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Sample employer self-inspection checklist for safeguards and other hazards
Answers to the following questions should help the interested reader to
determine the safeguarding needs of his or her own workplace by drawing
attention to hazardous conditions or practices requiring
|Requirements for All Safeguards
The Point of Operation:
- Do the safeguards provided meet the minimum OSHA requirements?
- Do the safeguards prevent workers' hands, arms, and other body
parts from making contact with dangerous moving parts?
- Are the safeguards firmly secured and not easily removable?
- Do the safeguards ensure that no objects will fall into the moving parts?
- Do the safeguards permit safe, comfortable, and relatively easy operation of the machine?
- Can the machine be oiled without removing the safeguard?
- Is there a system for shutting down the machinery and
locking/tagging out before safeguards are removed?
- Can the existing safeguards be improved?
- Is there a point-of-operation safeguard provided for the machine?
- Does it keep the operator's hands, fingers, body out of the danger
- Is there evidence that the safeguards have been tampered with or
- Could changes be made on the machine to eliminate the point-of-operation
Power Transmission Apparatus:
- Are there any unguarded gears, sprockets, pulleys, or flywheels on the
- Are there any exposed belts or chain drives?
- Are there any exposed set screws, key ways, collars, etc.?
- Are starting and stopping controls within easy reach of the operator
- If there is more than one operator, are separate controls provided?
Other Moving Parts:
- Are safeguards provided for all hazardous moving parts of the machine, including auxiliary parts?
- Have appropriate measured been taken to safeguard workers against noise hazards?
- Have special guards, enclosures, or personal protective equipment been provided, where necessary to
protect workers from exposure to harmful substances used in machine operation?
- Is the machine installed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association and National Electrical Code
- Are there loose conduit fittings?
- Is the machine properly grounded?
- Is the power supply correctly fused and protected?
- Do workers occasionally receive minor shocks while operating any of the machines?