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Workplace EHS compliance audit checklist


If you want to progress along the path to higher levels of health and safety achievement, routine evaluation of your company’s workplace and safety practices and programs is key.

Conducting self-inspections and audits is a great way to assess and address areas for improvement. A checklist is one example of a valuable tool that can be leveraged to evaluate and improve an existing system, or bridge potential compliance gaps. Regular evaluations also benefit employers by mitigating risk, preparing your workplace for an unannounced OSHA inspection, keeping your people safe, and preventing accidents. Checklists can be used by themselves, or as part of an overall compliance system. As a best practice, employers should refer to OSHA’s standards for complete, specific standards that may apply to your work situation.

Use this checklist to regularly evaluate your workplace’s safety practices and programs consistently.

If or when you identify areas in need of addressing, use them as program improvement opportunities, and a chance to kick off a new health or safety objective that will help you achieve your goals.

Safety and health program benefits

  • Prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improved compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduced costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums
  • More engaged workers
  • Enhanced social responsibility goals
  • Increased productivity and overall business operations enhancements


general ehs compliance audit checklist page one

This checklist covers the following topic areas

  • Hazard communication (HazCom)
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Emergency response
  • Environmental documentation
  • Respiratory protection program
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Forklift safety program

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