Off-Site Safety Checklist

Reduce Your Business Liability Risk With an Off-Site Safety Measures Checklist

Most savvy business owners follow on-site safety precautions and procedures for the workplace. Yet once you or an employee leaves the premises to conduct business off-site, the liability risk doesn’t end there.

Do you have the right business liability off-site safety measures in place to stay protected?

The following checklist of business liability safety measures can help you to identify and prevent some of the more common off-site risks waiting to happen.

Transportation safety

  • Obey speed limits and other traffic laws 
  • Hire licensed drivers with no major traffic citations on their records 
  • Ensure vehicles and drivers have appropriate levels of liability insurance 
  • Maintain vehicles in good, safe condition 
  • Establish a safe driver program

Material handling safety

  • Educate employees on proper loading and unloading techniques 
  • Ensure that loads are secured inside and outside the vehicle 
  • Prevent vehicles from being overloaded; this prevents accidents and reduces vehicle wear 
  • Avoid injuries when loading/unloading equipment or materials by barricading the area in case a load would fall 
  • Keep materials neatly stacked and kept out of the way of others

Hazardous substances safety

  • Train workers in the safe handling, disposal and cleanup of chemicals, including paints, sealants and adhesives
  • Ensure adequate ventilation when using chemicals or flammable materials
  • Warn all non-employees about hazardous materials and ask to leave the area
  • Have a fire extinguisher close to welding equipment and flammable materials.

Tool and equipment safety

  • Make sure all equipment is kept in a lockbox at work sites when not in use
  • Ensure that all equipment is kept out of walkways
  • Secure and protect all tools and equipment during transit
  • Keep electrical tools in good working order with GFI-grounded plugs and non-frayed cords
  • Ensure all ladders are sturdy and level, with sidewalls that extend 36 inches above the top of the landing

Employee safety

  • Ensure that employees wear the appropriate personal protection equipment, such as hard hats, heavy boots or coveralls as necessary
  • Train employees in correct lifting techniques to avoid back injuries and dropping of loads
  • Require employees use proper safety protection such as goggles, gloves and shields when welding or using a blowtorch
  • Insist employees carry a fully charged pager or mobile phone off-site
  • Equip all company-owned vehicles with first aid kits