Introduction

  • This inspection/audit has been undertaken by Grangewood Ltd as part of the ongoing management of Health, Safety and Environmental regulations . The purpose of the inspection/audit is to ensure compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and any relevant subordinate legislation, including but not restricted to, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the Working at Heights Regulations 2005. The report aims to identify areas where the Principal / Main Contractor and sub contractors needs to improve to meet the requirements of all relevant health and safety regulations and industry best practice procedures. The 'corrective actions' section details the remedial actions graded as priority 'High', 'Medium' and 'Low'. 'High' rated actions should be completed as soon as is reasonably practicable, as these could potentially lead to serious injury and would likely lead to an enforcement officer issuing a 'Prohibition' or 'Improvement' notice against the site. 'Medium' rated actions should be completed with a reasonable timeframe (normally before the next inspection/audit) 'Low' rated actions are not compulsory but the contractor would benefit from addressing these points for continual improvement of health and safety standards.

Project Particulars

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Site management team.

  • General Description

Have Corrective actions from previous visit been completed?

  • Have all High and Medium risk corrective actions been completed since the last visit?

  • Which item and justification.

Management Documentation

  • Does the project exceed 30 working days or 500 person days?

  • Is the project notifiable under the CDM regulations?

  • Is the F10 notification on display, signed by the client?

  • Is the Construction Phase Health and Safety plan on site available for review?

  • Is the Health and Safety policy and Environmental policy on display and signed within previous 12 month period?

  • Is the Health and Safety law poster on display with details correctly completed?

  • Is the insurance policy on display and in date?

  • Are out of hours site contact details displayed in a prominent location?

Site Specific Documentation.

  • Are relevant ISO documents in use?

  • Are risk assessments available for all hazards with a potential significant risk?

  • Have Method Statements/Safe systems of Work been prepared for works with a potential risk?

  • Have weekly internal management checks occurred?

  • Have internal management checks been carried out on sub contractors submitted documentation?

  • Have operatives signed the conformation sheet to show communication of RAMS.

  • Do operatives working practices follow sequence and method of work within approved RAMS?

  • Do RAMS adequately control the risks?

  • Are COSHH substances being used on site?

  • Are MSDS sheets and COSHH assessment available for all substances on site?

  • Are COSHH items recorded as part of the RAMS?

Site Management Training

  • Does the site manager hold a relevant CITB site management qualification eg. SSSTS?

Operative/Contractor Training (General)

  • Have all operatives/contractors been safety inducted with record held including copies of relevant skills cards (CSCS etc)

  • is the induction register complete?

  • Are regular on site tool box talks being undertaken?

Asbestos

  • Has an asbestos survey been undertaken?

  • Have ACMs been identified within the report?

  • Have the ACMs been removed from the project?

  • Have suitable and sufficient procedures been implemented to ensure ACMs are not disturbed?

  • Are all relevant construction trades persons trained to awareness level?

  • Has asbestos awareness training been undertaken by staff?

Fire and Emergency Precautions

  • Is the signing in register adjacent to the site entrance and clearly visible to all?

  • Has a fire risk assessment been completed for the project?

  • Has a fire/emergency plan been developed for the site?

  • Do the fire points display correct information?

  • Has a muster point been established and operatives made aware of the location?

  • Is evacuation signage displayed in prominent locations with correct pictorial information showing nearest escapes?

  • Are suitable and sufficient fire extinguishers distributed on site in prominent and visible locations?

  • Are the correct type of extinguishers on site including CO2 within office and welfare locations?

  • Is a suitable systems in place for raising an alarm?

  • Have extinguishers been inspected by a competent person within the previous 12 months?

  • Have extinguishers been checked in past 7 days as part of management checks?

  • Has fire training been received by site management?

  • Is suitable storage for gas and flammable substances available and being used?

Working at Height (fixed scaffold)

  • Are fixed scaffolds in use on site?

  • Have handover certificates been received?

  • Is a Scaff-tag or similar displayed close to the entry point of the scaffold?

  • Has the scaffold been inspected by a competent person within the last 7days?

  • Are all working platforms fully boarded?

  • Are double handrails provided to all working platforms at correct heights?

  • Are toe boards provided on working platforms?

  • Are brick guards in place where required?

  • Are all access ladders in good condition, fixed and tied in?

  • Is debris netting/monaflex in good condition?

  • Do Ginny wheels have brakes fitted?

  • Do scaffolds have alarms fitted where required?

Working at Height (Tower Scaffolds)

  • Are tower scaffolds in use on site?

  • Are scaffolds erected/signed off by a competent person e.g. PASMA qualified ?

  • Are double handrails provided on all working platforms?

  • Are outriggers utilised correctly where required?

  • Are towers correctly erected?, ladder hatched in line with ladders accesses etc?

Working at Height (MEWP/Scissor Lifts/Cherry Pickers etc)

  • Are MEWPs / Scissor Lifts etc in use?

  • Is the last 6 monthly competent persons inspection certificate available for review?

  • Do operatives hold relevant licences to operate plant eg IPAF?

  • Are harnesses being worn by operators with in date valid certification?

  • Is equipment being used in a safe manner?

Working at Height (ladders, steps and hop ups etc) Are

  • Are ladders, steps, hop up or similar in use on site?

  • Have permits been issued for their use?

  • Is the equipment of the correct grade?

  • Class 1 industrial use or EN 131 heavy duty

  • Does the equipment appear in good condition?

  • Is equipment being used in a safe manner?

  • Use of towers etc should be preferred. Check RAMS.

Working at Height (work on or near fragile surfaces)

  • Is there any work on or near fragile surfaces?

  • Has suitable protection been provided to prevent persons falling?

  • Has a specific risk assessment been developed to manage the risk?

  • Is a method statement available covering the works?

  • Are the works being controlled under a permit to work procdure?

Confined Space Working

  • Is confined spaces working being undertaken?

  • Has an emergency plan been formulated specific to the works?

  • Is the works controlled under a permit to work system?

  • Have operatives been adequately trained to work in confined spaces?

  • Is there a possibility of a lack of oxygen within the space?

  • Has breathing apparatus been provided and are operatives trained in its use?

Excavations

  • Are excavation works currently taking place on the project?

  • Have surveys been carried out to determine the location of buried services?

  • Have the excavations been inspected by a competent person within the last 7 days?

  • Does management inspect the excavations before the start of each shift?

  • Does the shoring appear to be adequate?

  • Has edge protection been provided to prevent person or plant from falling into the excavations?

  • Is safe access into the excavation in place?

  • Sufficiently long ladder tied or secured!

  • Does the excavation appear to be in a safe condition?

  • Battering back of soil angle of repost etc

  • Has a permit to dig been issued for all specific areas?

Cranes

  • Are cranes in use on site?

  • Has the crane been subject to thorough examination?

  • Are there suitably qualified people to supervise the lifting operations?

  • Appointed person and slingers

  • Has a safe system of work been implemented?

Lifting Equipment.

  • Is any lifting equipment being used on site?

  • Has the equipment been subject to a thorough examination?

  • Accessories for lifting 6 monthly

Hoists Goods/Passenger.

  • Are goods and passenger hoists currently in use on the project?

  • Are in date testing certificates held for equipment!

  • Have staff been adequately trained or use of equipment?

  • Is SWL signage present? Is the maximum load stated correct?

  • Have daily and weekly pre use inspection checks taken place with records held?

  • Does the equipment appear to be in good working order and being used for it stated use.

Temporary Works

  • Are temporary work in progress?

  • Is the temporary works register in place and is it maintained?

  • Temporary works coordinator in place?

  • Temporary works designers in place?

  • Has the TW been designed in accordance with BS 5975?

  • Have full working RAMS been received and approved?

  • Are checks organised for critical stage?

  • Has permission been given (permit to load) prior to loading?

  • Has permission been given to dismantle the works (close permit to load out)?

  • Has a process been implemented to deter un authorised alteration or removal.

  • Signage, cross bracing screwing across into position.

Work Equipment.

  • Do inspections of work equipment regularly occur?

  • Is there evidence of electrical appliance testing?

  • Does equipment appear to be in good order?

  • Does equipment have guards fitted and dust collection bags or extractions fitted?

  • Is there any training required for specific items of equipment or tools?

Manual Handling

  • Have manual handling risks been identified and adequately controlled?

  • Are TILE assessments or similar in place for individuals where required?

Noise

  • Are there any operations being undertaken which exposes workers to potentially high levels of noise?

  • Have noise measurements been taken?

  • 80Db first line of action

  • Have noise control zones been defined?

  • Are operatives wearing suitable hearing protection?

Vibration.

  • Are any tools/equipment In use which may expose workers to high levels of vibration?

  • Have vibration levels and safe works limits been assessed or estimated?

  • Have individual HAVS assessments being carried out for operatives carrying out works with sufficient vibration white finger risk?

Welfare Facilities.

  • Are suitable rest facilities provided?

  • Is an adequate number of hard back chairs available?

  • Is canteen in a clean and tidy state?

  • Are suitable toilet facilities provided and kept clean and tidy?

  • Are suitable hand washing facilities provided?

  • Is a supply of fresh drinking water?

  • Is there a means of making warm drinks and heating food?

First Aid and Accident / incident reporting

  • Is there a trained first aider on site?

  • Are suitably stocked first aid kits provided?

  • Are regular checks undertaken on first aid kits?

  • Are eye wash stations provided?

  • Are eye washes in date?

  • Single viles preferred.

  • Has any accident or incidents occurred since the last visit?

  • Has the accident or incident been investigated?

  • is the accident/incident reportable under RIDDOR?

  • Has this been correctly reported?

  • Is a statutory accident book on site?

Storage of tools and materials

  • Are tools stored securely when not in use?

  • Secure Chests

  • Are materials stored and segregated to prevent obstruction and overloading?

  • Have flammable materials been segregated to prevent combustion risks where practicable?

  • Are gas bottle and pressurised containers stored in a safe manner or removed from site daily?

Waste Management.

  • Are housekeeping standards adequate for the work being undertaken?

  • Are waste transfer slips been kept for review including sub contractors waste.

  • Is hazardous waste being segregated and disposed of correctly?

  • Are food wastes disposed of in a timely manner to prevent rodent infestation?

  • Is waste being removed from working areas to prevent build up?

  • Is waste removal being carried out in a safe manner? Correct use of staff to manage risk and warning signage displayed where required.

Site Conditions.

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

  • Are walkways adequately lit?

  • Have warning signs been erected around entry points to site?

  • Have exclusion zones been erected around high risk activities?

  • Are access and egress routes maintained, kept clear and unobstructed?

  • Are holes, voids suitably covered when not in use or worked on?

  • Is suitable task lighting provided and being used?

  • Are operatives wearing the correct PPE for tasks?

  • Are walkways free from obstructions?

  • Are slips and trip hazards adequately managed?

  • Sky hooks, cable covers, stair nosing etc

  • Are edge protection barriers in place and securely fixed where required?

  • Is suitable and sufficient signage displayed on site?

  • Is the site secured against unauthorised access?

  • Is the electrical incoming supply locked off to prevent unauthorised access?

Deliveries and Public Protection.

  • Does the hoarding or site boundary display warning signage?

  • Are deliveries including the protection of pedestrians and public well managed?

  • Are deliveries managed satisfactorily?

  • Is public and pedestrian protection managed satisfactorily?

Other.

  • Any items not raised within main report which require reporting?

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Corrective Actions.

  • HIGH risk.

  • MEDIUM risk.

  • LOW risk

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  • Auditor.

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