Workshop safety checklist

Updated February 21, 2017

In a workshop setting there are many potential safety hazards that can cause damage or injury. In order to make sure that you have a safe workshop, it is important to create and implement a workshop safety checklist. Use the checklist each day before closing and opening the shop to make sure safety hazards are removed.


Emergency exits in a workshop should be clearly marked by a lit sign, and they should always be clear of impediments on both sides of the door. Stairways should be maintained and kept safe, and stairways should also be kept clear at all times. Steps should have slip-resistant surfaces. The shop should have adequate lighting to create a safe environment at work stations, and to allow people to safely move around the workshop. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends storing sharp objects away from walkways.

Safety Postings

Make sure all emergency services phone numbers are clearly posted throughout the office including the fire brigade, police department, medical emergency personnel and the poison control centre. The phone numbers of personnel within the workshop should be posted as well. Have notebooks placed throughout the workshop that contain the safety sheets for the chemicals used. Emergency evacuation routes and information should be posted throughout the workshop as well.


Protect personnel from openings in the floor with railings where possible, or toe-stops where railings cannot be used. Make sure all windows can be opened in case of an emergency. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, any skylights in a shop area should be able to withstand a load of 90.7 Kilogram to allow for snow and anything else that may accumulate on the roof.


Be sure to mark any low ceilings with red or yellow paint to warn people of the potential hazard. Place signs near raised parts of the floor, and create an extra step to allow safe passage onto raised floor areas.


Perform regular maintenance on all shop equipment as outlined in the manufacturer's guidelines. Unplug electrical equipment when cleaning, repairing or storing it. Store all equipment properly when it is not in use. Do not create tripping hazards by leaving equipment lying around the workshop. Park larger pieces of equipment in designated areas, and lock up equipment keys in a secure area when the shop is closed.

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George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.