Plant Safety Inspection Checklist

Manufacturing plants can contain hazards that can lead to injury, strain, adverse health effects and even death.

Asbestos

Safety measures keep workers from experiencing injury.Safety measures keep workers from experiencing injury.
Fortunately, manufacturing plant owners can take many steps to keep their plants safe from mishaps. These measures provide workers with training and safety tools that can help them avoid the unintentionally dangerous aspects of their work.

Inspectors should check plants for signs of asbestos, which can cause a variety of health complications. When the inspector identifies a potential asbestos risk, the inspector must have the workers notified about the asbestos risk. Asbestos inhalation can cause mesothelioma.

Employee Training

Inspectors must make sure that the workers in the plant were given the appropriate instructions regarding handling safety issues. Also, the employees should have all necessary safety equipment and should know how to use the safety equipment. When exposed to a lot of heat, the workers must have access to fluids to remain hydrated and workers must know the warning signs of heat stroke both for themselves and for their fellow coworkers. If possible, workers should not perform repetitive actions because these actions put strain on the body. If the workers must perform repetitive actions, they should receive frequent breaks.

Debris Cleanup

The inspector must ensure that the work area has no debris that can pose an inherent hazard to the employees or can cause the employees to trip and fall. The facility should also have a minimum level of cleanliness.

Chemicals

All chemicals must have appropriate labels so that the workers can identify the chemicals. The inspector must note where the chemicals are placed and if chemicals that can react negatively with each other are placed in a nearby location. Workers should have the chemicals separated so that there are no confusions regarding which chemical is in a container.

Fall Prevention

Work surfaces must have appropriate railings and surfaces must be safe when wet. The managers must take all possible precautions to prevent falls.

Mechanical Equipment

Mechanical equipment can seriously injure or kill workers. Many mechanical devices have heavy moving parts operating at high pressures, sharp objects, electrical wiring, corrosive chemicals and many other serious dangers. Inspectors must ensure that these pieces of equipment have safety features that minimize or eliminate the dangers that these machines pose.

Basic Safety Devices

Workers must have access to fire extinguishers in the case of a fire or overheating machinery. The inspector must ensure that first aid kits are available for providing initial treatments after an employee suffers an injury.

Problem Remediation

When workers discover safety issues within the plant, if the workers can easily remedy the safety issues, they should take those appropriate actions. When the workers cannot remedy the situation safely or effectively, the workers should report the situation to the manager.

About the Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer since 2009. He has a B.S. in literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written the ebooks "Karate You Can Teach Your Kids," "Macadamia Growing Handout" and "The Raw Food Diet."