Audit

Car park and outside entry area

Is the car park free of broken glass and general rubbish?

Are the common walk ways free of trip hazards including potholes?

Is gate, fences or signage free from damage?

Has the garden been maintained this month? For example removal of weeds and mowing.

Is the lighting adequate for early morning/late evening pick ups during winter?

Site access for fire fighting vehicles is free from obstruction.

Centre entry/foyer

Is the area free of any trip, or slip hazards?

No items blocking passageways, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Is there access to safety information for parents such as brochures or flyers?

Is the door locking security button functioning?

Is the switchboard cupboard locked?

Fire extinguishers properly located, signed and checked?

Fire extinguishers pressure gauge is in the "green"?

Are emergency exit signs illuminated?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Do the electrical points have child protection devices installed?

Is there a mat provided for drying shoes?

Reception and office area

Is the area free of unnecessary trip hazards?

No items blocking passageways, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Is the testing and tagging current for all electrical leads?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Do the office staff have access to ergonomic information?

Is the plaster of the walls in good condition? Free of cracks or holes as plaster can be hazardous when damaged

It's the keypad working on the door to the hallway?

Is the Emergency Management Plan in a prominent position?

Is the office tidy and the books and folders stored neatly?

Are staff training and induction records available and up to date?

Sign in register is being used correctly? (You may need to sample a few names)

Are rules for contractors/tradespersons being adhered to (i.e. inductions, JSA, permits, etc.)

Is the furniture and equipment adequate and in good working order?

Have new employees been introduced to the emergency action plan?

Consulting rooms

Emergency management plans in a prominent position?

Clean and free of trip hazards?

All leads tested and tagged?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Is there a high risk for manual handling?

Are the walls free of damage?

Staff room

Is the room free of trip hazards? Such as handbags on the floor.

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Is the seating in good condition?

OHS Notice board up to date?

Are all leads tested and tagged?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Kitchens

No items blocking passageway, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Fire extinguishers properly located, signed and checked?

Fire extinguisher pressure gauge is in the "green"?

Fire blanket available?

Hand washing information available?

Hand washing tap is on a sensor?

Children's allergy information available?

Are staff lifting correctly? (Avoiding twisting the back and holding objects at a distance)

Are all leads tested and tagged?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Are all chemicals labelled?

Wet floor signs available?

Food appropriately stored?

Are the floors and benches clean?

Cooking equipment is clean?

Rubbish bins are emptied regularly?

Floor mats clean both on top and under?

Emergency exit plan displayed?

Floors free of oil, grease, or any other slip or trip hazards?

Access to first aid?

Exhaust fans clean?

Cook using correct manual handling techniques when using dish washer?

OHSC

Are the emergency exit signs visible and illuminated?

No items blocking passageway, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Emergency evacuation map on display?

Is the storage area clean and tidy?

Are staff lifting correctly? (Avoiding twisting the back and holding objects at a distance)

Are all leads tested and tagged?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Is there a supervision plan in place and are the staff aware of it?

Are the chemical spray bottles labelled and out of reach from children?

Is the first aid equipment available and stocked?

Do the staff have access to hi vis vests for transporting kids?

Does the room lay out allow clear walkways?

Is the rubbish bin being emptied regularly?

Room is free from staff medication?

Is there a wet floor sign available?

Are toys and surfaces being washed regularly?

Are the walls free of damage?

Fire extinguishers properly located, signed and checked?

Fire extinguisher pressure gauge is in the "green"?

Baby room

Are the emergency exit signs visible and illuminated?

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Emergency evacuation sign available?

Staff are not drinking hot drinks in the room?

Access to first aid in the room?

Are the chemical spray bottles labelled and out of reach from children?

Do all cots have functioning wheels?

Toilets are clean and free from slip and trip hazards?

Nappy change area has an adequate amount of hand washing products?

Are bathroom checks being completed and have they been cleaned to an acceptable standard?

Are toys being picked up on a regular basis to reduce trips and falls?

Are staff lifting correctly? (Avoiding twisting the back and holding objects at a distance)

Soiled nappies are being disposed of correctly?

Is the furniture and equipment in working order?

Is hand washing information available?

Are soiled clothing being put into plastic bags?

Have staff cleaned the bathrooms safely? Eg wet floor signs and gloves.

Is children's allergy informations availavble?

Are staff using adult chairs?

Are staff supervising effectively?

Do the power points have safety plugs installed?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Are all leads tested and tagged?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Child care rooms

Are emergency exit signs visible and illuminated?

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Are the chemical spray bottles labelled and out of reach from children?

Are staff using adult chairs?

Are staff using correct manual handling techniques? ( also not lifting children that can walk unless required)

Are the change stairs in good working order?

Are staff supervising effectively?

Are the bathrooms clean and free from slip and trip hazards?

Wet floor signs available?

Is hand washing information available in the bathrooms?

Are toys being picked up on a regular basis to reduce trips and falls?

Bins are being emptied regularly?

Heavy items and appliances cannot be knocked or pulled off benches and strike children?

Access to first aid equipment?

Sun smart info available?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Staff medication is kept out of the room?

Children's allergy information available?

Laundry and chemical storage

Is the door locked?

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Is PPE available? Gloves, mask, glasses?

All electrical leads tagged?

Electrical appliances in safe working order and switched off, (where appropriate), when not in use?

Is the dryer lint catcher being cleaned regularly to prevent fire?

Is the area free of slip trip and fall hazards?

Are all appliances in working order?

Are staff lifting correctly? (Avoiding twisting the back and holding objects at a distance)

Storage room

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Are heavier items stored at waist height to prevent injury?

Chemicals labelled and MSDS available for all chemicals stored.

Hallway

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Hand wash available outside doors?

Are emergency exit signs visible and illuminated?

Playground

Is the entry and exits clearly marked and visible?

No items blocking passage ways, fire doors, and exits?

Is the area free from non-essential items and rubbish?

Emergency evacuation map on display?

Sharp objects removed or contolled? Eg. Iron veggie patch

Are staff carrying kids through the playground?

Is the privacy screening in good condition?

Are bins available and being emptied regularly?

Is the shade adequate?

Are trip hazards being controlled (toys)?

Is the yard being maintained?

Is there first aid kits available for playground injuries?

Sunscreen available?

Outdoor electrical points have safety plugs installed?

Animals secure and hutch free from hazards to kids?

Staff are supervising effectively?

Do you have cones available for isolating hazards?

General safety requirements

Have the first aid kits been checked using the first aid check list and contents are stocked?

Are all emergency backpack contents regularly checked and stocked?

Is the emergency mobile phone charged and has credit?

Hazard identification forms have been offered to staff?

Have the hazards identified been communicated to the centre director?

Barbecue gas cylinders are stored correctly, and the fittings are in safe working order.

Empty gas cylinders are removed from the area?

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.