Audit

Health, Safety & Environmental Documentation

Has the site got the correct documentation? (CPP, EMP, SWMP, WPP, TBS & Safe System of Work Pack)

Has the above information been reviewed and accepted by the Principal Contractor/Network Rail?

Have all persons been Project/Site inducted and is it recorded?

Has the task briefing been signed by all personnel and has it been understood by all persons?

Have the Risk Assessments been brought to the attention of all employees and is it understood?

Do these assessments: Identify all relevant hazards; Identify at risk groups; identify appropriate control measures; specify necessary arrangements to ensure that such measures continue to be effective?

Are the employees aware of the hazards and the necessary procedures to protect themselves?

Are emergency procedures in place, are they known to the group?

Is there an accident book on site? If so, is it being used correctly?

Manual Handling

Has a risk assessment for Manual Handling been carried out for sharp, unwieldy, heavy, awkward packages and loads?

Have steps been taken to minimise handling?

Are full ergonomic assessments made for all hazardous operations?

Has Manual Handling training been provided for ALL staff?

Do personnel make full and proper use of any handling equipment provided?

First Aid

Are there sufficient number of qualified first aiders available on site?

Are provisions made for special hazards connected to the works? if so, please detail in notes field.

Is the first aid kit located with the workgroup and is it suitably stocked?

Has the accident procedure been communicated to all staff with details of who telephones for the emergency services (TBS)?

Has the map and address of the nearest hospital been briefed to all operatives? (sample 3x Operatives)

Fire and Evacuation

Are the emergency evacuation procedures brought to the attention of all staff?

Have a sufficient number of Fire Extinguishers been provided and are they tested/inspected in accordance with the requirements?

Provision of Welfare Facilities

Are the sanitary conveniences and welfare facilities sufficient for the number of staff to the Network Rail standard?
The welfare van how far from the worksite is it parked.

Is there an adequate supply of potable drinking water available?

Temperature/Ventalation

Are means provided to reduce excessive temperatures! I.e. Regular breaks, warm clothing etc.

General

Ladders: if there are step ups, step ladders, ladders etc. provided for all staff, have they been inspected and result recorded?

Have staff been briefed on the risks associated win working with ladders?

Scaffold: if there are fixed or mobile scaffolds provided for staff, have they been inspected and erected by component person?

Have staff been briefed on the risks associated with scaffolding?

Signing In: are all persons signed into site with the GWE operations centre?

Do you have permits to work? (If required) If so, have all staff been briefed on the controls required with the use of such permit? What is the method of protection?

Are the plant operators given adequate training and have they been checked for competence?

Is Access/Egress onto site adequate?

Is housekeeping to a good standard?

If not, does it hamper the emergency evacuation process or increase the likelihood of an incident?

Lifting Devices

Is there evidence of regular checks and maintenance to ensure the safety of the fork lift trucks/cranes/hoists/hydraulic rams/lifting chains/ropes/strops/pump up pallet trucks etc. ?

Are the rope access ropes fit for purpose and free former damage are inspection certificates available, or available stored at the office

Is the latest test date identifiable, and in date?

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Have the risks, use, exposure and nature of the hazardous substance been assessed/briefed to all affected staff?

Has an inventory been generated for hazardous substances with data on their use, control measures, necessary protective clothing/equipment, exposure levels, monitoring equipment and emergency procedures?

Are all harmful and dangerous substances clearly labelled?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Is everyone wearing the mandatory PPE? (Full orange, lightweight eye protection, head protection, midsole protection boots and gloves)

Has the PPE been provided to cover all the risks? e.g. Safety harnesses, all weather gear etc.

Is the equipment being maintained, cleaned and looked after as necessary?

Is the PPE being properly used?

Has all persons got their sponsor clearly printed on the back of their high visibility vest/top?

Plant & Machinery

Is the machine/plant complete and correctly installed? Correctly and securely secured to prevent falling

Are fastenings/holding down arrangements in place?

Is the machine/plant regularly maintained and are the maintenance procedures carried out as per the manufacturers recommendations?

Are maintenance records kept?

Have risk assessments been carried out on all machinery including portable and hand tools?

Have the results of the Risk Assessments been communicated to all staff using the particular machinery/tools?

If sounds levels approach Lower Exposure Action Value (80db) has a noise risk assessment been carried out?

Environment

Is all controlled waste stored in suitable receptacles (sacks, bins or skips) on the site?

Are registered controlled waste carriers used to remove and dispose of the waste from the site? (Are copies of the annual waste registration certificates available) where does the waste go?

Are waste products disposed of in a controlled manner by a registered carrier at licensed facilities?

Are the pollution prevention controls adequate is there a workable action plan that has briefed out to the work force?

Are the spillage plan/spill kits appropriate and available?

Does everyone understand their responsibilities and procedure?

Check refuel procedures are adequate and the procedure has been clearly communicated to all staff.

Excavations

Is there any edge protection to prevent falls?

Is the access/egress into the excavation adequate and safe?

Is there a permit to dig in place?

Is the permit to dig authorised and in date?

Is the buried services information/search available on site?

Is the ground CAT/Genny scanned at least every 200mm checking for buried services?

If a potential buried service is identified during scanning are insulated hand tools being used if the service requires to be exposed?

Are they using insulated hand tools with a protection of at least 500V?

Noise

Is it monitored and results recorded?

Are the mitigation measures adequate and is hearing protection provided?

Have staff been briefed on trigger times for each piece of work equipment

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV)

Is it monitored and results recorded?

Are the mitigation measures adequate and workplace exposure limits being adhered too?

Railway Specific

Does the protection arrangements correspond with the WPP/TBS?

Have the protection/possession arrangements been correctly recorded in the RT3181 or RT3198?

Has the COSS briefed the Safe System of Work to all staff and have they signed the confirmation sheet?

Have all protection staff had their competences checked with Sentinel 2?

If they are still valid, do all persons wear the correct identification arm badge?

Have any TVPs been issued?

If a TVP has been issued has the permit, letter of authority and medical questionnaire been completed and returned?

Does anyone within the workgroup wear contact lenses and have they made the COSS aware?

Is the method of protection being used adequate and conform to the Track Access Policy?

Has the Site Warden/Lookout got the correct equipment with them at all times?

Is their any Site Warden or Redzone working being utilise and if so, do they have the correct authorisation in place?

If any newly qualified PTS personnel on site, are they supervised at all times including the wearing of the correct blue coloured head protection?

Has the COSS had to change the TBS?

Has the change been briefed to all members of staff in a place of safety?

Distribution List: Principal Contracts Manager, Principle HSEQ, Network Rail HSEA, Project Manager, Interface Manager and Site Supervisor or COSS.

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.