Title Page

  • Site conducted

  • Document No.

  • Team audited

  • Conducted on

  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Personnel

Team/Department Details

  • What division does the team fall under?

  • How many staff work within the team?

  • Are agency staff used?

  • Do staff work remotely?

  • What work activities are carried out by the team?

  • What does the manager consider to be the key hazards arising from the work of the team?

Policy Arrangements

  • Is the manager aware of the location of Corporate H&S Arrangements and Guidance documents?

  • Is it evident that staff are aware of the employee assistance program (EAP)?

  • Is the departments organisation chart available and up to date?

  • Is a business continuity plan in place?

  • Is there evidence of departmental and or team meetings where health and safety matters are discussed?

  • Do all workers have access to Employee Safety Handbook? Is evidence available?


  • Has the manager undertaken the British Safety Council Level 2 Certificate in supervising staff safely in the last 5 years?

  • Date of training

  • Is there evidence to demonstrate Induction Training has been completed (this may include both corporate/standard induction and localised)?

  • Is there evidence that staff have completed mandatory Computer Based Training (CBT):

  • DSE (annually)

  • Risk Assessment (every 3 years)

  • Fire Safety (every 3 years)

  • Have the additional training needs of the team been identified (e.g. training matrix, risk assessment etc)?

Risk Assessments

  • Do Risk Assessments on light review cover the hazards associated with the work activities typically faced by the team and those affected by their undertakings?

  • Manual handling

  • Use of work equipment

  • DSE

  • Work at height

  • Lone working and violence at work

  • Workplace transport

  • Hazardous substances

  • Are there other activities/tasks that have not been risk assessed?

  • Give details of activities/tasks not risk assessed

  • Have risk assessments been subject to a regular review and/or review following a related accident or changes to activities or the workplace in consultation with staff?

  • Is there evidence that the results of the risk assessments have been communicated and are accessible to all employees?

  • Are there up-to-date Safe Systems of Work, procedures or protocols for tasks which require one (i.e. tasks that rely on staff following a set procedure to ensure safe completion)?

  • When were they last reviewed?


  • Have all members of the team completed an individual COVID-19 risk assessment to allow the manager to consider the risks to workers who are particularly vulnerable?

  • Has a COVID-19 team risk assessment covering the work activities of the team been carried out and kept under review?

Managers H&S Self Audit

  • Has the manager undertaken a managers self-audit in the last 12 months?

  • Have localised H&S issues arising from the managers self-audit been addressed and where relevant is it evidenced?


  • Can the manager explain the process or reporting all accidents, incidents, fires and violence and abuse using the Councils Electronic Reporting System (CLASSI)

  • Are managers broadly aware of the reporting requirements under RIDDOR, particularly reporting timescales?

  • Are the findings from an investigation communicated to employees where appropriate?

  • Where applicable are risk assessments and safe systems of work reviewed following an accident/incident?

Home Working and DSE

  • Have all staff working at home completed a home working assessment and measures implemented for regular contact to ensure they are healthy and safe?

  • Have DSE self assessment questionnaires been completed by users?

Lone Working and Violence at Work

  • Do staff work alone or have contact with the public?

  • Has lone working and violence at work been risk assessed in accordance with the Councils Lone Working Policy Arrangements?

  • Does the lone worker risk assessment consider the use of the Councils lone worker device (micro-guard)?

  • Can the manager explain how they access the micro-guard portal to update and verify user details and escalation contacts for staff issued with a lone worker device?

  • For staff issued with a lone worker device are regular non-usage checks carried out?

  • Does the lone working/violence at work risk assessment consider Conflict Management Training and has it been carried out where required?

  • Is the manager aware of the Cautionary Contacts Database and its intended use?

  • Do the teams have clear written procedures and safe systems in place to ensure the safety of their lone working staff?

Work Equipment

  • Is work equipment (apart from lap tops and monitors) used by the team?

  • Are risk assessments available for work equipment?

  • Are relevant policies/guidance on machinery use (eg HAV) available?

  • Have staff been trained on equipment and records available?

  • Are records of maintenance available for equipment?

  • Is there a schedule of works showing inspections at least annually?

  • Do staff perform daily or pre-use checks of equipment?

  • Is work equipment regularly inspected and maintained inline with guidance and instructions?

  • Is there a record or receipt of PPE provided or made available for workers to use?

Manual Handling

  • Is Manual Handling a concern for the team?

  • Are manual handling risk assessments available?

  • Has appropriate manual handling training taken place?

  • Are mechanical aids/equipment i.e wheelbarrow/trolley available to ensure handling of heavy objects is kept to a minimum?


  • Could staff come into contact with Asbestos or influence work with asbestos?

  • Has asbestos awareness training taken place

  • Are staff aware of how they are to receive appropriate asbestos information (either from LBE Asbestos Register or own survey) confirming asbestos is not present in the area being disturbed?

  • Are staff aware of the councils Asbestos Policy and its broad requirements?

  • Asbestos surveys completed by UKAS accreddited companies

  • All ACM to be removed or worked on by HSE licensed asbestos contractor before refurbishment work commences?

  • For internal work, reassurance air testing carried out by an independent UKAS Accredited Air Monitoring Company


  • Are hazardous agents used or encountered by the team?

  • Is an inventory of hazardous agents kept?

  • Are Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available for hazardous chemicals used or stored?

  • Are COSHH assessments available and up to date?

  • Have actions identified in COSHH assessments been carried out?

  • Are staff using hazardous agents aware of the COSHH assessments and following requirements from them?

  • Have safe working procedures been developed and documented from COSHH assessments?

  • Has suitable PPE been selected using COSHH risk assessments?

Work at height

  • Is work at height undertaken?

  • Has a suitable risk assessment been completed for work at height activities?

  • Are safe systems of work in place for work at height?

  • Are Ladders or access equipment regularly inspected for defects?

  • Are records kept of ladder and access equipment inspections?


  • Are Council owned vehicles used?

  • Where required has a suitable workplace transport risk assessment been produced?

  • Where applicable does the workplace transport risk assessment include a site plan showing, directions of travel, parking, traffic control measures etc.?

  • Do vehicles have a current MOT certificate?

  • Are vehicles regularly serviced by a competent person as required by the manufacturer?

  • Are daily vehicle checks carried out and Recorded?

  • Are procedures in place for reporting and recording vehicle defects?

  • Are periodic driver licence checks completed and records maintained?

  • Have any vehicle related accidents involving staff members been reported in the last twelve months?

  • Is there evidence of smoking in vehicles?

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