Fire Safety and Emergency Response

  • Safety rules, emergency information and evacuation routes are prominently displayed.

  • Alarm can be heard in this area.

  • Doorways, walkways and evacuation exits kept clear and at least 600mm wide.

  • External exit doors can be opened from the inside without a key and emergency fire door exits are signed.

  • Fire control equipment is easily accessible, signed, regularly tested and of the appropriate type.

  • Emergency lighting operational if mandated.

  • The facility has emergency isolation fo gas.

  • An approved first aid kit is readily available and stocked appropriately.

Management Procedures

  • Safe operating procedures are displayed with all potentially hazardous equipment.

  • Required personal protective equipment is available and in good condition.


  • Area is clean and tidy.

  • There is sufficient space for each person to perform their work safely.

  • Floor surfaces are maintained in a safe condition and suitable for the type of activities conducted.

  • Walls, ceilings and roofs are safe and in good condition.

  • Steps/stairs/ramps are in a safe condition with a non-slip surface, and secure handrails where needed.

  • Doors, windows, locks and latches are in good condition and working order.

  • Guarding (mesh) is fitted or signage in place for any fragile roof areas.

  • There is adequate ventilation.

  • Fly screens are fitted to windows and doors.

  • The sinks and drains are clear (I.e. Not blocked)

  • The lighting is adequate to work safely.

Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings

  • All furniture is safe and in good condition.

  • Light fittings/fixtures and ceiling fans are in good condition and working order.

  • All bench surfaces in good condition (no cracks, damaged laminex etc)


  • Flammable material is stored and handled in a safe manner.

  • Required resources and equipment are stored safely.

  • Free standing shelves/cupboards are secured to ensure stability.

  • Waster containers are readily available.

Hazardous Substances

  • Current (within 5 years) material safety data sheets are readily available for hazardous substances.

  • Hazardous substances are stored and labelled appropriately.


  • Electrical equipment is in good condition and tested as required by the department's electrical testing procedure.

  • Power boards, air pumps, power cords and power outlets are at least 200mm above any source of water.

  • All new power boards purchased will have an overload switch.

  • The area has Residual Current Device (RCD) protection.

  • Stoves/cookers have an isolation switch.

  • Electrical cords/cables are kept clear of walkways etc.


  • Manuals are available for operating equipment and machinery.

  • A maintenance register is in place for all equipment and machinery that requires regular maintenance.

  • The moving parts of all machinery and equipment are guarded in accordance with the regulations.

  • All machines are fitted with appropriate safety signs and SOP's.

  • No machinery or equipment is hazardous due to noise, fumes or other factors.

Cold rooms

  • Cold room doors can be opened from tn inside without a key.

  • There is lighting and a light switch available in the cold room.

  • E cold room/refrigerator is at the recommended temperature/s.


  • Hazards such as sharps, glare, noise, fumes or vermin have been identified.

  • Hand-washing facilities are available.

  • All gas pipes are clearly labeled.

  • All ho liquid containers have lids to prevent scalds.

  • Heat resistant gloves/mitts are available.

  • A fume extraction system is in place where required.

  • Isolation valves ar readily accessible and clearly labeled.

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