Fire safety and emergency response

  • Safety rules and evacuation routes are prominently displayed.

  • The area has an audible evacuation alarm.

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

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

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

Management Procedures

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

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


  • The room is clean and tidy.

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

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

  • Walls and ceilings are in safe and good condition.

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

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

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

  • There is adequate ventilation.

  • The lighting is adequate to work safely in.

Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings

  • All furniture is safe and in good company condition.

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

  • Hanging displays are not hazardous.


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

  • Requires resources and equipment are stored safely.

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

  • Storage methods are used that will eliminate or minimise accidents (heavy objects stored between mid-thigh and shoulder height).

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 is tested and tagged as required.

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

  • All areas have Residual Current Device protection.


  • Other hazards such as sharps, glare, fumes or vermin have been identified.

  • Noise is not a hazard.

  • Animal cages are clean and in good condition.

  • Sink areas are clean and in good working order (I.e. No leaks) where required.

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