Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Administrative Safety Issues

About 1.3 million employers with 11 or more employees, which represent about 20 percent of the establishments the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) covers, must keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses. Workplaces in low-hazard industries, such as retail, service, finance, insurance, and real estate, are exempt from the recordkeeping requirements. All employers must post the federal or State OSHA poster to provide their employees with information on their safety and health rights.

This “Client Handout” provides small business owners a means of identifying potential problem areas that may occur within the administrative areas of safety compliance. Any question answered “No” should be thoroughly investigated and corrective actions taken.

Question Yes  No  N/A 
Is the required OSHA workplace poster displayed in a prominent location?      
Are emergency phone numbers posted and readily found in case of an emergency?      
Where employees may be exposed to any toxic substances or harmful physical agents, have “Material Safety Data Sheets” been posted or made readily available?      
Are signs concerning “Exiting from buildings”, room capacities, floor loading, biohazards, and exposure to X-ray, microwave, or other harmful radiation or substances posted?      
Are occupational injuries or illnesses being recorded on the OSHA 300 Log?      
Are employee medical records and records of employee exposure to hazardous substances or harmful physical agents up-to-date and in compliance with current OSHA standards?      
Are employees’ training records documented and accessible for review by employees?      
Are operating permits and records up-to-date on such items as elevators, air pressure tanks, liquefied petroleum gas tanks, etc.?      
Is there an active safety and health program in operation that deals with general safety and health program elements, as well as the management of hazards in the workplace?      
Is there an active safety committee made up of management and labor representatives?      
Are procedures established to handle employee complaints regarding safety and health?      
Are employees advised of the successful effort and accomplishments that the safety committee has made in assuring they will have a safe and healthful workplace?      
Is there a hospital, clinic, or infirmary for medical care in close proximity to the workplace?      
Have all employees who are expected to respond to medical emergencies, as part of their work, received proper training in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard?      
Are properly stocked first-aid kits accessible to each work area?      
Are eye wash or shower stations provided in areas where corrosives are handled?      

 

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