As the last business day in October, today is a great day to take care of your monthly facility inspections.
There are a few items that need to be inspected and updated every month. There should be tags on these items for signatures and dates. These are safety inspection items, and federal law requires that they are monitored and maintained on a monthly schedule. Here’s a suggested list of items to inspect:
|Monthly Facility Inspection Checklist|
|Emergency lighting (short test)- make sure all exit signs (aka luminaries) are present and clean. Activate the system long enough to test each exit sign. Document defects and corrective actions. Check each exit sign for functional back-up system. If necessary, replace back-up power sources (battery packs).|
|Above Ground Storage Tank- Make sure monthly inspections are conducted as required by SPCC regulations.|
|First Aid Kits- Check the contents and make sure supplies are accounted for, and at the correct level. Make sure first aid kits are properly mounted and accessible. Sign and date inspection card.|
|Elevators with a phone or fire department call button- The requirement does not specify who is to perform the operation- maintainence company, elevator inspector, equipment owner or lessee- only that it is performed and that a written record of findings is kept on premises. Periodically, circuts and relays should be checked.|
|Eyewash stations- Check signage, make sure area is clear and the station is accessible at all times. It should be clean and ready for an emergency. Check portable stations for fluid expiration dates. Sign and date the inspection card.|
|Fire extinguishers- needle should be in the green, inspect for signs of damage or use. Make sure extinguisher signs are present and extinguisher is properly mounted.|
|Lifts- perform leak test: check for functionality, oil level and leaks in rolling bridge, wheel free, valves and hoses. Check moving parts for excess play, wear lubrication, and grease. Test switches and terminals to make sure the electrical components are in good shape. Check for overall condition including rust, damage wear, and alignment. Make sure decking and covers are secure, check anchor bolts, and all safety features for functionality.|
Depending on your size, kinds of services that you offer, and your location, there may be other monthly inspection items that are part of your companies safety responsibilities. You should talk to your safety representative or contact Craig Safety Technologies to find out about other monthly inspection requirements specific to your state or local area.
It is also a good idea to keep an eye on other time-sensitive inspection items that need annual or periodic inspection and documentation (fire alarm systems, oil/water separators, new product tanks, lift inspections, permit renewals, waste storage areas…); they may need attention soon.