Classrooms and Teaching Spaces

Classroom(s)

Use this section of the form to record findings for each of the classrooms you inspect.

Add a classroom to the inspection schedule

Classroom

Room number

Room type

Reason for auditing this room

Nature of incident

Moving around the room

Turn on guidance

Check the entrance(s) to the room. Does the door open freely? Is the route to and from the door free from obstructions on both sides?

Is there enough space in the room for staff and pupils to move easily around the space?

Are there any slip or trip hazards? Look for uneven floors, worn carpet, trailing cables etc.

Entrance / exit routes

Obstacles

Slip / trip hazards

Fabric of the room

Turn on guidance

Make sure the door is in good condition and that the handle, lock and auto closer work.

Check the windows are in door condition and can be opened/closed easily. Are any restrictors functioning correctly?

Check condition of walls and ceilings. Note where plaster is coming loose. Are ceiling tiles in good condition?

Examine heating pipes and radiators to make sure that children are unlikely to scald themselves or to get hands stuck behind them.

Are the lights all working? Are the switches and sockets safe?

Is there any known asbestos in the room? Is it in a safe condition still? Has anyone punctured the walls, ceiling or floor without testing for asbestos?

Door(s)

Windows

Walls / ceilings

Radiators / heating pipes

Lights

Electrical fittings inc fuseboards

Fixed furniture

Compliance with arrangements for managing asbestos

Portable items

Turn on guidance

Check condition of furniture and equipment in the room. Ensure there are no sharp edges protruding and that all furniture is stable and in good condition.

Check that equipment in the room is well maintained and has been tested. If uncertain / testing records are not present, then flag for maintenance by qualified staff.

Make sure extension reels (if in use) are not being used in a wound up condition

desks

chairs

Instructors desk

Instructors chair

Other furniture

Equipment (non electrical)

Electrical equipment

Have electrical devices been PAT tested in last 2 years?

If devices are not PAT tested, then you must select Unsafe above

Housekeeping

Turn on guidance

Consider how the room is being looked after. Are there any hazardous substances left unsecured in the room? Are there any unlabelled containers present?

If items are stored at height, consider the risk posed to those who have to life them up / down. Are appropriate arrangements in place?

If there is a storeroom or stock cupboard, is it well lit? Are materials in freestanding cupboards and cabinets stacked in such a way as they may fall out when the cupboard is accessed?

Assess the standard of cleanliness in the room.

Are any hazardous substances left out in the room?

Is anything stored at height in the room? Enter details.

Can those items be accessed safely?

Action required:

Is the room generally tidy?

What action is needed?

Is the room generally clean?

What action is needed?

Fire Action Notice present?

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.