1.0 - Previous inspection

  • 1.1 - Has the last inspection been reviewed?

  • 1.2 - Have all outstanding actions been addressed?

2.0 - Staff Training

  • 2.1 - Is training of appropriate staff up-to-date?

  • 2.2 - Is training database up-to-date?

3.0 - Risk Assessment

  • 3.1 - Is risk assessment available for area?

  • 3.2 - Is assessment suitable and sufficient, and signed by assessor and other competent person?

  • 3.3 - Have all identified significant hazards been communicated effectively to those who could be affected?

  • 3.4 - Is assessment up to date?

4.0 - Safe Systems of Work

  • 4.1 - Have Safe Systems of Work (SSoW) been produced?

  • 4.2 - Have SSoW been reviewed in the last 12 months?

  • 4.3 - List equipment and processes covered by SSoW.

5.0 - Fire Prevention

  • 5.1 - Evacuation plan displayed and understood by all employees?

  • 5.2 - Evacuation procedures discussed regularly? (3 to 4 times a year)

  • 5.3 - Extinguishers in place, clearly marked for type of fire?

  • 5.4 - Extinguishers recently serviced? (Check 6 monthly punch mark on tabs.)

  • 5.5 - Extinguishers clear of obstructions?

  • 5.6 - Extinguisher no more than 1200 mm max height & base not lower that 100 mm?

  • 5.7 - Indicator signs 2.1 m above floor level?

  • 5.8 - Adequate direction notices for fire exits?

  • 5.9 - Exit doors easily opened from inside?

  • 5.10 - Exits clear of obstructions?

  • 5.11 - Fire alarm system functioning correctly?

6.0 - General Lighting

  • 6.1 - Good natural lighting?

  • 6.2 - Reflected light from walls & ceilings not causing glare to employees?

  • 6.3 - Light fittings clean and in good condition?

  • 6.4 - Emergency exit lighting operable?

7.0 - Building Safety

  • 7.1 - Floor surfaces even and uncluttered?

  • 7.2 - Entrances and corridors tidy and clear of unnecessary clutter?

  • 7.3 - Stair and risers kept clear?

  • 7.4 - Are liquid spills removed quickly?

  • 7.5 - Are stairway railings in good condition?

  • 7.6 - Furniture in sound condition?

  • 7.7 - Loading area clean and tidy?

8.0 - Maintenance and Repair Areas

  • 8.1 - Clear of rubbish?

  • 8.2 - Tools not in use kept in place?

  • 8.3 - No damaged hand tools in use?

  • 8.4 - No damaged power tools in use?

  • 8.5 - Work height correct for the type of work and the employee?

  • 8.6 - No sharp edges?

9.0 - Rubbish Disposal and Removal

  • 9.1 - Bins located at suitable points around site?

  • 9.2 - Bins emptied regularly?

  • 9.3 - Are all specialist materials disposed of appropriately? (e.g. chemistry, glass, paint etc.)

10.0 - Storage Design and Use

  • 10.1 - Materials stored in racks and bins wherever possible?

  • 10.2 - Storage designed to minimise lifting problems?

  • 10.3 - Floors around racking clear of rubbish and clutter?

  • 10..4 - Good general condition of racking and shelving?

11.0 - Machines

  • 11.1 - Are they kept clean?

  • 11.2 - Are the floors around the machines kept clean?

  • 11.3 - Guards in good condition?

  • 11.4 - Starting and stopping devices within easy reach of operator?

  • 11.5 - Waste/off cuts removed and stored safely?

  • 11.6 - Drip pans on floor to prevent spillage?

  • 11.7 - Adequate work space?

  • 11.8 - Is lighting adequate?

  • 11.9 - Noise levels controlled?

  • 11.10 - No bending or stooping required?

  • 11.12 - Operators trained/inducted into the operation of the machines?

  • 11.13 - Is the training recorded?

  • 11.14 - Do operators comply with the training?

  • 11.15 - Are lockout procedures implemented and followed?

  • 11.16 - Are gas bottles secured?

12.0 - Electrical Safety

  • 12.1 - Safety switches installed?

  • 12.2 - Safety switches tested every 6 months and tests recorded?

  • 12.3 - No double adapters in use?

  • 12.4 - Portable equipment tested and labelled?

  • 12.5 - No broken plugs, sockets or switches?

  • 12.6 - No power leads across walkways?

  • 12.7 - No frayed or damaged leads?

  • 12.8 - No strained leads?

  • 12.9 - Portable power tools in good condition?

  • 12.10 - Where required are emergency shut-down procedures in place?

13.0 - Hazardous Substances (COSHH)

  • 13.1 - COSHH Register complete and available?

  • 13.2 - COSHH assessments completed for hazardous substances?

  • 13.3 - Material Safety Data Sheets available for all chemicals?

  • 13.4 - All containers labelled correctly?

  • 13.5 - Unused substances disposed of?

  • 13.6 - If special storage conditions apply, are they adhered to?

  • 13.7 - Staff trained in the handling and use of hazardous substances?

  • 13.8 - If required is PPE available?

  • 13.9 - Is adequate ventilation provided?

  • 13.10 - Are eye washes and showers easily accessed?

14.0 Ladders and Working Platforms (mobile and static)

  • 14.1 - Are all ladders appropriate for use?

  • 14.2 - Used according to instructions?

  • 14.3 - Are ladders in good condition?

  • 14.4 - Are all ladders, extension and step, appropriately stored to prevent unauthorised use?

  • 14.5 - Are ladders inspected prior to each use, and records of inspections maintained?

  • 14.6 - Are working platforms used when necessary?

  • 14.7 - Do all staff who use mobile platforms receive regular training, and do they possess current licences?

15.0 - First Aid Facilities

  • 15.1 - Are cabinets and contents clean and orderly?

  • 15.2 - Are contents regularly checked?

  • 15.3 - No contents past their expiry date?

  • 15.4 - Cabinets clearly labelled?

  • 15.5 - Is there easy access to cabinets?

  • 15.6 - Employees aware of location of first aid cabinet?

  • 15.7 - Are first aid officers accessible?

  • 15.8 - Are emergency numbers displayed?

16.0 - Office Hazards

  • 16.1 - Condition of filing cabinets?

  • 16.2 - Condition of chairs? (Five star bases.)

  • 16.3 - Correct type chair castors for flooring type?

  • 16.4 - Desks in good condition? (No damage.)

  • 16.5 - Screen Based Equipment positioned to reduce glare from windows etc?

  • 16.6 - Photocopiers positioned to avoid fumes?

  • 16.7 - Air conditioning systems regularly maintained?

  • 16.8 - Stable non-slip floor coverings in good condition?

  • 16.9 - Adequate and appropriate shelving and storage in use?

  • 16.10 - Are Display Screen Equipment assessments undertaken, and significant findings shared?

17.0 - Additional Notes

  • 17.1 - General comments regarding this inspection.

  • 17.2 - General level of safety indication (1 - Unacceptable, 10 - Very Good)

Sign Off

  • Subject area/course representative

  • Inspector's signature

  • Approximate Date for Follow Up Inspection

  • Next full inspection due before...

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