Who conducts inspections?

General Workplace Health & Safety inspections should be conducted by a member of the local Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) Committee.

How often should this general workplace health & safety inspection be conducted?

The general workplace health & safety inspection must be conducted once every 3 months (minimum) - at least 1 week prior to the workplace health & safety committee meeting.

What follow-up action is required?

All hazards identified as a result of a general workplace health & safety inspection must be reported to the local WH&S committee with a corrective action recommended.

1.0 - Faulty Equipment

Is any equipment faulty or in need of repair?

2.0 - Emergency Procedures

Are there evacuation procedures developed to deal with emergencies?

Are staff trained in evacuation procedures?

Exit signs and the direction to exits is clearly marked?

Exit doors easily opened from inside?

Exits blocked?

Fire alarm system working?

Extinguishers in place, clearly marked for type of fire, and serviced within 6 months?

Fire drills practiced?

Staff trained I use of fire extinguishers?

Is the list for the WH&S committee, fire wardens and first aid officers displayed and up to date?

3.0 - Electrical

Plugs, cables, sockets, switches are in good condition?

Any trip hazards?

4.0 - Chemicals & Poisons

Are containers labeled with contents?

5.0 - Spills & Drips

Are kitchen floors and bench tops clean and free of spills?

Are bathroom floors and ledges clean and free from spills?

Is material provided for cleaning up spills?

6.0 - Trips

Is the floor cluttered, walkways obstructed or other trip hazards?

7.0 - First Aid

Do employees know who to contact for first aid?

Is a first aid kit available and clearly labelled

Are emergency numbers displayed?

8.0 - Workplace

Is work height or position awkward or difficult?

Are sharp edges a hazard?

Are bins available and emptied regularly?

Is the work area clean and tidy?

Are draws left closed at all times?

Are chairs and other furniture in good condition?

Is lighting adequate within the workplace?

Is there adequate storage with no overloaded shelves?

Are heavy files stored close to the floors?

9.0 - Other Comments

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.