Title Page

  • Audit title

  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Conducted on

  • Personnel present

  • Document No.

General Details

  • Number of staff currently employed within the team

  • Details of types of work carried out by the team

  • Details of types of work that fall outside of the scope of the team

  • Details of hours worked by the team (weekdays, weekends, evenings etc)

Policy / Documentation

  • Has the team identified and implemented the relevant safety policies held on the Occupational Health and Safety section of the Councils Intranet and taken action to plug any areas not covered?

  • Has a suitable Construction Phase Plan been prepared?

  • Overview of project

  • Key personnel and responsibilities

  • Arrangements specific to the the work


  • Detail the persons within the team with H&S responsibilities and broad areas of control

  • Are the named person's responsibilities adequately documented (i.e. contained within job descriptions)?

  • Have managers within the team undertaken the British Safety Council Level 2 Certificate in Supervising Staff Safety in the last five years?

  • Is there evidence that health and safety issues are regularly communicated to staff (e.g. H&S covered at team meetings)?

  • Is there a training matrix setting out the qualifications and training required of staff for the tasks they are carrying out?

  • Give examples of health and safety training undertaken

  • Are toolbox talks scheduled to take place throughout the year on a range of relevant safety topics?

  • Is there evidence of staff attendance at toolbox talks?

  • Have staff been provided with a H&S handbook?

Risk Assessments

  • Have risk assessments covering the work activities associated with the team and those affected by the undertaking been carried out and documented?

  • Are risk assessments suitable and sufficient?

  • Identifies the significant and foreseeable hazards arising from or in connection with all aspects of the work activity

  • Identifies the people who might be harmed

  • Identifies the preventative and protective measures in place to control the risks and whether further action is required

  • Evaluates the risks from the identified hazards

  • Identifies the period of time for which it is likely to remain valid

  • Have risk assessments been subject to a regular review and or review following a related accident?

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

  • Are there up-to-date safe systems of work, method statements or protocols for tasks which rely on staff following a set procedure to ensure safe completion?

  • Are operatives required to carryout and document a pre-start risk assessment to identify the relevant hazards and controls required?


  • Is there evidence of staff receiving asbestos awareness training?

  • Date of last training session delivered:

  • Has a UKAS accredited company been appointed to carry out R&D surveys?

  • Name of UKAS accredited company

  • Is there evidence that a HSE licensed asbestos removal company has been engaged?

  • Name of asbestos removal company utilised

  • Has a separate independent UKAS accredited air monitoring company been appointed that is separate form the removal company?

  • Name of air monitoring company

  • Are suitable arrangements in place to ensure operatives receive appropriate information confirming whether asbestos is or is not present in any areas to be disturbed (asbestos register information or surveys)?

Work Equipment

  • Are arrangements in place for inspecting and maintaining equipment in good repair (work equipment included on a maintenance log)?

  • Are abrasive wheels used by operatives?

  • Have operatives received training on mounting the wheels and general hazards?

  • Are staff required to use cordless tools or tools that operate from a 110V supply system?

  • Where portable corded tools and chargers are used, are there arrangements for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) with suitable records available?

  • Have staff been trained on the equipment they use with appropriate in-date records available?


  • Is there evidence that appropriate CE marked PPE items have been provided to staff (allocations register)?

  • Goggles

  • Earplugs

  • Gloves

  • RPE (filtering half mask i.e. disposable dust mask)

  • Safety footware

  • Where risk assessment has concluded the need for half-mask filtering face pieces, is face piece fit testing carried out as part of the selection process?

  • Have staff received instruction on carrying out pre-use checks on RPE?

Work at Height

  • What types of work at height are routinely carried out by staff?

  • Are staff expected to erect Tower Scaffolds?

  • Is there evidence that staff have received training in the erection of Tower Scaffolds in accordance with safe methods of work?

  • Are staff expected to use ladders/stepladders>

  • What work activities are ladders/stepladders used for?

  • Has it been concluded that the work that ladders are used for is low risk and short duration (less than 30 minutes)?

  • Are ladders inspected regularly and an inventory of access equipment held?

  • Are operatives required to access the roofs of blocks of flats?

  • Has a permit-to-access process been implemented?

  • Have staff received information and instruction on Electromagnetic Fields hazards and the associated safety signage to be observed and obeyed on roofs where mobile phone base station transmitters have been mounted?


  • Are vibrating tools used by staff?

  • Concrete breaker

  • Hammer drill

  • Grinder

  • Disc cutter

  • Sander

  • Other

  • Is there any indication that the equipment is included on a maintenance regime or log?

  • Is there evidence that use of vibrating equipment has been risk assessed (including a soundly based estimate of the employees' exposure to vibration and whether the EAV and ELV will be exceeded) and precautions (e.g. work patterns to reduce exposure time, warm clothing and training courses on use of equipment) taken to reduce risk identified?

  • Have operatives been informed of Hand-arm vibration diseases caused by exposure of the hand and arm to external vibration?

  • Is there evidence that staff who could be exposed to vibration at or above the Exposure Action Value are included in a health surveillance programme for monitoring exposure to vibration?

  • An 'Initial Health Assessment' questionnaire completed for new employees or those who are to be exposed to vibration for the first time to establish a baseline prior to starting work (forms to be sent to Occupational Health for assessment)

  • An 'Annual Health Screening' questionnaire seeking information about early symptoms of ill health (forms to be sent to Occupational Health for assessment)

Manual Handling

  • Has an assessment been carried out identifying the tasks requiring manual handling?

  • Have staff received training on manual handling and safe lifting techniques?

  • Are mechanical aids/equipment available to staff?

Electrical Safety

  • If mains voltage has to be used, are staff equipped with RCD's?

  • Are operatives required to carryout work on electrical circuits?

  • Are the operatives suitably trained and competent to carryout electrical work?

  • Are staff equipped with electrical isolation kits?

Hot Works

  • Is hot work carried out by the team?

  • Is a permit to work process provided?

  • Requires area to be cleared of combustible items

  • Requires a suitable fire extinguisher or extinguishing medium to be in place

  • Requires a 1 hour minimum fire watch to be observed


  • Are substances hazardous to health used by staff?

  • Has a 'Chemical Inventory Form' been used to prepare a list of any substances used by operatives?

  • Is there evidence that the inventory is regularly reviewed?

  • Are Safety Data Sheets available for any hazardous products?

  • Is there evidence that attempts have been made to eliminate or substitute hazardous substances with a safer alternative?

  • Are COSHH assessments available and up to date?

  • Are COSHH assessment controls communicated to staff?

First Aid

  • Are operatives provided with a first aid kit/eye wash?

  • Are arrangements in place for monitoring first aid kit contents and expiry dates?

Lone Working and Violence at Work

  • Has lone working and violence at work been risk assessed in accordance with the councils lone work arrangements?

  • Does the lone working and violence at work risk assessment consider use of the councils recommended lone worker device (micro-guard)

  • Do management regularly access the peoplevision portal to update and verify user details and escalation contacts for staff issued with a lone working device?

  • For staff issued with a lone working device are regular non-usage checks carried out and appropriate action taken with staff?

  • Does the lone working and violence at work risk assessment consider personal safety/conflict management training and has it been carried out/refreshed within the last three years?

  • Are out of hours lone working arrangements managed sufficiently?

Accident Reporting

  • Are all accidents, incidents and violence and abuse reported using the Councils electronic reporting system (CLASSI)?

  • Can management state what is reportable under RIDDOR and the time scales required for reporting to HSE?

  • Have all accidents/incidents reported on CLASSI by the team been suitably investigated and verified (there should not be any outstanding open accidents/incidents on CLASSI)?

  • Is there evidence that outcomes of accidents/incident investigations are communicated to staff?

Internal Safety Monitoring

  • Are managers/supervisors given responsibility for managing and monitoring staff to confirm they are working safely and to their method statements?

  • How do managers check that the working methods are being adhered to?

  • Are regular inspections (frequency, areas covered) carried out?

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