• Document No.

  • Audit Title

  • Client / Site

  • Conducted on

  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Personnel



Buildings & Floors

  • No building damage

  • No floors damaged/dirty

  • Stairs to approved standard


  • No lights out/broken

  • Sufficient lighting

  • Routine inspection

  • No glare

  • Windows clean and undamaged


  • Natural air flow and air extraction

  • Mechanical (include air conditioners, fans etc)

  • Filters clean/inspected

  • No build up of hazards or flammable material


  • Hygienic toilets/urinals

  • Hygienic kitchen/crib room

  • Cleanliness of fridge and cooking appliances

  • Hygienic showers/change rooms

  • Adequate supply of drinking water

  • Other


  • Exits identified

  • Exit doors and equipment unobstructed

  • Evacuation plan in place

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Emergency lighting

Storage and Stacking

  • Adequate shelving

  • Neat & tidy

  • Segregated or labelled

  • SWL on shelving

  • Heavy items on lower level

  • Other


Pollution (eg oil waste, scrap steel etc)

  • Adequate disposal/collection

  • Bunding/storage of container area

  • Other

Aisles and Storage

  • Good demarcation/ not worn

  • Not cluttered/obstructed

  • Access to emergency equipment and exits

Stacking and Storage

  • Safe and stable

  • Doesn?t obstruct flow and services

  • Sufficient racks/areas for storage

  • Clear access and egress

  • Odd shaped items stored safely

Plant and Yard

  • No redundant plant

  • No redundant material

  • Tidy

Scrap Removal System

  • Sufficient bins

  • Adequate removal/emptied

  • Other

Colour Coding

  • Used

  • Uniform code (ie to AS or guidelines)

  • Maintenance


Portable Electrical Equipment

  • Identified and on register

  • No damaged cables/plugs

  • Earthing

  • Current inspection tag (> 32v)

  • Appropriate storage

  • No visible damaged to tools or electrical leads

Earth Leakage

  • Complete coverage

  • Max 30mA EL on all GPO circuits

  • Tested regularly by competent person

  • Documentation

  • Inspection tag

Electrical Installations Safe

  • Electrical equipment safe

  • Wiring safe

  • Unauthorised access to switch gear/substations restricted

  • Earthing and polarity correct

  • No exposed wires

  • No damage to protective sheath/cable guide or conduit

  • All welders have hazard reduction devices

High Voltage Power Lines

  • Identified by signs on all approach roads

  • Material not stock-piled under power lines


Machine Guarding

  • Machines comply with appropriate standards

  • Guards in place

  • All nip points guarded

  • Not loose, broken or inadequate

Lock-out System and Usage

  • Written procedure

  • Covers all sources of energy

  • Switches lockable

  • Tags/locks available

Switches, Isolators, Valves & Controls

  • Labelled

  • No labels missing

  • Emergency stop buttons red

Ladders, Handrails and Walkways

  • Comply with standard

  • Stairways/landings toe-boards fitted

  • Stairways at least one handrail

  • Portable ladders inspected/tested

  • Identified and on register

Lifting Gear and Machinery

  • Identified and on register

  • No defective items

  • Safe working load marked

  • Safety latches in place

  • Regular inspections


  • Gears, pulley, shaft and nip points guarded

  • Drop guards to catch falling material

  • Emergency stop

  • Adequate access

  • Adequate crossovers

  • Lanyards on all conveyors


Pressure Vessels

  • Pressure vessel register

  • Inspections/tests to standard and labelled

  • Relief (safety) valve operational

  • Drained & free of moisture

  • Red line on pressure gauges

  • Remote isolation

Gas Cylinders

  • Cylinders correctly stored vertically, secure

  • Segregation distance

  • Equipment safe condition

  • Correct flashback arrestors used

  • Transported correctly, secure

Connecting pipes fitting and hoses

  • In good condition, no leaks

  • Connecting pipes and lines labelled.

  • Safety clips used


Chemicals and Substances

  • Chemical register

  • Manifest and emergency plan

  • Products labelled

  • MSDS sheets

  • Stored appropriately, bunding & containment

  • Segregation distances


  • Storage, transport and usage to standard

  • Appropriate licenses

  • No ignition sources

  • Register of stored items


Condition of Vehicles/Plant

  • Daily check/documentation

  • No defective items

  • Operator competent

  • Isolated when unattended

  • Seat belts

  • ROP?s, FOP?s, TOP?s

  • Overhead guards where applicable

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Flashing light/reversing alarm

  • Maintenance records


Hand tools Condition and Storage

  • Routine check

  • No damaged or defective tools

  • No sharp edges, mushroomed ends

  • No split handles

  • Stored correctly

  • Clean of oil & grease


Operators Comfortable

  • Body posture

  • No lifting and twisting

  • Standard colour coding

  • Accessibility (switches, levers, ladders)

  • Seats/chair/workstations condition

  • Adequate lighting

  • Ladders approx. 70 degree angle

  • Walkway width is adequate


Head Protection

  • Area identified ? sign

  • Hard hats provided

  • Being worn


  • Provided

  • Correct for task

  • Being worn

Protective Clothing

  • Suitable clothing for task

  • Provided and maintained

Eye and Face Protection

  • Area identified ? signs

  • Equipment provided

  • Worn correctly

  • Prescription glasses to standard

Hearing Protection

  • Area identified ?signs

  • Equipment provided

  • Worn correctly

Other PPE

  • Safety harness & lanyards

  • Hand protection (gloves etc)

  • Respiratory equipment

  • Sun protection, Sunscreen

  • Sun hat or attachment

  • Insect repellent

  • Welding PPE


Signs Posted

  • Appropriate signs displayed

  • To standard requirements

  • Visible and correctly located

  • Good condition

Noticeboards and Displays

  • Conspicuous position

  • Up to date

Warning Signs

  • No unauthorised entry

  • Procedure in case of fire

  • Procedure in case of electric shock


Extinguishing Equipment

  • Adequate number provided

  • Correct types for fire risks ie hydrants and fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, foam equipment, fire station etc

Fire Equipment Locations

  • Location accessible

  • Signs and demarcated areas

  • Signs indicated type of equipment

  • Signs to standard

  • No equipment obstructed

Maintenance of Equipment

  • All equipment on register

  • Inspection/service to standard

  • Tags/seals in place

  • Condition good

Fire Fighting

  • Adequate persons trained

  • Available number of people on all shifts

  • Training and competency records


Control of Entry and Exit

  • Control signs (eg. person to report to office)

  • Secure fences and locked gates

  • Security checkpoint

  • Visitor record (time in/out)


Emergency Action Plan

  • Written emergency plan

  • Contact names/phone numbers

  • Site Plan

First Aider and Facilities

  • Current first aider

  • Adequate first aid equipment

  • First-aid kits checked regularly

  • Stock items within use by date

  • Locations marked

Accident / Injury Recording

  • Monthly record of accidents

  • Record of minor injuries

  • Record of near misses

Reporting of Accident/Emergency

  • Oral notification procedure

  • Forms completed/sent



  • Safety instruction part of employment

  • Induction given before persons perform tasks

Job/Task Training

  • Safety aspects of job included with each task instruction


Adequate supervision

  • Supervisor on the job

  • Supervisor demonstrates competence

  • Use Procedure or Risk Assessment for task

  • Communicates effectively with employee

  • Provide adequate resources for task/job

  • Conducts regular task/job inspection

  • Takes appropriate action to identified hazards

  • Manages Contractor t

Employee Selection

  • Competent operator (experience & training)

  • Use a Safe Work Method Statement for task

  • Follow procedures, rules instructions

  • Check contractor competency


  • Conduct workplace inspections

  • Pre-start briefing provided

  • On the job instruction

  • Discussion of identified hazards and controls

  • Communication/Meeting records

  • Employee participation

  • Record of contractor briefing



1.1 Road Condition

  • Wide enough for vehicles

  • Adequate passing areas

  • Graded surface, no spillage, pot holes

  • Camber 2-3%

1.2 Signage

  • Access to site adequately sign posted

  • Mining/open pit hazard identified

  • Speed limits


2.1 Go Line

  • Graded and free of obstructions

  • Vehicles parked at safe distance apart

2.2 Windrows

  • Axle height of the largest tyred vehicle

  • Sufficiently wide enough to stop vehicle

  • Delineators clearly visible and reflectors clean

2.3 Surface

  • Adequate width, passing areas

  • Well graded and free of spillage and pot holes

  • Free of standing water

  • No signs of cracking or collapse of edges

  • Dust suppression

  • No oil/diesel spillage

  • Traffic movement in accordance to procedures

  • Camber 2-3%

  • Less than 10:1 gradient


3.1 Patterns

  • Access restricted with signs, windrow or cones

  • Windrows in place around the face.

  • No unauthorised vehicles or personnel

  • Pattern marked

  • Dust control for drill rig

  • Drill rig orientation to face


4.1 Walls

  • To designed angle

  • Scaled down

  • No cracks or over hangs

  • No loose material/fretting

  • Water seepage

  • Access ramp away from working face

4.2 Berms

  • Adequate width ratio to wall height

  • Stable surface, no cracks

  • Drainage adequate

4.3 Pit Surrounds

  • Drainage away from pit

  • Windrows adequate size (eg. 2m high x 1.3m base)

  • No environmental damage


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