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1. Are protective goggles or face shields provided and worn where there is any danger of flying particles or corrosive materials?

2. Are approved safety glasses required to be worn at all times in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions or burns?

3. Are employees who need corrective lenses (glasses or contacts) in working environments having harmful exposures, required to wear only approved safety glasses, protective goggles, or use other medically approved precautionary procedures.

4. Are protective gloves, aprons, shields, or other means provided and required where employees could be cut or where there is reasonably anticipated expo-sure to corrosive liquids, chemicals, blood, or other poten...

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Fire Protection Checklist

By Ethan Davis

1. Is your local fire department well acquainted with your facilities, its location and specific hazards?

2. If you have a fire alarm system, is it certified as required?

3. If you have a fire alarm system, is it tested at least annually?

4. If you have interior stand pipes and valves, are they inspected regularly?

5. If you have outside private fire hydrants, are they flushed at least once a year and on a routine preventive maintenance schedule?

6. Are fire doors and shutters in good operating condition?

7. Are fire doors and shutters unobstructed and protected against obstructions, including their counter-weights?

8. Is fire door and shutter fusible links in place?

9. Are automatic sprinkler system water control valves, air and water p...

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1. Is there a hospital, clinic, or infirmary for medical care in proximity of your workplace?

2. If medical and first-aid facilities are not in proximity of your workplace, is at least one employee on each shift currently qualified to render first aid?

3. Have all employees who are expected to respond to medical emergencies as part of their work

(1) received first-aid training; (2) had hepatitis B vaccination made available to them; (3) had appropriate training on procedures to protect them from blood-borne pathogens, including universal precautions; and (4) have available and understand how to use appropriate personal protective equipment to protect against exposure to bloodborne diseases?

4. Where employees have had an exposure inciden...

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1. Do you have an active safety and health program in operation that deals with general safety and health program elements as well as the management of hazards specific to your worksite?

2. Is one person clearly responsible for the overall activities of the safety and health program?

3. Do you have a safety committee or group made up of management arid labor representatives that meets regularly and report in writing on its activities?

4. Do you have a working procedure for handling in-house employee complaints regarding safety and health?

5. Are you keeping your employees advised of the successful effort and accomplishments you and/or your safety committee have made in assuring they will have a workplace that is safe and healthful?

1. Are all occupational injury or illnesses, except minor injuries requiring only first aid, being recorded as re-quired on the OSHA 300 log?

2. Are employee medical records and records of em-ployee exposure to hazardous substances or harmful physical agents up-to-date and in compliance with current OSHA standards?

3. Are employees training records kept and accessible for review by employees, when required by OSHA standards?

4. Have arrangements been made to maintain required records for the legal period of time for each specific type record? (Some records must be maintained for at least 40 years.)

5. Are operating permits and records up-to-date for such items as elevators, air pressure tanks, liquefied petroleum gas tanks, etc.?

Is the required OSHA workplace poster displayed in a prominent location where all employees are likely to see it?

1. Are emergency telephone numbers posted where they can be readily found in case of emergency?

2. Where employees may be exposed to any toxic substances or harmful physical agents, has appropriate information concerning employee access to medical and exposure records and "Material Safety Data Sheets" been posted or otherwise made readily available to affected employees?

3. Are signs concerning "Exiting from buildings," room capacities, floor loading. biohazards, exposures to x-ray. microwave, or other harmful radiation or substances posted where appropriate?

4. Is the Summary of Occupational Illnesses and Injuries posted in ...

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The most widely accepted way to identify hazards is to conduct safety and health inspections. The only way you can be certain of the actual situation is for you to look at it from time to time.

Make a Self-Inspection of Your Business

Begin a program of seIf-inspection in your own workplace. Self-inspection is a must if you are to know where probable hazards exist and whether they are under control.

This checklist is by no means all inclusive. You may wish to add to them or delete portions that do not apply to your business. Consider carefully each item as you come to it and then make your decision.

Don't spend time with items that obviously have no application to your business. Make sure each item is seen by you or your designee, and lea...

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1. Has a contingency analysis been conducted to determine what emergencies might arise?

2. Have emergency plans and procedures been developed for potentially catastrophic events such as:

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All drivers must regularly inspect, repair, and maintain their company vehicle. All vehicle parts and accessories must be in a safe and proper working order at all times. The following apply:

a. All truck drivers must complete the vehicle inspection report at the end of each day. Drivers of company cars should complete the vehicle inspection report semi-annually. Notify the insert title of individual that monitors fleet maintenance program here of any unsafe conditions or defective parts immediately.

b. Before the vehicle is driven again, any safety defects must be repaired.

c. A copy of the last vehicle inspection report must be kept in the vehicle for at least 3 months.

d. Quarterly preventative maintenance must be conducted on each ve...

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Driver Conduct at the Scene of the Accident

(1) Take immediate action to prevent further damage or injury.

- Pull onto the shoulder or side of the road.

- Activate hazard lights (flashers) and place warning signs promptly.

- Assist any injured person, but don’t move them unless they are in danger of further injury.

(2) Call the Police

- If someone is injured, request medical assistance.

- If you are near a phone, write a note giving the location and seriousness of the accident and give it to a “reliable” motorist and ask him/her to contact the police.

(3) The vehicle should not be left unattended, except in an extreme emergency.

(4) Exchange identifying information with the other driver. Make no comments about ass...

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