1. Working at Heights

1.1. Fall risks of 2m or more? (including voids, pits, and trenches)

1.2. Lack of edge protection?

1.3. Unsafe or incomplete edge protection? If so, is it being corrected or finished immediately?

2. Small Tools and Equipment

2.1. Unsafe or damaged small tools or equipment? (including missing or damaged guards)

2.2. Incorrect small tools /equipment for job? (e.g. grinding discs for cutting)

2.3. Unsafe or incompatible attachments used with small tools /equipment?

2.4. Unlicensed operators?

2.5. Lack of safe work instructions?

2.6. Lack of training in safe operation, clean-up and maintenance?

2.8. Lack of inspection regime?

3. Scaffolds

3.1. Unlicensed persons erecting scaffold above 4m?

3.2. Unsafe or incomplete scaffold? If so, is it tagged accordingly.

3.3. Lack of inspection protocol for scaffold? Is the scaffold tagged as non use, or have inspection log?

3.4. Incompatible scaffold components? Unlabelled or do not meet AS?

3.5. Safe Work Load (SWL) exceeded? (tools, stored materials, number of persons)

4. Lifting Equipment

4.1. Unsafe or damaged equipment?

4.2. Loads lifted over persons, close proximity to obstacles incl. overhead power lines?

4.3. Lack of maintenance, testing and inspection?

4.4. Lack of SWL information displayed?

4.5. Lack of daily inspection protocol?

4.6. Unsafe or damaged lifting equipment, including ropes, slings, chains, hooks?

4.7. Lifting equipment unlabelled, does not meet AS, no SWL displayed?

4.8. Unlicensed operators?

5. Harness and Equipment

5.1. Unsafe or damaged harness or equipment?

5.2. Incompatible hooks/equipment?

5.3. Unlabelled or does not meet AS?

5.4. Unsafe or uncertified anchor points?

5.5. Lack of inspection protocol for equipment?

5.6. Lack of or inadequate formal training for operators?

6. Ladders

6.1. Unsafe or damaged ladders?

6.2. Unsafe positioning or use of ladders?

6.3. Ladder not properly secured?

6.4. Ladder unsuitable for job? (e.g. metal ladder used for electrical work)

7. Hazardous Manual Tasks

7.1. Lack of identification hazardous manual tasks?

7.2. Lack of assessment of hazardous manual tasks?

7.3. Inadequate risk controls? (examples: no job rotation, lighter loads, trolleys, lifting equipment, etc)

7.4. Lack of training in risk controls and safe lifting/ team lifting techniques?

8. Hazardous Chemical (including fuel and oil)

8.1. Unsafe storage location? (e.g. flammables near ignition sources, spills could enter stormwater drains, etc)

8.2. Incompatible chemicals stored near each other?

8.3. Inadequate spill containment equipment?

8.4. Safety Data Sheets not accessible on site?

8.5. Lack of emergency procedures for injury/spills/fire etc?

8.6. Excessive quantities stored on site or in vehicles?

8.7. Insufficient ventilation?

8.8. Insufficient, or incorrect, PPE?

8.9. Unsuitable storage containers? (unlabeled or stored in food containers)

9. Emergency Response

9.1. Lack of, or no emergency plans for site?

9.2. Emergency procedures not displayed at site?

9.4. Lack of, or inadequate first aid kits aid equipment for site?

10. Traffic Management

10.1. Lack of, or inadequate, Traffic Management Plan (TMP) in place?

10.2. Lack of training in TMP for all persons on site?
(contractors and visitors)

10.3. Inadequate controls for TMP? (physical barriers, bollards, speed limits, flashing lights, spotters, etc)

11. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

11.1. Lack of, or inadequate PPE (including sun protection), hardhats, eye glasses, safety vests/ colors, long pants, masks, gloves, etc.

11.2. Lack of system to issue, inspect, replace and monitor PPE?

11.3. Lack of training in safe use, clean-up and inspection of PPE?

12. Work Environment

12.1. Lack of/or inadequate amenities? (toilets, wash areas, lunch rooms, etc)

12.2. Insufficient lighting?

12.3. Inadequate housekeeping? Is the job-site (inside and outside) clean and organized?

12.4. Lack of, or inadequate noise/ vibration control?

13. Electrical Hazards

13.1. Unsafe electrical leads/ cords? (damaged, out of test date or untested)

13.2. Lack of Ground fault protection?

13.4. Contact with overhead electrical lines?

13.5. Overloading outlets?

13.6. Leads placed on ground or on metal structures?

13.7. Electrical equipment near water?

13.8. Electrical equipment near flammables?

13.9. Electrical equipment near chemicals that could cause damage?

13.10. Electrical leads that may be damaged from contact with moving machinery parts?

13.11. Electrical leads on work surfaces?

13.12. Lack of Lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) procedures for electrical equipment?

14. Environmental Hazards

Is your vehicle tracking pad in place? Is your site tracking mud/ dirt onto public or private streets?

14.1. Lack of/or inadequate Environmental Management plan (EMP)? Is your erosion control log up to date?

14.2. Lack of/or inadequate, dust suppression system?

14.3. Lack of/or inadequate systems to prevent contaminants entering stormwater drains?

15. Administrative Procedures

15.1. Lack of/or inadequate Site Safety Plan?

15.2. Failure to obtain permits (Council, EPA, WHS, also Hot Works, Confined Space etc)

15.4. Lack of, or inadequate, supervisory arrangements? Do you need input and help from your project manager?

15.5. Lack of/or inadequate training, licenses, skills, experience? Does anyone on the project need training, licensing, or put on notice?

15.6. Lack of/or inadequate Safe Work Method Statements (SWSM) for high- risk work? Have you prepared for and communicated the safety procedures for high risk scopes of work, I.e. steel erection?

15.8. Lack of/or inadequate incident notification procedures?

15.9. Lack of, or inadequate, routine inspections, monitoring, audits?

Corrective Actions

Enter any corrective actions that will be undertaken. Take pictures of some of the safe and at-risk items as part of this report.

Sign Off
Name of anyone onsite that was notified of unsafe work practices as part of this audit.
Auditor's signature
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.