By SafetyCulture Team | July 27th, 2015 A Checklist for a Checklist Checklist Best Practices | Safety Reading Time: < 1 With so many checklists in the world and more than 100,000 just in our iAuditor public library; it’s hard to know what goes into making a checklist that actually works. Atul Gawande (author of Checklist Manifesto) has dedicated years studying their effectiveness. He created…a checklist for a checklist, a logical step by step process to making a checklist. The anatomy of a great checklist Explore best-in-class checklists Gawande outlines three different processes involved, including: Development: Are there clear concise objectives? Is each item a critical step? Have you identified the stakeholders taking part in the task, including determining who is in charge of the sign off and completion process? Drafting: Does the checklist have natural breaks in your work flow? Is it simple and uncluttered? Gawande points out that colours and fonts could determine whether it is effective or not. Is the font sans serif? Does the checklist minimize the use of colour? Validation: A rather vital step is, has the checklist been trialled in a real life setting? Has it had repeated trials? Does it have follow-up action items? Who knew that much effort went into creating a simple tool? Work smarter, not harder and get creating in iAuditor by SafetyCulture. Build your own checklist Like this article? Why not share it! Related Posts Checklist Manifesto Book Review Editor's Pick: ISO 9001:2008 Checklist Tips to use iAuditor in the Sun Editor's Pick: Heavy Vehicle Inspection Checklist Editor's Pick: Inspection Template Important Notice The information contained in this article is general in nature and you should consider whether the information is appropriate to your specific needs. Legal and other matters referred to in this article are based on our interpretation of laws existing at the time and should not be relied on in place of professional advice. We are not responsible for the content of any site owned by a third party that may be linked to this article. SafetyCulture disclaims all liability (except for any liability which by law cannot be excluded) for any error, inaccuracy, or omission from the information contained in this article, any site linked to this article, and any loss or damage suffered by any person directly or indirectly through relying on this information.