National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety Checklist Program for Schools


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety Checklist Program for Schools


A safety checklist program can help administrators, coordinators, and teachers bring their schools into compliance with Federal or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. This information can also be used by colleges and universities with occupational safety and health programs. The checklists in this guide are based primarily on the regulations and standards of OSHA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal agencies.

This tool includes the following information:

  • Making sense of regulations
  • How to establish an effective occupational safety and health and environmental safety program
    • Assure management commitment
    • Assure employee and student involvement
    • Identify and prioritize potential hazards
    • Eliminate hazards
    • Train employees, management, and students
  • Implementing a safety checklist program
    • Safety and health coordinator instructions
    • Checklist program flowchart
    • Implementing the checklist program
    • Strategies for “selling” the checklist program to teachers
    • Case study
    • Training handouts
  • Safety checklists
    • Alphabetical listing of safety checklists
    • Career-technical programs index
    • Hazards index
    • Occupations index
  • Appendixes
    • Resource agencies and organizations
    • Using the safety checklists to teach students about occupational safety and health
    • Suggestions for facilitating inspections
    • Emergency procedures in schools in the event of a chemical spill
    • Text of selected regulations


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Release Date: 2003
Review Date: 2006
Recent Summary: March 2008
Original Summary: December 2005
Last Updated: 05/19/08

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