J Are employees intestingnoise areas that you
                      high             given peri-             J When hazardous substances are transported
                                                                 through above-ground piping, is each pipeline
  odic audiometric           to ensure                                identified at points where confusion could
    have an effective hearing protection system?                      introduce hazards to employees?

                     FUELING                                   J When pipelines are the bandsby color painted
                                                                 bands or tapes,
                                                                                 are identified
                                                                                                or tapes located
J Are employees prohibited from fueling an
  internal combustion engine with a flammable
                                                                      at reasonable intervals and at each outlet,
                                                                      valve, or connection, and are all visible parts
    liquid while the engine is running?                               of the line so identified?

J Are fueling operations performed to minimize
                                                               J Whencode posted atidentified by color, isconfu-
                                                                       pipelines are
                                                                                     all locations where

                                                                      sion could introduce hazards to employees?
J When is the spilled fuel washed awayopera-
         spillage occurs during fueling
  tions,                                com-
    pletely, evaporated, or are other measures
                                                               J When theor name abbreviation,arethe informa-
                                                                 by name
                                                                          contents of pipelines

    taken to control vapors before restarting the                     tion readily visible on the pipe near each valve
    engine?                                                           or outlet?

J Are fuel the engine? and secured before
           tank caps replaced                                  J When pipelines carrying hazardousconstructed
                                                                 are identified by tags, are the tags

                                                                      of durable materials, the message printed

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         clearly and permanently, and are tags installed
         at each valve or outlet?                                     J Are securing chains, ropes, chockers, or slings
                                                                        adequate for the job?
     J When pipelines external source, are suitable
       steam, or other
                       are heated by electricity,
                                                                      J Are provisions made to ensureor equipment?
                                                                                                       that no one is
         warning signs or tags placed at unions, valves,                below when hoisting material
         or other serviceable parts of the system?
                                                                      J Are MSDSssubstances? employees handling
                                                                                    available to

                   MATERIALS HANDLING
                                                                          TRANSPORTING EMPLOYEES AND MATERIALS
     J Is there safe clearance for equipment through
       aisles and doorways?
                                                                      J Do employees have operate vehicleslicenses?
                                                                                          valid operator’s
                                                                                                             on public

     J Are aisleways unhindered passage? and kept
                       permanently marked
       clear to allow
                                                                      J When sevenin amore bus, or truck, is regularly
                                                                                            employees are
                                                                                                             the oper-
     J Are motorized vehicles and mechanized equip-
       ment inspected daily or prior to use?                                ator’s license appropriate for the class of vehi-
                                                                            cle being driven and are there enough seats?
     J Are vehicles shut off and brakes set prior to
       loading or unloading?                                          J Are vehicles used to transporthorns, mirrors,
                                                                        equipped with lamps, brakes,
     J Are containersstacked while being moved,
       mables, when
                        of liquid combustibles or flam-                     windshields and turn signals, and are they in
                                                                            good repair?
         always protected by dunnage (packing materi-
         al) sufficient to provide stability?                         J Are transport vehicles provided with handrails,
                                                                        steps, stirrups, or similar devices, placed and
     J Are dockorboards (bridge plates) usedtaking
       loading    unloading operations are
                                             when                           arranged to allow employees to safely mount
                                                                            or dismount?
         place between vehicles and docks?

     J   Are trucks and trailers secured from move-
                                                                      J Aretimes with at least two reflective-type at
                                                                             employee transport vehicles equipped

         ment during loading and unloading opera-                           flares?

     J   Are dock plates and loading ramps construct-
                                                                      J Is a fully charged fire extinguisher, in main-
                                                                        condition, with at least a 4 B:C rating

         ed and maintained with sufficient strength to                      tained in each employee transport vehicle?
         support imposed loading?

     J   Are hand trucks maintained in safe operating
                                                                      J When cutting passenger compartmentsedges
                                                                        are carried in
                                                                                       tools or tools with sharp
         condition?                                                         employee transport vehicles, are they placed

     J Are chutes equipped with sideboardsbeing
       cient height to prevent the materials
                                             of suffi-                      in closed boxes or containers that are secured
                                                                            in place?
         handled from falling off?
                                                                      J Areany load thatprohibited from riding other-
                                                                            employees                            on top

     J Are chutessecured to prevent sections firmly
       placed or
                   and gravity roller
                                                                        of               could shift, topple, or
                                                                            wise become unstable?

     J Arethe handled materialsbrake the movementof
            provisions made to
                                 at the delivery end
                                                                               CONTROL OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES
                                                                                       BY VENTILATION
         rollers or chutes?

     J Are palletsmoved? inspected before being
                   usually                                            J Is the volume sufficient to gatherin each ex-
                                                                        haust system
                                                                                      and velocity of air
                                                                                                           the dusts,
       loaded or
                                                                            fumes, mists, vapors, or gases to be controll-
     J Are safety latches and othermaterialsbeing
       used to prevent slippage of
                                             off of
                                                                            ed, and to convey them to a suitable point of
         hoisting hooks?

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J Are exhaust inlets, ductssupported to prevent
  signed, constructed and
                            and plenums de-                      J When clothing intoare requiredclothing, is from
                                                                                                  to change
    collapse or failure of any part of the system?                     clean change room with a separate storage
                                                                       facility for street and protective clothing pro-
J Are clean-out ports12 feet (3.6576 meters)inter-
  vals not to exceed
                      or doors provided at
                                              in all
    horizontal runs of exhaust ducts?                            J Are employees required to shower aand wash
                                                                   their hair as soon as possible after known
J Wherecontrolled through the operations are
        two or more different
                              same exhaust
                                                                       contact with a carcinogen has occurred?
    system, could the combination of substances
    involved create a fire, explosion, or chemical
                                                                 J Wheninto or removed from aorcarcinogen-reg-
                                                                         equipment, materials,  other items are

    reaction hazard in the duct?                                       ulated area, is it done in a manner that will not
                                                                       contaminate non-regulated areas or the exter-
J Is adequate makeup air provided to areas
  where exhaust systems are operating?
                                                                       nal environment?

J Is theonly clean, fresh air, free ofair located so
         source point for makeup
                                                                                      TIRE INFLATION

    will enter the work environment?                             J Where tires are mounted and/or inflated on
                                                                   drop center wheels or on wheels with split
J Where two orismore ventilationsuch that serve
  a work area, their operation
                                                                       rims and/or retainer rings, is a safe practice
                                                                       procedure posted and enforced?
    will not offset the functions of the other?

                                                                 J Does each tireleast 2.54 hose have a clip-on
                                                                   chuck with at
                                                                                            inches (6.45 centime-
                                                                       ters) of hose between the chuck and an in-line
J   Is required personal protective clothing or
    equipment able to be cleaned and disinfected
                                                                       hand valve and gauge?

    easily?                                                      J Doesshuttire inflation control valve valve is
                                                                             off the air flow when the

J Are employees prohibited fromequipment,
  personal protective clothing or
                                  interchanging                        released?

    unless it has been properly cleaned?                         J Is aotherrestrainingmeans used while cage, rack,
                                                                                        device such as a
J Are machines and equipment that process,
  handle, or apply materials that could injure
                                                                       tires mounted on split rims or rims using
                                                                       retainer rings?
    employees cleaned and/or decontaminated
    before being overhauled or placed in storage?                J Are employees prohibited afrom while it is
                                                                   directly over or in front of tire

J Are employees prohibitedcontaminants are
  eating in any area where
                           from smoking or                             being inflated?

    present that could be injurious if ingested?

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     OSHA Assistance                                                  needs and set up a visit date based on the priority
                                                                      assigned to your request, your work schedule and
     OSHA’S OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE                       the time needed for the consultant to prepare ade-
         OSHA created the Office of Small Business                    quately to serve you. OSHA encourages a com-
     Assistance to help small business employers                      plete review of your firm’s safety and health situa-
     understand their safety and health obligations,                  tion; however, if you wish, you may limit the visit
     access compliance information, provide guidance                  to one or more specific problems.
     in regulatory standards, and to educate them about                   Opening Conference. When the consultant
     cost-effective means for ensuring the safety and                 arrives at your worksite for the scheduled visit, he
     health of worksites.                                             or she will first meet with you in an opening con-
         OSHA’s Office of Small Business Assistance can               ference to briefly review the consultant’s role and
     be contacted by telephone at (202) 693-2220 or by                the obligations you incur as an employer.
     writing to the U.S. Department of Labor, 200                         Walk-through. Together, you and the consultant
     Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-3700,                            will examine conditions in your workplace. OSHA
     Washington, DC 20210.                                            strongly encourages maximum employee partici-
                                                                      pation in the walk-through. Better informed and
                   ON-SITE CONSULTATION                               alert employees can help you identify and correct
          Using the free and confidential on-site consulta-           potential injury and illness hazards in your work-
     tion service largely funded by the Federal OSHA,                 place. Talking with employees during the walk-
     employers can find out about potential hazards at                through helps the consultant identify and judge the
     their worksites, improve their occupational safety               nature and extent of specific hazards.
     and health management systems, and even qualify                      The consultant will study your entire workplace,
     for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA in-                   or only those specific operations you designate,
     spections.                                                       and discuss applicable OSHA standards. The con-
          The service is delivered at your workplace by               sultant also will point out other safety or health
     state governments using well-trained professional                risks which might not be cited under OSHA stan-
     staff. Most consultations take place on-site, though             dards, but which nevertheless may pose safety or
     limited services away from the worksite are avail-               health risks to your employees. He or she may
     able.                                                            suggest and even provide measures such as self-
          Primarily targeted for smaller businesses, this             inspection and safety and health training that you
     safety and health Consultation Program is com-                   and your employees can apply to prevent future
     pletely separate from OSHA’s enforcement efforts.                hazardous situations.
     It is also confidential. No inspections are triggered                A comprehensive consultation also includes: (1)
     by using the Consultation Program and no citations               appraisal of all mechanical and environmental haz-
     are issued or penalties proposed.                                ards and physical work practices; (2) appraisal of
          Your name, your firm’s name and any informa-                the present job safety and health program or help
     tion you provide about your workplace, plus any                  in establishing one; (3) a conference with manage-
     unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the                ment on findings; (4) a written report of recom-
     consultant uncovers, will not routinely be reported              mendations and agreements; and (5) training and
     to the OSHA enforcement staff.                                   assistance with implementing recommendations.
          Your only obligation will be to commit to cor-                  Closing Conference. The consultant will then
     recting serious job safety and health hazards dis-               review detailed findings with you in a closing con-
     covered -- a commitment that you are expected to                 ference. You will learn not only what you need to
     make prior to the actual consultation visit. If haz-             improve but what you are doing right, as well. At
     ards are discovered, the consultant will work with               that time you can discuss problems, possible solu-
     you to ensure they are corrected in a reasonable                 tions and abatement periods to eliminate or control
     timeframe agreed upon by all parties.                            any serious hazards identified during the walk-through.
          Getting Started. Since consultation is a volun-                 In rare instances, the consultant may find an
     tary activity, you must request it. Your telephone               “imminent danger” situation during the walk-
     call or letter sets the consulting machinery in                  through. In that case, you must take immediate
     motion. The consultant will discuss your specific                action to protect employees. In certain other situa-

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tions–those that would be judged a “serious viola-               that may introduce new hazards. Employers who
tion” under OSHA criteria–you and the consultant                 meet these specific SHARP requirements may be
must develop and agree to a reasonable plan and                  removed from OSHA’s programmed inspection list
schedule to eliminate or control that hazard. The                for one year.
consultant will offer general approaches and op-
tions to you. He or she may also suggest other                       The on-site consultants will:
sources for technical help.
    Abatement and Follow-through. Following the                      I   help you recognize hazards in your workplace,
closing conference, the consultant will send you a
detailed written report explaining the findings and                  I   suggest general approaches or options for
confirming any abatement periods agreed upon.                            solving a safety or health problem,
The consultant may also contact you from time to                     I   identify kinds of help available if you need fur-
time to check your progress. You, of course, may
                                                                         ther assistance,
always contact him or her for assistance.
    Ultimately, OSHA does require hazard abate-                      I   provide you with a written report summarizing
ment so that each consultation visit achieves its                        findings,
objective–effective employee protection. If you fail
to eliminate or control identified serious hazards                   I   assist you in developing or maintaining an
(or an imminent danger) according to the plan and                        effective safety and health program,
within the limits agreed upon or an agreed-upon
extension, the situation must be referred from con-
                                                                     I   provide training and education for you and
sultation to an OSHA enforcement office for appro-                       your employees,
priate action. This type of referral is extremely rare.              I   recommend you for a one-year exclusion from
    Benefits. Knowledge of your workplace hazards                        OSHA programmed inspections, once pro-
and ways to eliminate them can only improve your                         gram criteria are met.
own operations–and the management of your firm.
You will get professional advice and assistance on                   The on-site consultants will not:
the correction of workplace hazards and benefit
from on-site training and assistance provided. The                   I   issue citations or propose penalties for viola-
consultant can help you establish or strengthen an                       tions of OSHA standards,
employee safety and health program, making safe-
ty and health activities routine rather than crisis-                 I   report possible violations to OSHA enforce-
oriented responses.                                                      ment staff,

                                                                     I   guarantee that your workplace will “pass” an
    In many states, employers may participate in
                                                                         OSHA inspection.
OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement
Recognition Program (SHARP). This program is                        For a list of consultation projects in each state,
designed to provide incentives and support to                    see the OSHA website at
smaller, high-hazard employers to develop, imple-                smallbusiness/consult_directory.html.
ment and continuously improve effective safety
and health programs at their worksite(s). SHARP                              OTHER COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS
provides recognition of employers who have                          Information about OSHA’s different cooperative
demonstrated exemplary achievements in work-                     programs is available from any OSHA Regional
place safety and health, beginning with a compre-                Office, OSHA Area Office, or by contacting OSHA’s
hensive safety and health consultation visit, correc-            Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at
tion of all workplace safety and health hazards,                 the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety
adoption and implementation of effective safety                  and Health Administration, 200 Constitution
and health management systems, and agreement                     Avenue, NW, Room N-3700, Washington, DC
to request further consultative visits if major                  20210, phone (202) 693-2200.
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         VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS (VPP)                         These state plans operate under authority of state
         OSHA’s VPP provide an opportunity for labor,                law and are required to be, in structure and per-
     management and government to work together                      formance, “at least as effective as” the Federal
     cooperatively to further the goal of providing effec-           OSHA Program. Although many states have
     tive safety and health protection in the workplace.             adopted standards and procedures identical to
     The VPP grant recognition to worksites that provide             Federal standards, states may have different or
     or are committed to providing effective protection              additional requirements parallel to those described
     for their employees through implementation of                   in the Federal program.
     systematically managed safety and health pro-                       To determine which set of standards and regula-
     grams. The Star Program is for worksites that have              tions apply to you, you need to know whether you
     at least one year’s experience with an effectively              are covered by a state plan or subject to Federal
     implemented safety and health program. The                      OSHA. Please visit
     Merit Program is for worksites working toward an                /index.html, call the OSHA Area Office nearest you,
     effectively implemented program. The Star                       or (800) 321-OSHA to obtain this information.
     Demonstration Program is for worksites with pro-                    If you are subject to state enforcement, the
     grams at Star quality but with some aspect of their             OSHA Area Office will refer you to your state office
     program that requires further study by OSHA. All                which can provide all relevant information, such as
     participants work in partnership with OSHA and                  whether the state is using the Federal standards,
     provide models for OSHA and for their industries.               information on the poster and recordkeeping
                                                                     requirements, and special services available to
     OSHA STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (OSPP)                       small businesses. The state office also can provide
        OSPP is designed to enable groups of employ-                 you with further assistance, including directing you
     ers, employees and employee representatives to                  to the free, on-site consultation services described
     partner with OSHA and enter into an extended, vol-              above.
     untary, cooperative relationship in order to encour-                See the list of OSHA-approved state plans at
     age, assist and recognize efforts to eliminate seri-  
     ous hazards and achieve a high level of worker
     safety and health.                                              OSHA Publications
                                                                     A single free copy of the following materials can be
                 OSHA ALLIANCE PROGRAM                               obtained from the OSHA Area or Regional Office,
         Alliances are goal-oriented written agreements              or contact the OSHA Publications Office, U.S.
     between OSHA and organizations to work together                 Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
     to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Organ-             NW, N-3101, Washington, DC 20210, or call (202)
     izations include employers, employees, labor unions,            693-1888, or fax (202) 693-2498.
     trade or professional groups, educational institu-
                                                                     Access to Medical and Exposure Records –
     tions and government agencies. Alliances focus on
                                                                     OSHA 3110
     one or more of the following goals: training and
     education, outreach and communications, and pro-                All About OSHA – OSHA 3302
     moting the national dialogue on occupational safe-
                                                                     Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry –
     ty and health.
                                                                     OSHA 3096

     States with Approved Plans                                      Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) –
         The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970              OSHA 3120
     encourages states to develop and operate their                  Employee Workplace Rights – OSHA 3021
     own job safety and health programs. OSHA
     approves and monitors state plans and provides up               Employer Rights and Responsibilities Following
     to 50 percent of an approved plan’s operating costs.            an OSHA Inspection – OSHA 3000
         Twenty-four states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin              (Spanish version 3195)
     Islands currently operate approved state plans.                 Hand and Power Tools – OSHA 3080

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How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and                          For further information on any OSHA program,
Evacuations – OSHA 3088                                         contact your nearest OSHA Area or Regional Office
                                                                or call (800) 321-OSHA.
Job Safety and Health Protection Poster –
OSHA 3165
                                                                Other Sources of Assistance
Job Hazard Analysis – OSHA 3071
                                                                            VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS
Model Plans & Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne
                                                                            PARTICIPANTS’ ASSOCIATION (VPPPA)
Pathogens and Hazard Communications Standards
                                                                    The VPPPA is a private organization made up of
– OSHA 3186
                                                                VPP participant companies. The VPPPA has mem-
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act –                      bers in most states where the Federal OSHA pro-
OSHA 2001                                                       gram operates and in many states where state
Personal Protective Equipment – OSHA 3151                       plans are in force. The VPPPA is willing to provide
                                                                information, outreach, and mentoring to help work-
Servicing Single-Piece and Multi-Piece Rim Wheels –             sites improve their safety and health programs.
OSHA 3086                                                       Chapters of the national association have been
    The following publications are available from               formed in most OSHA regions. Members of these
the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO),                      chapters also are willing to provide the kind of
Superintendent of Documents, Washington, DC                     assistance provided by the national organization.
20402, phone toll-free (866) 512-1800, fax (202) 512-           To contact your regional chapter of the VPPPA, call
2250. Include GPO Order Number and make                         or write the OSHA Regional Office listed in the back
checks payable to Superintendent of Documents.                  of this publication for the address and telephone
All prices are subject to change by GPO.                        number of the chapter in your region. To contact
                                                                the VPPPA national organization, please call (703)
Hazard Communication: A Compliance Kit –                        761-1146 or write to the following address:
OSHA 3111
Order No. 029-016-00200-6. Cost: $21.00                         Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’
Construction Industry Digest – OSHA 2202                        Association
Order No. 029-016-00212-0. Cost: $8.00                          7600 East Leesburg Pike, Suite 440
                                                                Falls Church, VA 22043
Materials Handling and Storing – OSHA 2236                      (703) 761-1146
Order No. 029-016-00215-4. Cost: $3.75
Internet—There is an enormous amount of compli-                       SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
ance assistance information on OSHA’s website                      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
that can be useful to the small business owner,                 administers the Small Business Development
found at                   Center Program to provide management and tech-
assistance/index.html. OSHA standards, interpreta-              nical assistance to current and prospective small
tions, directives and additional information are                business owners. There is a Small Business
also available at and                      Development Center (SBDC) in every state, the                                       District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa,
                                                                and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with more than 1,000
CD-ROM—A wide variety of OSHA materials,                        service centers across the country. SBDC assis-
including standards, interpretations, directives, and           tance is tailored to the local community and the
more, can be purchased on CD-ROM from the U.S.                  needs of individual clients and designed to deliver
Government Printing Office, Superintendent of                   up-to-date counseling, training, and technical assis-
Documents, phone toll-free (866) 512-1800.                      tance. Services could include helping small busi-
Emergencies—For life-threatening situations, call               nesses with financial, marketing, production,
(800) 321-OSHA. Your call will be directed to the               organization, engineering, and technical problems.
nearest OSHA Area or state office for help.

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              SAFETY AND HEALTH (NIOSH)                                               LOCAL CHAPTERS
         NIOSH is a research agency in the U.S.                        The National Safety Council (NSC) has a broad
     Department of Health and Human Services. (OSHA                 range of information services available. If you
     is a regulatory agency in the U.S. Department of               have a local chapter of the NSC in your area, you
     Labor). NIOSH conducts research and makes rec-                 can call or visit to see how you can use materials
     ommendations to prevent work-related illness and               pertaining to your business. If there is no chapter
     injury. NIOSH has produced a useful guide, Safety              nearby, you can write to:
     and Health Resource Guide for Small Businesses,
     with telephone numbers, e-mail and Internet ad-                National Safety Council
     dresses, and mailing information to enable small               1121 Spring Lake Drive
     businesses to contact government agencies, pri-                Itasca, IL 60143-3201
     vate organizations, consultants, and others who
     can help with occupational safety and health is-                            PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
     sues. The NIOSH toll-free phone number is (800)                   The following professional associations are an
     356-4674, and its website address is www.cdc.                  additional resource that may be able to provide
     gov/niosh.                                                     assistance to you:

         WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CARRIERS AND                         American Society of Safety Engineers
            OTHER INSURANCE COMPANIES                               1800 East Oakton Street
        Many workers’ compensation carriers, as well                Des Plaines, IL 60018-2187
     as many liability and fire insurance companies,
     conduct periodic inspections and visits to evaluate            American Industrial Hygiene Association
     safety and health hazards. Managers of small and               2700 Prosperity Avenue
     medium-sized businesses need to know what serv-                Suite 250
     ices are available from these sources. Contact your            Fairfax, VA 22031-4319
     carrier and see what it has to offer.
                                                                    American Conference of Governmental
       TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND EMPLOYER GROUPS                       Industrial Hygienists
         Because of the increase in job safety and health           1330 Kemper Meadow Drive
     awareness resulting from OSHA activities, many                 Cincinnati, OH 45240
     trade associations and employer groups have put a
     new emphasis on safety and health matters to bet-                         SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONSULTATION
     ter serve their members. If you are a member of                    Talk to your local doctors or clinics for advice on
     such a group, find out how it is assisting its mem-            workplace medical matters on a consulting basis.
     bers. If you are not a member, find out if these               Contact your local Red Cross chapter for assistance
     groups are circulating their materials to nonmem-              in first-aid training. If you cannot identify a local
     bers, as many do.                                              chapter, call (800) 667-2968 or write to:

          TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYEE GROUPS                          American National Red Cross
        If your employees are organized, set up some                National Headquarters
     communications, as you do in normal labor rela-                Safety Programs
     tions, to get coordinated action on hazards in your            2025 E Street, NW
     business. Safety and health is one area where                  Washington, DC 20006
     advance planning will produce action on common
     goals. Many trade unions have safety and health                                   YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
     expertise that they are willing to share.                        Many local or university libraries contain infor-
                                                                    mation on specific safety and health subjects per-

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taining to your business. These materials are usu-                 Interest rate information on SBA loans may be
ally in reference rooms or technical subject areas.             obtained from any SBA office. They fluctuate but
Ask your librarian what is available. The library               are generally lower than you can obtain elsewhere.
may be able to obtain materials for you through                 You may wish to consult your own bank. It pays to
inter-library loan, purchase, etc.                              shop around for loans.
    Two basic publications of the National Safety                  Don’t forget to check with your accountant at
Council will give you many sources of technical                 income tax time, since safety and health improve-
information. The Accident Prevention Manual for                 ments can often be expensed or depreciated.
Industrial Operations is a basic reference book
for all safety and health work. The second book,                            ADDITIONAL WEB PAGES OF INTEREST
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, contains excel-                               TO SMALL BUSINESSES
lent information on toxic materials and recom-                     (Internet websites change frequently; these list-
mended health and hygiene practices. Both of                    ings may not be current.)
these references list other sources at the end of
each chapter that may help you in solving specific    
problems.                                                       A website for all agencies of the Federal govern-
    The SBA is authorized to make loans to assist     
small businesses with meeting OSHA standards.                   The U.S. Small Business Administration’s home
Because SBA’s definition of a “small” business                  page.
varies from industry to industry, contact your local
SBA field office to determine whether you qualify.    
    A helpful hint: if you decide to apply for an SBA           Legal and regulatory information for small busi-
loan, experience indicates that most delays in pro-             nesses by state.
cessing SBA/OSHA loans are because applications
(1) do not adequately describe each workplace con-    
dition to be corrected and identify one or more                 A site to enable small business owners to find all
OSHA standards applicable to the condition to be                Federal regulations that are open for comment, to
corrected, or (2) do not provide a reasonable esti-             read them and to submit their views.
mate of the cost to correct each condition.
    In most cases, safety hazards can be corrected    
without financial assistance. Health hazards may                For help with understanding environmental regula-
be more costly to correct. The age and condition                tions that relate to the operation of your business.
of the building and equipment are major factors to
be considered.                                        
                                                                This Internal Revenue Service website offers indus-
                                                                try- and profession-specific tax information and

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     Major Action Steps to be Taken                                Priority                 Projected    Actual
                                                                   (Assign each             Completion   Completion
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Description of Action to be Taken:

Specific Steps Required                                           Persons        Projected  Problems/   Actual
                                                                  Assigned       Completion Delays      Completion
                                                                                 Date       Encountered Date






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48   Appendix B: Model Policy Statements
     The following statements provide examples that                  “Our safety and health program will include:
     can be used or modified by employers to help pre-
     vent employee injury and illness.                                   I   Providing mechanical and physical safeguards
                                                                             to the maximum extent possible.
     “The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
     clearly states our common goal of safe and health-                  I   A program of safety and health inspections to
     ful working conditions. The safety and health of                        identify and eliminate unsafe working condi-
     our employees continues to be the first considera-                      tions or practices, to control health hazards,
     tion in the operation of this business. ”                               and to comply fully with the safety and health
                                                                             standards for every job.
     “Safety and health in our business must be a part
     of every operation. Without question it is every                    I   Training all employees in good safety and
     employee’s responsibility at all levels. ”                              health practices.

     “It is the intent of this company to comply with all                I   Providing necessary personal protective
     laws. To do this we must constantly be aware of                         equipment and instructions for its use and
     conditions in all work areas that can produce in-                       care.
     juries. No employee is required to work at a job he
     or she knows is not safe or healthful. Your cooper-                 I   Developing and enforcing safety and health
     ation in detecting hazards and, in turn, controlling                    rules and requiring that employees cooperate
     them is a condition of your employment. Inform                          with these rules as a condition of employ-
     your supervisor immediately of any situation                            ment.
     beyond your ability or authority to correct. ”
                                                                         I   Investigating, promptly and thoroughly, every
     “The personal safety and health of each employee                        accident to find out what caused it and to cor-
     of this company is of primary importance. The                           rect the problem so that it won’t happen again.
     prevention of occupationally-induced injuries and
     illnesses is of such consequence that it will be                    I   Setting up a system of recognition and
     given precedence over operating productivity                            awards for outstanding safety service or per-
     whenever necessary. To the greatest degree possi-                       formance. ”
     ble, management will provide all mechanical and
     physical facilities required for personal safety and            “We recognize that the responsibilities for safety
     health in keeping with the highest standards. ”                 and health are shared:

     “We will maintain a safety and health program con-                  I   The employer accepts responsibility for lead-
     forming to the best practices of organizations of                       ership of the safety and health program, for its
     this type. To be successful, such a program must                        effectiveness and improvement, and for pro-
     embody the proper attitudes toward injury and ill-                      viding safe conditions.
     ness prevention on the part of supervisors and
     employees. It also requires cooperation in all safe-                I   Supervisors are responsible for developing
     ty and health matters, not only between supervisor                      the proper attitudes toward safety and health
     and employee, but also between each employee                            in themselves and in those they supervise,
     and his or her co-workers. Only through such a                          and for ensuring that all operations are per-
     cooperative effort can a safety program in the best                     formed with the utmost regard for the safety
     interest of all be established and preserved. ”                         and health of all personnel involved, including
     “Our objective is a safety and health program that
     will reduce the number of injuries and illnesses to                 I   Employees are responsible for compliance
     an absolute minimum, not merely in keeping with,                        with all rules and regulations and for continu-
     but surpassing, the best experience of operations                       ously practicing safety while performing their
     similar to ours. Our goal is zero accidents and in-                     duties. ”
     juries. ”

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Appendix C: Codes of Safe Practices                                                                                          49

This is a suggested code. It is general in nature                lines in a manner not within the scope of their
and includes many types of small business activi-                duties, unless they have received instructions from
ties. It is intended only as a model that you can                their supervisor/employer.
customize to describe your own work environment.
                                                                 10. All injuries shall be reported promptly to the
                                                                 supervisor/employer so that arrangements can be
General Policy
                                                                 made for medical and/or first-aid treatment. First-
1. All employees of this firm shall follow these safe            aid materials are located in ____________; emer-
practice rules, render every possible aid to safe                gency, fire, ambulance, rescue squad, and doctors’
operations, and report all unsafe conditions or                  telephone numbers are located ___________; and
practices to the supervisor/employer.                            fire extinguishers are located at ___________.
2. Supervisors shall insist that employees observe
                                                                 Suggested Safety Rules
and obey every rule, regulation, and order neces-
sary to the safe conduct of the work and take such                   I   Do not throw material, tools, or other objects
action necessary to obtain compliance.                                   from heights (whether structures or buildings)
                                                                         until proper precautions are taken to protect
3. All employees shall be given frequent accident
                                                                         others from the falling object hazard.
prevention instructions. Instructions, practice drills,
and articles concerning workplace safety and                         I   Wash thoroughly after handling injurious or
health shall be given at least once every _____                          poisonous substances.
working days.                                                        I   Gasoline shall not be used for cleaning purposes.
4. Anyone known to be under the influence of alco-                   I   When using a ladder, always face the steps
hol and/or drugs shall not be allowed on the job
                                                                         and use both hands while climbing.
while in that condition. Persons with symptoms of
alcohol and/or drug abuse are encouraged to dis-
                                                                 Use of Tools and Equipment
cuss personal or work-related problems with the
supervisor/employer.                                                 I   Keep faces of hammers in good condition to
                                                                         avoid flying nails and bruised fingers.
5. No one shall knowingly be permitted or required
to work while his or her ability or alertness is im-                 I   Files shall be equipped with handles; never
paired by fatigue, illness, or other causes that                         use a file as a punch or pry.
might expose the individual or others to injury.                     I   Do not use a screwdriver as a chisel.
6. Employees should be alert to see that all guards                  I   Do not lift or lower portable electric tools by
and other protective devices are in proper places
                                                                         the power cords; use a rope.
and adjusted, and they shall report deficiencies.
Approved protective equipment shall be worn in                       I   Do not leave the cords of tools where cars or
specified work areas.                                                    trucks will run over them.

7. Horseplay, scuffling, and other acts that tend to
                                                                 Machinery and Vehicles
endanger the safety or well-being of employees are
prohibited.                                                          I   Do not attempt to operate machinery or
                                                                         equipment without special permission unless
8. Work shall be well planned and supervised to
                                                                         it is part of your regular duties.
prevent injuries when working with equipment and
handling heavy materials. When lifting heavy                         I   Loose or frayed clothing, dangling ties, finger
objects, employees should bend their knees and                           rings, etc., must not be worn around moving
use the large muscles of the legs instead of the                         machinery or other places where they can get
smaller muscles of the back. Back injuries are the                       caught.
most frequent and often the most persistent and                      I   Machinery shall not be repaired or adjusted
painful type of workplace injury.                                        while in operation.
9. Workers shall not handle or tamper with any
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50   Appendix D: OSHA Job Safety and Health Standards,
                 Regulations and Requirements
     OSHA has four separate sets of standards: General              knows that the standard does not adequately
     Industry (29 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR]                 address the hazard.
     1910), Construction (29 CFR 1926), Maritime
     Employment (29 CFR 1915-1919), and Agriculture                 General Industry, Maritime, and Construction
     (29 CFR 1928). OSHA has regulations on posting                 OSHA standards are available at
     and other administrative matters in 29 CFR 1903
     and on recording and reporting of injuries and ill-            After you have obtained a copy of the current stan-
     nesses in 29 CFR 1904.                                         dards, identify those that apply to your business by
                                                                    a process of elimination. Read the introduction to
     The OSH Act also has a general duty clause, sec-               the subpart heading, and then analyze the possible
     tion 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1), which provides              hazards in terms of your workplace, your equip-
     that:                                                          ment, your materials and of your employees. For
                                                                    example, if you are engaged in retail trade or serv-
     (a) Each employer – –                                          ice and you do not have compressed gases, flam-
                                                                    mables, or explosives on your premises, you can
     (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employ-             eliminate Hazardous Materials (Subpart H) as not
     ment and a place of employment which are free                  applying to your business.
     from recognized hazards that are causing or are
     likely to cause death or serious physical harm to              If you have any questions in determining whether a
     his employees.                                                 standard is applicable to your workplace, you may
                                                                    contact the nearest OSHA Area Office for assis-
     A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the              tance. Staff there should be able to answer any
     employer’s industry or industry in general, by the             questions you may have about standards and pro-
     employer, or by common sense. The general duty                 vide general guidelines on methods of implemen-
     clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard             tation in your workplace. Small businesses are
     dealing with the hazard, unless the employer                   encouraged to participate in the development of

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Appendix E: Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA)                                       51

In 1996, Congress passed the Small Business                      an electronic comment/complaint with the SBA
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, or SBREFA,                  Ombudsman over the Internet at:
in response to concerns expressed by the small         
business community that Federal regulations were                 mentform1.html
too numerous, too complex and too expensive to                   Or you may contact the SBA's Office of the
implement. SBREFA was designed to give small                     National Ombudsman by:
businesses assistance in understanding and com-
plying with regulations and more of a voice in the                   I   Toll-Free Phone: (888) REG-FAIR (734-3247)
development of new regulations. Under SBREFA,
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration                    I   Fax: (202) 481-5719
(OSHA) and other Federal agencies must:                              I   E-mail:
  I   Produce Small Entity Compliance Guides for                     I   Mail: Office of the National Ombudsman
      some rules;                                                        U.S. Small Business Administration
                                                                         409 3rd Street, S.W., MC2120
  I   Be responsive to small business inquiries
                                                                         Washington, DC 20416-0005
      about compliance with the agency’s regula-
      tions;                                                     To view the SBREFA Act in its entirety, please
                                                                 visit the following web link:
  I   Submit final rules to Congress for review;
  I   Have a penalty reduction policy for small busi-
      nesses; and                                                For more information on SBREFA the following
                                                                 web links may prove helpful:
  I   Involve small businesses in the development      
      of some proposed rules through Small             
      Business Advocacy Review Panels.                 
Commenting on Enforcement Actions                      

Under a law passed by Congress in 1996, the Small                NOTE: Filing a complaint with the SBA
Business Administration (SBA) has established an                 Ombudsman does not affect any obligation that
SBA Ombudsman and SBA Regional Fairness                          you may have to comply with an OSHA citation or
Boards to investigate small business complaints                  other enforcement action. Nor does it mean that
about Federal agency enforcement actions.                        you need not take other available legal steps to
If you are a small business and believe that you                 protect your interests.
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     (lL, IN,* MI,* MN,* OH, WI)                                     as, the Federal OSHA standards.
     230 South Dearborn Street                                          Note: To get contact information for OSHA Area
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     Region VII                                                      oshdir.html or by contacting:
     (IA,* KS, MO, NE)
     Two Pershing Square                                             U.S. Department of Labor
     2300 Main Street, Suite 1010                                    Occupational Safety and Health Administration
     Kansas City, MO 64108-2416                                      Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
     (816) 283-8745                                                  Office of Small Business Assistance
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OSHA’s Non-Retaliation Policy

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has a long-established policy that informa-
tion inquiries received by the agency regarding
safety and health regulations or other safety-related
subjects shall not trigger an inspection. This policy
is outlined in OSHA Instruction CPL 02-00-103 (CPL
2.103), Field Inspection Reference Manual, Section 5
- Chapter I, B.4.b. The exact wording is:

Employer Contacts. Contacts for information initiat-
ed by employers or their representatives shall not
trigger an inspection, nor shall such employer
inquiries protect them against regular inspections
conducted pursuant to guidelines established by
the agency. Further, if an employer or its represen-
tatives indicates that an imminent danger exists or
that a fatality or catastrophe has occurred, the Area
Director shall act in accordance with established
inspection priority procedures.

While exceptions to this policy exist, such as the
presence of an imminent danger or the occurrence
of a fatality, OSHA policy is to provide assistance to
help employers prevent and reduce workplace
fatalities, illnesses and injuries.
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