BEHAVIOURAL SAFETY CHECKLIST GUIDE First aid and Emergency systems. · Is First Aid kit stocked and easily accessible? · Is Emergency process clear and provided in writing. Is the content and location of emergency information pointed out during the induction to site. Is the information relevant and up to date? · Compliance with JSEA / Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) · Can the contractor provide evidence of implementation? · Working remotely or in Isolation. Has contractor identified risks? · Does contractor have processes in place for staff who are working remotely or in isolation?
Name of Contractor's Representative in charge of the site today
Verify emergency communication system, fire extinguisher and 1st aid kit available
First Aid Kit Is the first aid kit stocked and easily accessible? Is emergency process clear and provided
Is anyone working remotely or in isolation?
Are processes in place?
Safe Work Procedures
Plant equipment records available?
Has anything on the site been identified that is new or different to the routine operations?
Are additional subcontractors on site site and have they been appropriately included?
High Vis Vests. Long/Longs. Safety Boots. Hard hats. Gloves. Eye protection.
Hearing protection. Safety harness
PERSONAL PROTECTION CHECKLIST GUIDE Has the workers' personal protection needs been identified? · Have a good look at the various types of work, the plant, equipment and chemicals used and the locations where work takes place. · Any source of danger to workers' health or safety needs to be eliminated altogether or, where this is not practicable, the risks must be properly controlled. · The best and most fool-proof ways to control risk is to isolate the source of danger from people or to use physical or presence-sensing guarding to prevent people coming into contact with the danger. · But where this can not be done, or when it does not fully control the risk, use properly understood safe work procedures and the right combination of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fully safeguard workers. Has personal protection signs been displayed? · To be on the safe side, you should declare the entire site a safety helmet and protective footwear area, and post the safety signs for these prominently at site entrances. · Signpost any particular areas where workers will need hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves or breathing masks. · Post signs and notices in amenities sheds to remind workers of what types of PPE are needed for various types of work. Has appropriate PPE been provided? · If you are using PPE as a way of controlling risks, it is your responsibility to supply your workers with the right equipment. · Insist that your supplier provides equipment complying with the appropriate Australian Standards and all necessary information on the correct fitting, cleaning and maintenance of the equipment. · So far as possible, allow your workers to select the particular model so that it gives them maximum personal comfort. Comfortable PPE gets worn, while "one size fits all" PPE which is uncomfortable is only worn under sufferance. Do the workers understand the purpose of the PPE? · Take the time and effort to make sure your workers know what the possible consequences to their health and safety may be if they do not use the right PPE. If they properly understand what can go wrong, they are more likely to use PPE without being constantly told. · If workers are reluctant to use PPE, encourage them to help you develop a better way to do the work so that they won't need PPE. Are workers trained in the use of PPE? · Some types of PPE have particular, fitting, testing, cleaning and inspecting requirements. Where this is the case, make sure workers have been properly instructed in these procedures and can demonstrate them correctly. Is PPE use being adequately monitored? · PPE is only as good as the degree to which it is properly used. · Providing a worker with PPE and then failing to make sure it is being used is simply not good enough. · Conduct regular checks. Insist that the rules for PPE are always followed. Take appropriate action to make this stick. Is PPE being inspected and replaced as necessary? · Faulty PPE is sometimes worse than no PPE because it can give the worker a false sense of security. For example, the use of incompatible components in safety harness systems can cause the "roll out" of snap hooks which may result in a worker falling to their death. · Make sure PPE is checked regularly for serviceability and compatibility. Do you review your PPE needs? · New products come on to the market which may provide you with a way of controlling risks without the need for PPE any longer. For example, recent innovations in temporary guardrailing systems now mean there is a product to suit most types of roofing work, reducing the need to rely on safety harness systems. · Also, new and improved PPE products are regularly being introduced. Keep up to date through trade magazines, your safety equipment supplier and your industry association.
Has the correct PPE been identified and is it being used?
PPE - are high vis vests, long/longs, safety boots, and if applicable hard hats, gloves, eye protection, hearing protection and safety harnesses being worn
Hi vis clothing
Are workers trained in the use of PPE?
Is the PPE being inspected and replaced as necessary?
Are safety harnesses being used where necessary
BUILDING TRADES CHECKLIST GUIDE Are tools and equipment being used safely and in accordance with JSEA / SOP? · Review the Contractors system to ensure power tools and equipment are serviceable and are being regularly checked and maintained. · Check if the Contractor is providing the correct tools and training for the job. Check that the workers understand the safe operating procedures and that they are following them. Encourage the Contractor to have a documented system that records the experience, competency, and training each worker has with particular plant, tools, and equipment. Contractor needs a system that only allows trained/competent employees to use particular tools & equipment. · The use of air-powered nail guns, explosive powered tools, lasers can be particularly hazardous, so review the Contractors system to give operators thorough training in the care and use of this sort of equipment. · Has Contractor & his Subcontractors had electrical extension leads recently tested, tagged, inspected, to ensure they are in good safe working condition Is appropriate protective equipment, as identified in JSEA / SOP, being used? · Ensure the Contractor has a system to look carefully at the range of hazards associated with the building works or the fit out and finishing work. Where the Contractor can't eliminate a hazard completely, he should have a documented system that minimizes risks. Examples could be by making sure there is adequate guarding from dangerous parts of machinery or by isolating the hazard from people, or hiring different equipment for part of his work. · Where any risk still remains, review that the Contractor has safe operating procedures in place that are understood by the workers. Has the Contractor made sure the rights types of personal protective equipment are provided and being used by the workers. This may include safety boots, safety vests, safety glasses or shields, hearing protection, breathing masks, gloves, hard hat etc. Are manual handling tasks being done safely? · Check Contractors procedures to identify if wherever practicable, he has provided trolleys and mechanical lifting aids to minimize the strain on workers, who may be at risk of manual handling injuries. · Ensure the Contractor has regularly had a good look at all manual handling tasks with an eye to reducing the need for bending or reaching. · Has there been safe lifting training or group discussion at tool box meetings?
Tools and Equipment being used safely and in accordance with JSEA/SOP
Protective Equipment identified in the JSEA/SOP being used
Manual handling being done safely
POWERED MOBILE PLANT CHECKLIST GUIDE Are Contractors operators properly certificated or qualified? · Workers operating certain types of powered mobile plant without direct supervision must hold appropriate Work Cover certificates of competency. This includes the operation of slewing mobile cranes, non-slewing mobile cranes with greater than 3 tonne capacity, vehicle loading cranes with a capacity of 10 metre tonnes or more, fork-lift trucks (except pedestrian-operated types), boom-type elevating work platforms with a boom length of 11 metres or more, and truck-mounted concrete placing booms. Ensure the Contractor has a copy and a register of certificates, and a review system to ensure all his employees and subcontractors on the site have the appropriate certificates where required. · Verify that the Contractor has checked to see that workers operating earthmoving plant such as front-end loaders, front-end loader/backhoes, skid steer loaders, excavators, dozers and draglines have an appropriate qualification card or certificate and the Contractor has determined employees have the necessary competency. · Contractors must have had operators show them their certificates and qualifications, and have recorded the details on the site register. If no formal certificates are required, ensure the Contractor has a process to determine employees have the necessary competency to safely operate the plant. Has Contractor given operators training in the use of the particular machine/s they are operating? · Certificates of competency mean the operator has been assessed as generally competent to operate the classes of plant covered by the certificate. But it does not necessarily mean the operator is familiar with the particular make and model or the particular attachments being used with the plant. Verify the Contractors system to ensure training in the particular plant and models they are using on site. · Verify how the Contractor makes sure operators are familiar with their machine and attachments, that they have the operator's manual and that they understand the safe operating procedures for the machine and the particular work. Is Contractors plant currently registered with WorkCover? · Mobile cranes with a capacity of more than 10 tonnes and truck-mounted concrete placing booms must have a current plant registration with WorkCover or an equivalent interstate authority before they can be operated in a workplace. · Victorian plant registrations are valid for three years. Ensure the Contractor has a system that does not allow these items of plant to operate until he has sighted proof of current registration, and recorded the details on the site register. Check the expiry date and, make sure it is still current. Is Contractors plant properly maintained and serviced? · Contractor must make sure plant is in a serviceable condition when it arrives on site. In the case of plant which has been hired or leased, Contractor must insist that the supplier provides him with a copy of the latest inspection and maintenance records. · Inspect Contractors system to ensure all the inspection and service checks recommended by the supplier are carried out at the recommended intervals immediately prior to arriving on site & during the time the plant remains on site. · Contractor must be able to produce records on any inspections and maintenance to plant carried out while the plant is under his management and control. Encourage contractor to have these available with the machine on site. Sight records. · Make sure the Contractors safety system will identify any unserviceable plant, and then has the plant taken out of operation until it is repaired or replaced. Is Contractors plant fitted with reversing beepers? · Review Contractors process which makes sure all trucks, mobile cranes and other types of powered mobile plant on site are fitted with properly operating devices to warn workers and the public who may be at risk from the plant moving. A combination of lights and reversing beeper is strongly recommended. Is plant fitted with ROPS and FOPS? · Tractors, rough terrain equipment or other powered mobile plant subject to the risk of overturning need a properly constructed and fitted roll-over protective structure (ROPS) to safeguard the operator from injury. Verify plant on site complies. · Likewise, if there is any danger of falling debris, the Contractor must have a suitable and robust falling objective protective structure (FOPS) is needed to protect the operator. Is FOPS needed? Is Contractors plant being operated safely? · Ask Contractor how he ensures that plant is being used for the purpose it was designed for and operated in accordance with the supplier's recommendations, the operator's manual, and good practice. · Where, for any reason, the plant is to operate outside its normal conditions or in an abnormal environment, how does the Contractor make sure that additional hazards have been identified and any risk associated with this has been properly controlled. · Lifting hooks on backhoe buckets etc to be properly designed Work near Powerlines – Is the Contractor working near power lines (closer than 6.4 metres)? If yes, then has the Contractor taken necessary precautions? · Is there a safe distance between powerlines and cranes, earth moving equipment, elevating work platforms, hoists, scaffolds and portable ladders? Observe “no go zone” safe clearances. Work near power lines requires the following: · An on site work meeting and risk assessment prior to commencing work. Check documentation. · For work between 3m and 6.4m under or beside any power line, a dedicated safety observer. · No work is permitted above, or within 3m under or beside any live power line without written permission from the power authority (TXU). Check permit. · For scaffolds, the no go zone clearances are 5m above or below, and 4.6m beside any power line on poles. Clearances are from the top of any guard rail or part of the scaffolding. Are safety harnesses being used where necessary? · Have Harnesses (Safety belts, individual fall arrest system, etc) been checked by Contractor for good condition and within date, to Australian Standards and on Plant · Boom-type elevating work platforms (cherry pickers, travel towers, boom lifts etc) should be supplied with a safety harness and lanyard for each person working in the basket. · How does Contractor make sure safety harness’s are properly used at all times and are securely fixed to the proper anchorages when people are on the plant Training, toolbox meetings, regular supervision and inspections? · If the occupants of a basket are not safeguarded with a harness, a sudden failure of the knuckle joint at the end of the boom can throw them to their death.
Are the contractors properly certified or qualified to operate the heavy equipment
Have the operators received particular training appropriate for the equipment they are operating
Is the equipment properly maintained or serviced
Is the plant fitted with reversing beepers
Is the plant fitted with roll-over protective structure (ROPS) and falling objective protective structure (FOPS)
Is the plant operating near power lines (within 6.4 meters)
Are precautions (With respect to power lines) being taken
Is the plant properly secure when unattended
TRENCHING & EXCAVATION CHECKLIST GUIDE Has Contractor located all underground services · Before digging starts, has the Contractor ensured the exact location of any underground electrical cables, gas lines, water and sewerage and telecommunications cables. · Contractor should not rely solely on site plans and drawings as these are sometimes not accurate or complete. · Has Contractor obtained assistance from the local service and distribution companies, and Dial before you Dig. Is Contractor using earthmoving plant safely? · Check that Contractor has a system to ensure plant operators are appropriately qualified. · Contractor to look for qualifications endorsed with LL (for front-end loaders), LB (for front-end loader/backhoes), LS (for skid-steer loaders), LE (for excavators), LD (for draglines) or LZ (for dozers). · Old-style pre-national certificates can also be used and are valid. · Contractor needs to make the operators and subcontractors show their qualifications and keep an on-site register. · Review Contractors system to make sure all earthmoving plant is properly maintained and fully serviceable. · Check that excavations by operators are not undermining existing buildings or temporary structures such as scaffolds and falsework. · Ensure spoil is being kept at least half a metre back from the edge of trenches and that earthmoving plant is a safe distance from the edge of excavations. · Ensure Contractors supervision has systems to make sure unattended front-end loaders, backhoes and excavators are always left with the bucket fully lowered to the ground. · Ensure supervision requires that earthmoving plant parked overnight alongside roads or on other public space, is locked up / secure and barricaded with warning lamps to alert traffic. Is Contractor protecting workers from trench collapse, and managing the trench safely? · Verify the Contractor has lodged a Notice of Intention to commence the trench with Worksafe. · Contractor must never allow workers to enter a trench or shaft which is greater than 1.5 metres deep unless it has been safely battered back, or it has been properly shored, or the workers are fully protected within a trench shield. · Shoring should be positioned and fixed from above, never from below. All timber used in ground support should be at least F8 grade hardwood. · Never use softwood because this can fail suddenly without warning, whereas hardwood will start to creak loudly when it is becoming overloaded, warning workers to leave the trench immediately. · Make sure all workers in excavations always wear safety helmets. Are confined space precautions needed? · Where there is any possibility of a hazardous atmosphere within an excavation, the extra precautions, Gippsland Water’s procedure and permit system for entry into confined spaces must be put in place. Has Contractor ensured people are protected from falling into excavations? · Make sure trenches, shafts and excavations are properly barricaded, covered or isolated to prevent people falling into them. Whenever an excavation is to be left unattended, make sure it is secured to prevent children or other people from wandering into danger. Is there safe access to trenches and shafts? · Contractors must never allow workers to climb up and down the soldier sets used in trench shoring, because they can loosen or damage the support system, triggering a trench collapse. · Contractor to ensure properly fixed industrial-grade portable ladders are used to gain access to the excavation floor. Does Contractor ensure someone else is always present when a worker is below ground? · Does Contractor have a system to never allow anyone to work alone in a trench or shaft. · Does Contractor make sure there is always another person close by who can provide help or get help if necessary. · Are open excavations being regularly inspected? · Who is the person in charge of the trench. Is he suitably trained / qualified to carry out the obligations of a mine manager. · The condition of soil surrounding trenches and shafts can change quickly due to the soil drying out, changes in the water table or water saturation of the soil. Who is responsible for the Contractor? · Does the Contractor make sure the soil condition and the state of shoring, battering and trenches walls is frequently checked for signs of earth fretting, slipping, slumping or ground swelling. · Contractor must have a system in place that ensures he inspects the rectified area and repairs the site if required. Is unattended plant properly secure? · Does Contractor ensure employees make sure plant is left in a properly stowed safe configuration whenever it is unattended? Loads should never be left suspended. · Does Contractor ensure elevating work platforms and earthmoving plant are fully lowered when not in use. · Does Contractor, where ever possible, park plant overnight within the properly secured confines of the building site. Or where this is not possible, make sure plant is secure against vandalism or joyriding. · Where it is necessary to leave plant adjacent to public roads or pedestrian areas, how does Contractor make sure it is securely barricaded and, where appropriate, clearly marked with warning lamps overnight.
Have underground services been located
Are workers protected from trench collapse (is the trench >1.5m deep)
Are confined space precautions needed
Are people protected falling into excavations
Is there safe access to trenches and shafts
Is someone always present when someone is below ground
If left open, is there a plan to secure the site
When is it planned to backfill the trench
ENVIRONMENT CHECKLIST GUIDE Soil and Sediment Controls · Is all stockpiling of soil located at least 10m from nominated native vegetation areas · Is all stockpiling of soil located at least 30m from any waterway · Are sediment traps and fences in appropriate locations and installed correctly? · Are sediment traps and fences maintained and free of damage, blockages and debris? Stormwater and Surface water management · As a result of activities undertaken on site is there any visual evidence of: ■ erosion of beds or banks of waterways? ■ run-off water and contaminants in nearby waterways including increased turbidity? · Are settling ponds in place to capture contaminated stormwater prior to discharge to waterways? · Have samples of water been taken for turbidity monitoring and are the results available for inspection? · Are all wash down areas located away from stormwater and surface waters? Dust and mud control · Is there any noticeable dust caused by activities at the site? · Are all water carts and dust suppression measures observed on site and in use if required? · Are all trucks leaving the site leaving with covered loads to prevent dust and litter caused from windblown material? · Is there any evidence of dust or mud on nearby roads? Control of native vegetation · Has all native vegetation been identified and protected during the activities undertaken at the site? · Is there any evidence of vegetation removal? · Does the contractor have a copy of the permits allowing removal of vegetation? · Have areas of “no go” been identified and suitably barricaded · Is there any evidence of traffic, stockpiles or storage of equipment on native vegetation · Is revegetation in progress (if requirement of works) Disposal of waste including solid and recyclables · Are all wastes segregated to minimise waste disposed to landfill · Are all recycled materials segregated from landfill waste? · Is all green waste generated from activities on site mulched? · Are waste facilities emptied regularly? · Is there any observable litter on site? Control of weeds and introduced plants · Is all machinery washed down prior to commencing works on site to prevent spread of foreign material (where identified as a requirement) · Are vehicles observed to be clean when leaving site? · Is there any evidence of weeds on site that require eradication? Fire prevention · Is the grass within the work area below 110 mm in height? · Is the required electrical and chemical fire fighting equipment in place? · Is the contractor implementing appropriate strategies to respond to notifications from CFA and declared fire danger periods? · Is a hot work permit system in use? Noise · Is there any observable noisy equipment / machinery on site that may not be in compliance with EPA requirements · Are activities being conducted within the hours permitted for the site? · Is equipment regularly maintained? · Have the nearby neighbours been informed of the activities being undertaken at the site? Fuel, oil and dangerous goods storage · Are fuels and chemicals stored in appropriately bunded facilities? · Is there any observable evidence of spills or leaks from the storage areas? · Are MSDS available on site? · Are all containers labelled so contents are easily identified? · Is there a spill kit located on site? · Are all records of permits, procedures, environmental work instructions etc available? · Are procedures in place to ensure compliance with legislation, legal obligations, and GW’s environmental management system (EMS)? · Are records of site audits undertaken by the contractor in accordance with GW’s EMS? Are there any project specific conditions as required by EPA and other regulators
Soil and sediment control
Stormwater and surface water management
Dust and mud control
Management of native vegetation
Disposal of waste including solid and recyclables
Control of weeds and introduced plants
Fuel, oil and dangerous goods storage
Project specific conditions as required by EPA or other regulators (eg. Environmental impact statement)
Number of people on site (trade and No)
Plant and equipment on site
Are there inspection plans, asset plans etc on site and being used? E.g DBYD
Are drawings on site and up to date, latest version...regularly checked (using electronic and physical methods) to confirm the location of all services (e.g gas,elect,storm water,water,Telstra)
Are any specialist processes planned or underway? Excavator and/or hand tools
To be saved in TRM reference number OH&S container 04/02/13/04/02 and GWS 013 container 11/02/0197/04