Fire Safety and Emergncy Response

  • Safety rules, emergency information and evacuation routes are prominently displayed.

  • The alarm can be heard in this area.

  • Doorways, walkways and evacuation exits are kept clear and at least 600mm wide.

  • Fire control equipment is readily accessible, signed, regularly tested and of the appropriate type.

  • An approved first aid kit is readily available and stocked appropriately if required (small trauma kit/eyewash).

Management Procedures

  • Safe operating procedures are displayed with all potentially. Hazardous equipment.

  • Required personal protective equipment is available and in good condition.


  • The area is clean and tidy.

  • Here is sufficient space for each person to perform their work safely.

  • Floor surfaces are maintained in a safe condition and suitable for the type of activities conducted.

  • Walls and roofs are safe and in good condition.

  • Doors, windows, locks and latches are in good condition and working order. Shed remains secure when unattended.

  • Guarding (mesh) is fitted or signage is in place for any fragile roof area/s.

  • There is adequate ventilation.

  • There is adequate lighting to work safely

Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings

  • All furniture is safe and in good condition.

  • Light fittings/fixtures and ceiling fans are in good condition and working.


  • Flammable material is stored and handled in a safe manner.

  • Required resources and equipment are stored safely.

  • Free standing shelves/cupboards are secured to ensure stability.

  • Waste containers are readily available.

Hazardous Substances

  • Current (within 5 years) material safety data sheets are readily available for hazardous substances.

  • Hazardous substances are stored and labelled appropriately.

  • Spill carol systems are in place I.e. Earth bunds, absorbing materials etc

  • No banned substances or timbers are present.

  • Stored class 3 packing group II (includes petrol) is less than 250 litres. Stored class 3 packaging group III (includes diesel) is less than 1,000 litres. License required above these limits.

  • Incomparable substances stored away from each other e.g. herbicides stored away from insecticides and fungicides.

  • Appropriate washing/dousing facilities are available in the event of an accident with chemicals.


  • Electrical equipment is in good condition and tested as required by the department's electrical testing procedure.

  • All new power boards purchased will have an overload switch.

  • The area has Residual Current Device (RCD) protection.

  • Electrical cables/cords are kept clear of walkways etc.


  • Manuals are available for operating equipment and machinery.

  • A maintenance register is in place for all equipment and machinery that requires regular maintenance.

  • Moving parts of all machinery and equipment is guarded in accordance with the regulations.

  • All machines are fitted with the appropriate safety signs and SOP's.

  • No machinery and equipment is hazardous due to noise, fumes or other factors.

  • Dust extraction systems are fitted and working efficiently where required.

  • Residual Current Devices are installed and function correctly.

Grounds Machinery and Vehicles

  • Tractors are fitted with roll-over protection if weight greater than 560kg.

  • A fire extinguisher is available to tractor/machinery operators.


  • Sheds are lockable.

  • Other hazards such as sharps, glare, noise, fumes or vermin have been identified.

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