Construction Start-Up Safety Checklist

The amount of safety-related items needed at a construction site before work begins can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common documentation, programs, paperwork and materials that are necessary in order to comply with federal, state, and local requirements. These things should be kept on the jobsite, unless otherwise noted.

Every company and jobsite is unique! So when using this list, please add any additional safety items needed, to help keep your site compliant.

If you’d like to download a PDF version of this checklist to use at your jobsite, click here.


  • Corporate Safety Manual
  • Site-specific Project Safety Plan (when applicable)
  • State/Federal OSHA Safety Standards for Construction (29 CFR 1926)
  • Written Hazard Communication Program and MSDSs for all hazardous chemicals on site
  • Toolbox Talk Manual
  • OSHA 300A Summary of Injuries/Illnesses posted February 1st through April 30th (may be kept at corporate office)
  • OSHA Safety Poster
  • State/Federal Employee Right-to-Know Poster
  • Crane Hand Signal Poster
  • Emergency Phone List
  • Closest Hospital Information and Directions conspicuously posted
  • Employee Safety Orientation Documentation (may be kept at corporate office)
  • Employee Training Documentation (may be kept at corporate office)
  • Subcontractor Documentation:
    • Safety Program
    • Written Hazard Communication Program and all MSDSs for chemicals brought on site
    • Hazard-Specific Work Plans

Blank Forms/Paperwork

  • Injury/Illness Report
  • Workmen’s Compensation Injury Forms
  • Safety Violation Notice

Employee Materials/Equipment

  • Properly sized and stocked First Aid Kit/Cabinet
  • PPE
    • Hardhats
    • Safety Glasses/Goggles
    • Hi-Viz Vests
    • Ear Plugs
    • Gloves
    • Dust Masks

Jobsite Materials/Equipment

  • Fire Extinguishers mounted in easily accessible locations throughout the jobsite
  • Various jobsite warning signs, including Construction Area Warning signs posted at all entrances
  • Barricades, fencing or other ways to keep the public off the jobsite
  • Caution/warning tape
  • Dumpsters, trash cans and/or other means for disposing of wastes and keeping the jobsite clear of housekeeping hazards
  • GFCI protection devices if GFCI protected electrical service is not provided/available

This information is provided as a service to you by Compliance Consultants, Inc.