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Time for a Site Safety Inspection? (Free Checklist)

I would like to remind you that on a regular basis your site must be inspected for condition.  This inspection should be conducted with employees and management.  As time goes on the workplace can begin to change and create hazards that may go un-noticed.  Considering splitting the areas of the inspection among different personnel and take advantage of the perspectives of each person on the inspection team.  Keep in mind that a checklist is not just to be “pencil whipped” to just get it completed.
Make sure that everyone on the inspection team understands the importance of their duties.  In addition, management should make every effort to fix the hazards and discrepancies that may be found immediately following the inspection.  Safety topics would like to offer a checklist that you can use as a guide to develop your own checklist.
Spend some time with a committee made up off employees, management, and your safety specialist to create your checklist.  Decide on the intervals at which the inspections should be made.  It is important to also note that failure to conduct site inspections could be frowned on by OSHA.  Moreover, failure to fix hazards and discrepancies as soon as possible can cause be looked down on by OSHA.  OSHA looks unfavorably because it makes the inspection look “pencil whipped.”
Implementing an inspection process at your worksite will have other positive influences on your safety culture.  Done properly the action of inspecting and taking care of findings will demonstrate the organizations commitment to creating a safe workplace.  The inspection will also provide the organization with safety topics to discuss at monthly safety meetings.  Remember that the goal of performing the inspection is to create a workplace where it is difficult to get hurt.

Be Safe!

Carl Potter, CSP


This checklist applies to general industry and construction workplaces

  • Are floor and bench mounted grinders equipped with a work rest that is adjusted to within 1⁄8 inch of the wheel?
  • Is the adjustable tongue guard on the top side of the grinder used and kept adjusted to within 1⁄4 inch of the wheel?
  • Is the grinder equipped with flanges?
  • Do side guards cover the spindle, nut, flange projections, and 75 percent of the wheel diameter?
  • Does the angular exposure of the grinding wheel periphery and sides for safety guards on your grinders meet the following?
  • Bench and floor stand grinders – not to exceed 90 ° or ¼ of the periphery
    – Cylindrical grinders – not to exceed 180°
    – Surface grinders and cutoff machines–not to exceed 150°
    – Swing frame grinders – not to exceed 180° with the top half of the wheel enclosed
    – Automatic snagging machines – not to exceed 180°
    – Top grinding grinders – not to exceed 60° when work is applied to the wheel above the horizontal centerline.
  • Are right angle grinders equipped with guards when they are not being used for internal grinding where the material being worked on provides adequate protection?
  • Are bench and pedestal grinders permanently secured if they are not going to be moved?
  • Do employees wear ANSI-approved goggles or face shields when grinding?
  • Is the maximum RPM rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with the RPM rating of the grinder motor?
  • Does each grinder have…   Click Here for the full version for Free

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