Audit / Inspection Details

  • Title of Compliance Audit

  • Location
  • Audited/Inspected by

  • Date and time of compliance inspection

  • Council Worksite / Asset or Contractor

  • Section

  • Section Manager

  • Team Leader / Coordinator

  • Worksite Supervisor

  • Mobile Number Supervisor

  • Contact Name and Details (PCBU)

  • Company name

  • Contact name

  • Mobile number

  • Disclaimer: The WHS Officer believes the information contained within this report is correct at the time of printing. The Officer issuing the report does not accept any liability for the PCBUs failure to rectify follow-up corrective actions for any non-compliance that have been identified.
    This report is based on matters which were observed or came to the attention of the Officer during the date identified within the report. Compliance inspections are randomly selected and/or targeted at specific areas of the worksite operations. This compliance inspection does not preclude further hazards that may exist on the site. It is the worksite management and workers who must collaboratively assess and adequately apply controls to address hazards and to the potential risks facing workers on site.

  • Location


    Safety Issue
  • Safety Issue

  • Risk Control


  • 1.1 Is there sufficient signage in place advertising work in progress?

  • 1.2 Are traffic controller ahead signs in place (Stop / Slow)?

  • 1.3 Are flashing hazard lights being used and working?

  • 1.4 Are sufficient traffic cones or bollards in use?

  • 1.5 Are all access and side tracks secured from unauthorised public entry?


2. WORKSITE ENTRY CONTROLS (Vehicle and Pedestrian).

2. WORKSITE ENTRY CONTROLS (Vehicle and Pedestrian).

  • 2.1 Is signage in place for "No Unauthorised Entry"?

  • 2.2 Are all persons must report to site office or site controller displayed?

  • 2.3 Is PPE required for site displayed?

  • 2.4 Worksite speed limit displayed?

  • 2.5 Site contact names and numbers displayed?

  • 2.6 Is the site secure from unauthorised entry of vehicles and/or traffic?

  • 2.7 Are spotters provided to control and direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic (where required)?

  • 2.8 Is a formal traffic management plan (TMP) available for the worksite (If required)?

  • 2. Safety Issue
  • Safety Issue

  • Green - Monitor and review
    Yellow - Monitor and maintain strict measures
    Orange - DO NOT PROCEED Review and introduce additional controls to lower the level of risk
    Red - DO NOT PROCEED Immediately introduce further control measures to lower the risk Reassess before proceeding


3. WORKSITE OFFICE and INDUCTION (Sub-section included)

3.1 Site Office / Crib Hut

  • Are there designated parking areas for plant, workers and visitors?

  • Is there a WHS notice board displayed?

  • WHS policy displayed, signed by senior management and current?

  • Is a site induction conducted?

  • Are responsible persons names and titles displayed?<br>Site Manager<br>Superintendent<br>WHS Officer<br>Worker Safety Representative<br>Work Health and Safety Representative (HSR)<br><br><br>

  • entry and exits clearly marked?

3.2 Visitor Controls

  • Are visitors required to formally sign-in and out?

  • Is the visitor to be escorted at all times while on site? (If yes, a basic induction is only required).

  • Is a means of identifying visitors implemented?

  • Are visitors advised of emergency procedures?

  • Are areas where visitors are not permitted clearly identified / explained?

  • Is suitable PPE provided to visitors?

3.3 Sub Contractors

  • Are contractors made aware of company WHS policies and rules before commencing work<br>

  • Do engaged contractors provide adequate insurances (Workers Compensation and Public Liability to 20 Million)?

  • Are sub-contractors safety systems and consultation arrangements harmonised with the engaging PCBU?

  • Are sub-contractors management systems provided to the principle PCBU?

  • Are checks made of the contractors plant and equipment for compliance and safety?

3.4 Emergency Procedure

  • Are emergency procedures displayed?

  • Emergency services 000 and PCBU names and numbers?

  • Site map available?

  • Are training drills conducted periodically, verbally at toolbox talk and practically exercised (6 monthly)?

  • Is there an effective alarm system in place?

  • Muster / Assembly point identified?

  • Fire equipment available and tagged for currency?

3.5 Communication

  • Is communication available (Phone, radio, satellite)?

  • Does the worksite have agreed radio contact numbers for various locations?

  • Do all workers on-site know the radio numbers for locations?

  • Do workers understand basic hand signals (i.e. Stop)?

3.6 First Aid - First Aid Code of Practice

  • Qualified first aid names displayed (First aid level).

  • Medical supplies checked for currency and expiry date?

  • First aid kits for workers on-site within easy access?

  • Medical supplies and facilities are adequate for the nature, location and composition of workers on site?

3.7 Workplace Amenities

  • Toilets available on site?

  • Are toilets provided for each gender?

  • Washing facilities provided?

  • Are toilets and shower areas cleaned regularly?

  • Are sufficient consumables made available in washrooms and toilets?

  • Are sufficient tables and chairs provided?

  • Are lunchroom, kitchen facilities clean and hygienic?

  • Is clean drinking water provided?

  • Other safety issues

  • Safety issue

3.8 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • PPE allocated to workers specific to activities (Australian Standard)?

  • Workers wearing PPE required by company policy?<br>

  • High visibility clothing?

  • Hard hat and wide brim hat?

  • Fully enclosed footwear?

  • Are signs displayed where specified PPE must be worn?

  • Is PPE fitted correctly, serviceable and in good condition?

  • Do workers wear PPE when mandated in SWMS?

  • Other safety issues

  • Safety issue

3.9 Pre-commencement work

  • Toolbox site inductions completed (if relevant)

  • Permit to work (10 metre exclusion zone completed if required)?

  • Confined space entry permit completed (if applicable)?

  • Contractors or additional Council Section on site inducted?

  • SWMS on site and compliant (For High Risk Construction Work)?

  • SWPs available on site

  • Worker competency assessments completed (or within reason)?

  • Other documentation

  • 3. Safety issue
  • 11.9 Safety Issues

  • Green - Monitor and review
    Yellow - Monitor and maintain strict measures
    Orange - DO NOT PROCEED Review and introduce additional controls to lower the level of risk
    Red - DO NOT PROCEED Immediately introduce further control measures to lower the risk Reassess before proceeding


4.1 Consultation (Pre-start briefs, toolbox talks)

  • Has a toolbox talk been conducted to discuss safety issues and work instructions? (if applicable)

  • Has a TAKE 5 worksite risk assessment been conducted before work commences and throughout day as required?

  • Are pre-start shift meetings conducted?

  • Are workers provided the opportunity to express their safety concerns?

  • Is there a WHS project or site specific plan in place?

  • Do all workers have their General Construction Card on-site?

  • Do workers understand the PCBUs legal responsibilities for consultation?

  • Are there worker safety representatives I.e. HSR

  • 4. Safety Issue
  • Safety issue


5.1 Safety Issue, Hazard Reporting and Controls (Hierarchy of control)

  • Are safety issue / hazard and near miss reporting forms available on-site

  • Do workers understand the procedure for reporting safety concerns (Stop work, apply control or report to supervisor)?

  • Are risk assessments conducted to identify site hazards with controls implemented?

  • Do workers know and refer to the hierarchy of control?

5.2 Incident Reporting and Investigation

  • Are incident / injury forms available on site?

  • Do workers report all incidents ASAP?

  • Are all incidents fully investigated and effective remedial action implemented?

  • Are WorkCover NSW "Notifiable Incidents and Preservation Site", regulations clearly understood by the PCBU?

  • 5. Safety Issue
  • Safety issue

  • Green - Monitor and review
    Yellow - Monitor and maintain strict measures
    Orange - DO NOT PROCEED Review and introduce additional controls to lower the level of risk
    Red - DO NOT PROCEED Immediately introduce further control measures to lower the risk Reassess before proceeding


6.1 Manual Handling (Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice)

  • Is a risk assessment conducted for manual tasks (heavy lifting or strenuous work)?

  • Are workers trained in lifting practices?

  • Do workers request assistance for heavy or awkward lifting tasks?

  • Do workers warm before heavy lifting to avoid strain injuries?

  • Are adequate rest breaks allocated to allow workers time to recover?

6.2 Confined Space

  • Code of Practice for Confined Space available on-site?<br>SWMS states COP to be made available on entry sites.

  • SWP available on-site, signed by all workers?

  • Emergency rescue plan discussed and adequate?

  • Emergency rescue equipment/trailer and medical supplies available on-site?

  • Communication system in place?

  • Entry permit available and progressively completed as required for activity?

  • Risk assessment completed and necessary controls are in place e.g. Ventilation, gas monitoring, barriers in place etc?

  • Workers are nominated for positions e.g. Worker entering space, competent worker in charge and 3rd worker to assist with spotting or activating emergency response plan?

  • Access and egress are clear as is reasonable practicable?

  • Permit completed and all equipment removed?

6.3 Falls - Working at Height (Generic)

  • Risk assessment conducted?

  • Are workers trained in working at heights?<br> - Evidence provide e.g. tickets?

  • Height of work and regulations checked?

  • Is there electricity power cables in close proximity to the work?<br>- Have effective controls been implemented?<br>- Essential energy notified 13 20 80 to conduct preliminary risk assessment if required?

  • Correct edge protection in place and to a structural strength?<br>AS/NZS 1576 Scaffold Series?

  • Fall protection device includes AS/NZS 1891.1<br>- a secure fence<br>- edge protection<br>- working platforms and;<br>- covers

  • Surfaces are structurally capable of supporting all persons and things that may be located or placed on it?

  • Surface materials not brittle?<br>- skylights identified?<br>

  • Pitch of roof assessed?<br>- less than 15 degrees?<br>- worker no closer than 3 metre from edge?<br>- how is this controlled?

  • If no edge protection and the roof is flat and is less than 15 degrees the following applies:<br>1. Conduct a risk assessment?<br>2. Floor sound and not slippery?<br>3. No person is to be within 3 metres of the edge?<br>4. Optional - 3 metre line is identified with a barrier or adequate controls that ensures a person cannot cross?

  • Loose objects secured from falling?

6.4 Portable Ladders

  • AS/NZS 1892 Portable Ladder?

  • Load rating of 120kg?

  • Ladder placed at 1:4 or no more than 1:6 slope?

  • Is the ladder secure at top and bottom?

  • Does ladder extend 900mm to 1 metre above the landing platform?

  • Fall protection at stepping of point?

  • Are temporary ladders not > 6 metres between successive ladder landings?

6.5 Electrical and Power Tools

  • Is electrical equipment tagged and tested for currency?

  • Is the site shed protected by Residual Current Device (RCD) Electrical circuit breaker?

  • Are power boards used (no double adaptors or piggy backs)?

  • Do portable power tools have RCDs?

  • Are leads inspected daily for damage (Hostile environment)?

6.6 Occupational Noise

  • Have all areas been assessed for the presence of harmful noise levels?

  • Are all workers in the presence of harmful noise levels wearing hearing protection?

  • Hearing protection in good order?

  • Take photo of operator wearing hearing protection and hearing protection being worn

  • Are noise hazard locations identified by safety signs or stickers?

  • Attach Council sticker and mark decibel rating (if available)

  • Are workers wearing hearing protection provided with hearing tests (Based on risk, potentially every 2 years if required to wear hearing protection)? Note: An exemption is in place for this requirement until December 1, 2020.

  • 6. Safety issue
  • Other confined space safety issues

  • Green - Monitor and review
    Yellow - Monitor and maintain strict measures
    Orange - DO NOT PROCEED Review and introduce additional controls to lower the level of risk
    Red - DO NOT PROCEED Immediately introduce further control measures to lower the risk Reassess before proceeding


7.1 Plant (General) - (Evidence required i.e. documentation)

  • Has plant been assessed as safe to use and complaint to Australian standards?

  • Are operators trained and Verified as Competent (VOC); is evidence available?

  • Are daily pre-start checklist completed and faults reported?

  • Are repairs and maintenance conducted in a timely manner (Risk rated)?

7.2 Plant used to Lift Loads

  • Loads requiring calculation must be slung by a competent person i.e a licensed dogman?

  • Are all ropes, slings, chains and lifting attachments inspected daily before use?

  • Are loads properly calculated before lifting commences?

  • Does the Crane operator and Dogman communicate effectively?

7.3 Tag-out, Lockout Procedure (SWP)

  • Do operators understand the initial tag-out procedure?

  • Are tags available in the machine or location?

  • Do mechanics apply their own locks when working on machinery?

  • Are all locks issued to a person keyed identically?

  • Are operators notified of return to service?

  • Are there procedures or SWMS for Isolation, tag-out and lock-out.

7.4 Plant Exclusion Zones

  • Permit completed?

  • Signs in place to identify exclusion zone?

  • Exclusion zones secured?

7.5 Portable Power Tools?

  • Are power tools in good condition?

  • Are adequate storage facilities provided?

  • Are all guards in place?

  • Is hearing protection worn if over 85dB?

  • 7. Safety issue
  • Safety issue


8.1 Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) - Code of Practice for Construction Work

  • Are Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) available on the worksite? (If work is high risk construction work only)?

  • Have workers been inducted and consulted, in the development of SWMS?

  • Are SWMS systematic with steps, hazards and controls?

  • Are SWMS specific to the activity and easy for workers to understand?

  • Do all workers understand SWMS and are they signed off?

  • Are SWMS monitored and reviewed for effectiveness?

  • Are SWMS provided to the principle contractor?

  • Do SWMS meet the minimum standards required by applicable Codes of Practice?

8.2 Safe Work Procedures

  • Are there Safe Work Procedures on the worksite?

  • Have workers working in these activities been inducted and signed off?

  • Are workers assessed for their level of competence against these procedures?

  • That is fully competent, partially competent (periodic supervision) or not yet competent (requiring full supervision)

8.3 Excavation

  • Operator provides evidence of competency?

  • Daily plant inspection checklist completed?

  • For trenches 1.5 metres deep, shoring, benching or battering in place ?

  • Soft or unstable trench walls shored, benched or battered ?

  • Excavated material placed minimum 1 metre from trench (edge of spoil) ?

  • Heavy plant kept clear of trench edge sufficient to eliminate risk of trench collapsing i.e. 1 metre? (Unless geotechnical engineer approves otherwise).

  • Mechanical plant, vehicles, storage of materials (including excavated material) or any other heavy loads should not be
    located in the ‘zone of influence’ of an excavation unless the ground support system installed has been designed by a
    competent person, for example, a geotechnical engineer, to carry such loads

  • Workers clear or out of trench when plant excavating (refer SWP if required) ?

  • Powerlines identified and controls in place e.g. spotter, tiger tails or disconnected?

  • Dial before you dig has been established ?

  • 8. Safety issue
  • Safety issues


9.1 Hazardous Substances (Chemicals) - Code of Practice for Hazardous Substances

  • Are hazardous materials identified and control measures implemented?

  • Are Safety Data Sheets available for all substances used in the workplace?

  • Are all safety data sheets current (not over 5 years old)?

  • Have risk assessments been conducted to eliminate or minimise the type of chemicals used?

  • Are workers trained in the safe handling and application of hazardous chemicals?

  • Do workers follow SDS procedures when handling chemicals?

  • Are chemicals stored properly ( E.g. 110% bunded and in-compatible separation)?

  • Are all containers used for handling chemicals labeled correctly?

  • Is the product identified correctly?<br>- Australian address, business telephone number and manufacturer / import identified?<br>- hazardous chemical pictograms consistent with correct classification?<br>

  • Are first aid treatment and emergency procedures available relevant to the chemical?

  • Do workers using hazardous chemicals require health monitoring (Refer chemical)

  • Are workers wearing PPE as prescribed by the safety data sheet (SDS) for chemical used?


10.1 Environmental Controls

  • Is there an environmental plan in place?

  • Are work practices designed to reduce impacts to the environment?

  • Are sediment barriers used around perimeters of earthworks and waterways?

  • Is dust suppression available (E.g. Water carts)?

  • Are vehicles and plant purchased and maintained to reduce emission levels?

  • Are procedures available for the disposal of waste and used hazardous substances E.g. Safety Data Sheets?

  • Does the company have a recycling policy?

10.2 Storm Water Run-off

  • Weather monitored to implement controls to minimise soil erosion?

  • Silt control fences in place or other?

  • Waterway traps inserted to contain and remove contaminants?

10.3 Site Rehabilitation

  • Are work plans available to include procedures for re-instatement of work sites?

  • Are all locations rehabilitated to meet EPA standard?

  • Bin location prominent, adequate and emptied regularly?

  • All materials removed from sites?

  • No litter strewn around site ?

  • Laydown (repairs and maintenance) areas defined with fluids properly disposed of?


11.1 Hotwork

  • Permit to conduct hot work (Usually encompasses a risk assessment)?

  • Have risk assessments been conducted where hot work presents a risk?

  • Is fire fighting equipment available for fire prone locations?

  • Are flammables or explosive substances removed from location prior to hot work?

  • Spotter available if required within permit?

  • Is correct PPE being worn for task?

  • Welding screens and fire blankets in place?

11.2. Gas Cylinders (Oxygen and Acetylene etc)

  • Are gas cylinder properly stored (chained and secured)?

  • Gas cylinders properly turned off and hoses wound up?

  • PPE available and used for welding or oxy cutting?

  • Cylinders secured, gauges operative, flashback arresters fitted and hoses in good condition?

  • LPG - Is the LPG cylinder stamped as current (Within 5 years) and in serviceable condition?


11.3 Elevated Platforms

  • Are workers trained and competent in the safe operation of plant?

  • Manufacturers or suppliers instructions are consulted on safe operation of plant?

  • Platforms are used as a working platform and not as a means of entering and exiting the work area?<br>Unless the conditions set out in AS 2550.10 Cranes, hoists and winches - Safe use - Mobile elevated platforms are met.

  • Unless designed for rough terrain, the platforms are used only on solid level surface?

  • Workers are licensed (HRWL) when operating boom type elevating work platforms with a boom length of 11 metres or more?

  • Are persons in travel towers, boom lifts, or cherry pickers wearing a properly anchored safety harness?

11.4 Fall Arrest System

  • Do restraint systems conform to AS/NZS 1891 industrial fall arrest systems and devices?

  • Does each anchorage point conform to AS/NZS 1891.4 industrial fall arrest systems devices - selection, use and maintenance?

  • Are fall arrest systems and devices inspected by a competent person at regular intervals to manufacturers specifications?

  • Is there a minimum of two persons on site to activate an emergency rescue in the event of a person falling?

  • Are the fall arrest systems adequate for the type of working at height activity?

  • Are workers trained in working at height? Provide evidence?<br>Competence person providing full supervision for untrained workers?<br>

  • Is a safe work method statement available for the activity of high risk construction work?<br>Excluding minor work exemptions and those definitions?

  • Do persons in charge have access to the Code of practice for Falls<br>Are they aware of the Code of Practice for Falls?

11.5 Scaffold - Documentation

  • Handover certificate on-site E.g. Scaff tag?

  • Has steel wire mesh/shade cloth or containment sheeting been erected to protect members of the public or workers from falling objects?

  • Where the working platform is less than 4 metres, was it erected by a competent person? Are procedures in place to inspect scaffolding every 30 days?

  • System in place in place to inspect after trades have used scaffolding e.g. Form workers, concreters, brick layers, tillers etc?

  • Is a work method statement or appropriate documentation available for management on-site once erected?

  • Is there a system in placed to prevent damage to the scaffolding from loads suspended from a crane and is it recorded in SWMS?

  • Have trades been inducted on the safe use of the scaffolding?

  • Is metallic scaffold a minimum of 4 metres from overhead powerlines?

  • Where overhead powerlines (up to and including 1000 volts) cannot be de-energised and isolated, are tiger tails installed by the network operator for the full length of the scaffold plus a minimum distance beyond each end of the scaffold of 5 metres?

  • 34.10 Has the network operator e.g. Essential Energy, been contacted to conduct a risk assessment where uncertainty exists or scaffold is within 4 metres or above 1000 volts of powerlines?

11.6 Mobile Scaffold

  • Are details available for scaffold WLL and/or a compliance plate?

  • No unauthorised alterations prevalent?

  • Kickboards or toe boards in place to prevent falling objects?

  • Scaffold level and plumb at all times?

  • Kept well clear of powerlines, open floor edges and penetrations?

  • Is not accessed until castors are locked to prevent movement?

  • Is never moved while anyone is on it?

  • Is only accessed using external ladders?

  • Has a trap door for a hazard free platform?


13. Asbestos

  • Asbestos removalist has applicable license (Class A Friable or Class B Non-Friable less than 10 Square metres)?

  • Asbestos management plan available at the worksite (SWMS acceptable provided compliant)?

  • Is a licensed asbestos removalist on location?

  • Are workers wearing the correct PPE when handling asbestos?

  • Are all workers trained in the handling and removal work (Provide evidence)?

  • Are suitable suppression of asbestos equipment of processes being used?

  • Is adequate signage and fencing in place for asbestos contaminated locations?

  • Are there adequate decontamination facilities for workers?


  • Brief descriptions of work involving silica (e.g., cutting engineered concrete).

  • Does the work and location require air monitoring to determine the airbourne concentration of silica dust in the worker's breathing zone? I.e., in an enclosed environment e.g., workshop cubicle or well etc.

  • Are engineering controls applied to eliminate or minimise the risk? If so, describe.

  • Can Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) be used? (Describe type or take photo)

  • Drills, routers, saws and other similar type equipment fitted with LEVs?.

  • Sign(s) displayed identifying silica dust hazard at this worksite?

  • Correct PPE worn for the task?

  • Respirator types and other protective equipment for the task.

  • Is the respirator a good close fit to the face?

  • Water feed attached to equipment?

  • Is water suppression method being used?

  • Adequate number of water feeds directed at the material with a consistent water flow?

  • Guards fitted to mitigate mist containing silica?

  • Site, clothing, plant and equipment cleaned or disposed of to ensure silica dust is not generated when dried out?

WHS Summary and rating

WHS Officer

  • Overall summary and rating

  • Name and signature of person conducting compliance audit

Site Supervisor

  • Comments

  • Name and signature of person in charge of worksite

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