Previous Audit Report

  • Has the previous audit report been closed out?

  • Have all previous issues been cleared?

Management Controls

  • Check that a signed copy of Form 10 has been sent to the local HSE office and that a copy is displayed on site.

  • Check employers and public liability insurance certificates are valid and on display.

  • Ensure a new style Accident Book (which complies with the Data Protection Act) is provided on site and is available to all personnel

  • Ensure all site operatives, including sub-contractors have a valid CSCS/SKILL card.

  • Ensure operatives CSCS/SKILL cards/registration are appropriate for the work being undertaken

  • Management controls compliant?


  • Have appropriate signs/notices been erected around the site i.e. mandatory use of PPE, Incomplete Scaffolds, No Smoking, Traffic Management, Fire assembly, Fist Aid Points etc.

  • Ensure site safety rules are displayed in a prominent position e.g. reception, canteen, site office etc.

Access and Egress

  • Is there safe access and egress to all working areas of the site?

  • Are walkways free from obstructions and stored materials?

  • Access and Egress compliant?

Asbestos Management

  • Has an asbestos survey been carried out?

  • Is the removal company licenced?

  • Is the work being carried out in a controlled and safe manner?

  • Asbestos Management Compliant?

Compressed Gasses (e.g. LPG, Acetylene)

  • Are the properly stored in a purpose made cage?

  • Are gasses segregated by type?

  • Compressed gasses compliant?

Confined Spaces

  • Is there a risk assessment for the confined spaces work?

  • Controls should include atmospheric monitoring, emergency escape arrangements, adequate supervision (i.e.: a top man outside of the confined space), method of raising the alarm and safe access/egress etc.

  • Check permits are closed and cancelled upon completion of the works.

  • Confined Spaces compliant?


  • Has a system been established for employees to comment and be consulted on health, safety and welfare issues.

  • Ensure appropriate Tool Box Talks are given to all employees and that the Tool Box Talks are appropriate and relevant to the work being undertaken.

  • Consultation compliant?

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

  • Have COSSH Assessments been carried out for all potentially hazardous materials and substances being used on the site.

  • Are material safety data sheets available to assist with COSHH assessments.

  • COSHH Compliant?

Demolition Operations

  • Has a competent person been appointed to oversee the demolition operations?

  • Has the structural stability been checked and are temporary supports in place where required?

  • Is the area barried off and suitably signs in place.?

  • Is there adequate dust suppression where required?

  • Is there sutable noise controls in place?

  • Is material being removed from site on a regular basis and not allowed to accumulate?

  • Are all demolition operatives adiquitly trained, supervised and instructed?

  • Demolition Operations compliant?

Electrical Equipment

  • Check that all necessary utility services are provided on site before work begins.

  • Ensure that existing services e.g.: electricity cables, gas mains etc have been identified and effective steps have been taken to prevent danger from them.

  • Check that low voltage tools and equipment are being used wherever possible.

  • Check that only 110v CTE hand tool etc are in use.

  • Check that tools and equipment are visually checked and regularly inspected/tested by a competent person. (PAT)

  • Ensure that cables and trailing leads are not trip hazards.

  • Ensure that suitable and sufficient task lighting is provided to enable operatives to safely carry out their work.

  • Electrical Equipment compliant?

Environmental Management

  • Site wide issues

  • Is there any evidence of nesting birds, if so are protection measures adiquate?

  • Is there any evidence of invasive plants, if so are precautions adiquate?

  • General Environmental Management

  • Are weekly environmental checks taking place?

  • Any evidence of liaison with local schools?

  • Are spill kits available?

  • Working near water?

  • Environmental Management compliant?


  • Ensure that checks are made to determine the presence of any buried services before and during all excavation works.

  • All excavations should be carried out in accordance with a detailed method statement s and permit to dig. Is there a permit to dig?

  • Check that there is adequate support and propping for the excavation, or whether it has been sloped or battered back to a safe angle.

  • Check that there is safe access into the excavation (i.e.: a sufficiently long and secured ladder).

  • Check that barriers or other protection to stop people/vehicles falling in are in place.

  • Ensure that the excavation is regularly inspected by a competent person and that a record of such inspections is maintained.

  • Excavations/Earthwork compliant?

Fire Risks and Management

  • Ensure there are emergency procedures for evacuating the site in case of a fire, flood, explosion etc.

  • Ensure all staff know what these procedures are and that they form part of the site induction.

  • Check that there is an adequate means of raising the alarm, and that it is regularly tested.

  • Ensure that there are adequate escape routes and that these are kept clear of obstructions.

  • Ensure that the quantity of flammable materials, liquids and gases are kept to a minimum and are adequately stored.

  • Check that suitable fire extinguishers are provided and that they are maintained and in a good condition.

  • Check that all fire extinguishers have had an annual inspection.

  • Fire Risk and Management compliant?

First Aid

  • An appropriate number of trained and qualified first aiders should be available on the site.

  • Are the names of all first aiders detailed on the site notice board?

  • The location of the first aid box should be indicated on the site notice board and the door of the room in which it is contained. Are they clearly indicated?

  • Signs directing persons to the site of the first aid book should also be provided.

  • Be checked and replenished on a regular basis.

  • First Aid requirements compliant?


  • Ensure Debris is not be allowed to collect around the site.

  • Ensure materials are stored in an appropriate manner so as not to cause damage to or a weakening of the material.

  • Housekeeping compliant?

Health & Safety Management Plan

  • Ensure the project management plan is up to date and signed by all relevant parties.

  • Is an emergency plan defined and in place complete with emergency contact numbers?

  • Health and Safety Management Plan compliant?


  • Ensure all staff receive a site specific safety induction before starting work.

  • Ensure the safety induction firstbornprocess is regularly reviewed and updated to take account of changes in site conditions etc.

  • Are all visitors including the client representatives being inducted?

Lifting Operations/Equipment

  • Ensure a (competent) Appointed Person co-ordinates all lifting operations.

  • Have all lifting operation got a valid lifting plan?

  • Ensure that all lifting equipment has been tested and installed by a competent person and is regularly maintained and inspected.

  • Check that the operators are trained and competent.

  • Check that the rated capacity/safe working load is clearly marked.

  • Ensure lifting operations do not take place near overhead power lines and excavations.

  • Lifting Operations/Equipment compliant?

Low Level Access Including Steps and Podiums

  • Are podiums used before steps are allowed?

  • Are podiums free from defects?

  • Are steps class 1 as defined in EN131?

  • Is there a risk assessment in place for the use of steps?

  • Low level access compliant?

Manual Handling

  • Ensure that a manual handling risk assessment has been completed wherever regular lifting of heavy loads is required.

  • Check the suitability of using wheelbarrows, hoists, telehandlers and other plant or machinery so that manual handling of heavy objects is kept to a minimum.

  • Manual Handling compliant?

Mobile Scaffold Towers

  • Check that proprietary tower scaffolds have been erected and are being used in accordance with the suppliers instructions.

  • Check that the wheels of any tower scaffold have been locked when in use and check that the platform is empty when being moved.

  • Are they tagged safe for use?

  • Mobile Towers compliant?

Occupational Health, HAV'S, Noise and Associated Health Risks

  • Check that exposure to HAV has been reduced as much as possible by selecting suitable work methods and Plant.

  • Noise on site to acceptable levels?

  • Health surveillance available?

  • Occupation health, HAV'S, Noise and associated risks compliant?

Permits to Work

  • Ensure all Work Permits have been checked and reviewed and are valid for the work conditions.

  • Ensure all contractors are working in accordance with permits.

  • Permits compliant?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Ensure that it is suitable for the type of work being undertaken.

  • Check that the PPE is marked with the genuine 'CE' mark to help identify type of protection.

  • Ensure all staff and visitors are wearing minimum correct P.P.E including Hi-Viz vests or jackets, boots and hard hats.

  • Ensure gloves are correct for their application and the activity being undertaken.

  • Check the availability of barrier creams and skin cleansers.

  • Where ear plugs are in use ensure the correct size ear plugs are being worn.

  • Ensure Areas which are mandatory hearing protection zones are signed as such using the appropriate signs.

  • PPE requirements compliant?

Plant & Equipment

  • Ensure that tools and equipments are stored correctly to avoid damage to the equipment and persons.

  • Ensure that the right tools and equipment are being used for the right job.

  • Check that all dangerous parts are guarded e.g. gears, chain, drives, projecting engine shafts etc.

  • Check that tools are 110 volt and that a residual current device (RCD) is used for additional protection.

  • Plant

  • Ensure all Plant and Machinery is inspected on a weekly basis by a competent person and recorded in a Plant Inspection Register.

  • Are all plant operators trained and hold a valid plant operators card for the categories being operated?

  • Plant and Equipment compliant?

Registers and Records

  • Check the site Inspection Registers for items such as scaffolding, excavations, coffer dams, plant and other equipment have been completed in a timely fashion.

  • Registers and Records compliant?

Risk Assessments and Method Statements

  • Ensure all Method Statements have been prepared by a competent person and have been checked, reviewed and signed.

  • Are method statements adequate and suitable for the task?

  • Does the method statement offer the necessary controls and required level of protection?

  • Ensure all contractors are working in accordance with the method statement.

  • Risk Assessments and Method Statements compliant?

Scaffolding/Working platforms

  • Check that any scaffold erection, alteration or dismantling is carried out by a competent person.

  • Ensure that there are effective warning notices in place to stop any person using an incomplete scaffold.

  • Check that the scaffold is strong enough to carry the weight of materials stored on it and that they are evenly distributed.

  • Ensure that a competent person inspects the scaffold regularly, at least once a week; and always after it has been altered, damaged and following extreme weather.

  • Are scaffold tags being utilised?

  • Ensure that these inspections are adequately recorded.

  • Are all scaffolds and working platforms sutable?


  • Are the public fenced off or otherwise protected from the work?

  • Is the perimeter fence secure and un-damaged?

  • Are all gated secured?

  • Are site security arrangements adiquate?

Traffic Management

  • Has a traffic management plan been prepared?

  • Are traffic management arrangement suitable and sufficient ?

  • Have one way or turning points been identified?

  • Are procedures in place for the unloading of vehicles to prevent fall from vehicles?

  • Are traffic management arrangement sutable?

Training and Skill Cards

  • Are all persons trained for their respective tasks?

  • Are Skill Cards available for inspection?

Waste Management

  • Is a waste management plan in place and sutable?

  • Is the plan being maintained?

  • Are waste transfare notes available and correctly filled in?

  • Waste management requirements compliant?

Welfare Facilities

  • Ensure a facility is provided to change, dry and store clothing.

  • Mess facilities should include a place where workers can sit, make hot drinks and prepare food.

  • Mess facilities shall be of sufficient size for the number of employees on site and are provided with heating.

  • Ensure a supply of wholesome drinking water and cups are provided.

  • Ensure sufficient toilets are readily available, maintained, kept clean & are properly lit.

  • Ensure there are washbasins, hot and cold running water, soap and towels.

  • Are welfare facilities compliant?

Working at Height

  • Check that access equipment is erected by competent persons and checked before use.

  • Ensure safe access and egress have been provided to areas.

  • Roof Work

  • Ensure that edge protection is provided to stop people or materials falling.

  • Ensure roof ladders are used in accordance with best practice requirements.

  • Ensure that people are kept away from areas below the roof work.

  • Ladders - Ladders should be used at an angle of 1:4 (75 degrees).

  • Ensure that ladders are in good condition, are not split, warped or have damaged rungs etc.

  • Check whether ladders are suitable for the purpose - only for short term work or for gaining access to another area.

  • Check that ladders rest against a solid level surface and that this is not a fragile or insecure material.

  • Check that ladders are secured to prevent them slipping sideways or backwards.

  • Check that ladders rise a sufficient height above their landing place (approx. 1m or 5 rungs).

  • Are work at height operation in accordance with the W@H Regulations?



Audit Risk Level

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Corrective Actions

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