1.0 Identification of hazardous substances
1.1 Contractor needs to identify what is on his site. A hazardous substance can be identified by a warning such as "POISON", "DANGEROUS POISON" or "HAZARDOUS" on the label. Has this been done?
1.2 • Hazardous substances may include two-pack timber treatments, pesticides, fungicides, hydrochloric acid, glues, epoxy, paints and thinners.
• Hazardous substances can also be Dangerous Goods.
2.0 Information and training
2.1 Contractor must provide Material Safety Data Sheets on all Hazardous Substances. Get these from the supplier or manufacturer. The MSDS needs to available on site to employees, is it?
2.2 Does Contractor check all containers are labelled when purchasing Hazardous substances, and ensure that the label remains intact and is readable?
2.3 Does Contractor Instruct and train workers on the safe use of substances.
3.0 Risk Assessments
3.1 Has Contractor conducted a risk assessment?
3.2 Contractor needs to determine if there is potential for harm associated with the use of the hazardous substance. Refer to the label and Material Safety Data Sheet. Has this been determined?
3.3 Contractor must consider if he can reduce the risk by using a less toxic product, alternative process, provide ventilation, reduce the number of people exposed and ensure worker use personal protective equipment and clothing. Has this been considered? Comment.
4.0 Record keeping
4.1 Contractor must keep a register of Hazardous Substances and Material Safety Data Sheets. These should be easily available on site in case there is an accident. Is this the case?
4.2 Contractor should Record and keep results of risk assessments. Do they?
Add additional comments
Contractor is to review the comments, and consider the recommended actions within this audit. The contractor needs to demonstrate they are complying with their obligations as an employer, what specific remedial action they propose for this site, and if any overall modifications are required to their Health and Safety Plan / safety procedures / supervision. Prompt corrective action is required to eliminate any agreed deficiencies, and any areas of disagreement need to be further explored in writing. All “failed responses” need to be addressed/resolved.