Maintenance Safety Checklist
Property owners and manager should focus on two safety checklist items, equipment safety and hazard awareness.
At Pacific Building Services our goal is to make certain your work environment is as safe as possible and all building equipments used safely and effectively.
At Pacific building Services we look at what could happen if your work environment is not safe.
So what you can do to make sure your equipment is safe to use?
You should inspect your equipments and tools before you use them.
• Power tools:
• Check that the cord is grounded and look for signs of wear.
- Never use a cord that has exposed conductors.
- Make sure the safeties and guards are functioning properly.
- Always carry a cord with GFCI protection in case a protected outlet is unavailable on site. This is especially important when working with pressure washers or condenser tube cleaners as they come in contact with water.
• Hand tools:
• Industrial maintenance tools and equipment: Check that your tools and equipment are in good working order so they will not cause injury unnecessary wear and tear to your body.
• Ladders: Always inspect your ladder.
- Look and check for cracks and check the rungs before putting your weight on them.
- If you are using a step ladder, make sure it locks properly when you open it.
- Never stand on the top platform.
- When using such tools as stack efficiency testers or fiber scopes, be careful to maintain your balance even when running out longer probes. Never use a wooden or metal ladder when the potential for contact with electricity exists.
What's the one thing you can do to make sure your work environment is also safe?
Before beginning any facilities maintenance work, take a look around you.
Look and check for trip hazards. Note anything that might be in your way while performing your task.
See if there is a need to isolate electricity or other forms of energy. If you are on a roof, note how far you are from the edge, and whether there are railings to protect you.
Look for vent pipes that can be right at shin level. Clear away any puddles if you are going to be near electricity.
Sometimes the most dangerous places are the familiar ones you work in all the time. Take a minute to determine if anything has changed since the last time you were there.
Going through these safety items may take a lot of effort at first, but once you have made them a part of your regular routine, they will take little time and make your maintenance tasks significantly safer.
How to Update and develop a Facility Maintenance Program;
- Is adequate and functioning lighting provided in all work areas?
- Is the elevator inspection certificate up-to-date?
- Are the elevator functioning properly?
- document any specific complaints about the elevator not working properly in the "Comments" section below.)
- Are work areas free of tripping hazards?
- Is furniture in good and safe condition?
- Is overhead storage utilized properly?
- Are material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available and accessible?
- Are carpeted floors clean and are there no areas where there is loose carpet, rips or bumps?
- (Indicate specific carpeting concerns and their locations in the "Comments" section below)
- Are all carpeted areas free of safety concerns, such as tripping hazards?
- Are uncarpeted floors clean, slip-resistant, in good repair with treads in place?
- (Indicate specific flooring concerns and their locations in the "Comments" section below)
- Are warning signs and/or mats provided when floors are wet?
- Are restroom facilities clean and sanitary?
- Are restroom facilities adequately stocked with the necessary supplies?
- Are staff lounge and eating areas clean and sanitary?
- Are drinking fountains clean and in good working order?
- Are work areas free of rodents, insects and vermin?
- Any potential for rodent, mosquito, fly or roach breeding/infestation should be documented in the "Comments" section below.
- Are ceiling fan blades safe and clean?
- Are the waste receptacles emptied regularly?
- Are the adequate type (tight-fitting covers where needed) and number of waste receptables provided?
- Are storage areas clean and clear of debris or clutter?
- Are walls and woodwork clean?
- Are there clearing schedules for issues employees are responsible for, such as cleaning refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, toasters, dishes, etc.?
- Are devices or alarms, which were installed to restrict the improper use of an exit, installed and functioning so that they cannot impede emergency use of such exit?
- Are all emergency exit doors clearly marked and functioning properly?
- Are emergency and exit lights in working order?
- Are doors arranged to be readily opened from the egress side whenever the building is occupied?
- Are all exits marked by a readily visible sign with letters at least six inches high and three-fourth inches wide?
- Where exits are not readily visible, are the accesses to the exits marked by readily visible signs?
- Are means of egress (i.e. hallways and stairways) continually maintained free of all obstructions or impediments?
- Are halls, stairwells, and exits clear of boxes, furnishings, clutter, etc?
- Are stairways well lighted, handrails in good condition and stair treads in place?
- Are closed stairways provided with a railing on at least one side?