OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

General Work Environment

General Work Environment

  • Are all worksites clean, sanitary, and orderly?
  • Are work surfaces kept dry or appropriate means taken to assure the surfaces are slip-resistant?
  • Are all spilled hazardous materials or liquids, including blood and other potentially infectious materials, cleaned up immediately and according to proper procedures?
  • Is combustible scrap, debris and waste stored safely and removed from the worksite promptly?
  • Is all regulated waste, as defined in the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), discarded according to federal, state, and local regulations?
  • Are accumulations of combustible dust routinely removed from elevated surfaces including the overhead structure of buildings, etc.?
  • Is combustible dust cleaned up with a vacuum system to prevent the dust going into suspension?
  • Is metallic or conductive dust prevented from entering or accumulating on or around electrical enclosures or equipment?
  • Are covered metal waste cans used for oily and paintsoaked waste?
  • Are all oil and gas fired devices equipped with flame failure controls that will prevent flow of fuel if pilots or main burners are not working?
  • Are paint spray booths, dip tanks, etc., cleaned regularly?
  • Are the minimum number of toilets and washing facilities provided?
  • Are all toilets and washing facilities clean and sanitary?
  • Are all work areas adequately illuminated?
  • Are pits and floor openings covered or otherwise guarded?
  • Have all confined spaces been evaluated for compliance with 29 CFR 1910.146?