• Document No.

  • Audit Title

  • Client / Site

  • Conducted on

  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Personnel

IH Qualitative Survey


  • Number of employees, typical annual production capacity, etc...

  • Site is regulated by?

  • Describe the plant and the operations (age, wet plant, pre-heater, pre-calciner, number of kilns, etc...)

  • Add media


  • When was the last quantitative IH survey conducted for the site (excluding MSHA IH sampling)?

  • Has a qualitative IH survey been conducted for the site?

  • Have any issues related to IH been raised by the JHSC or IH TBS?

  • Have any issues related to IH been raised by employees and/or contractors?

  • Have any health-related cases (illnesses) been reported (cement burns, hearing threshold shifts, etc...)?

  • Have issues raised in previous qualitative or quantitative surveys been addressed?

  • Add media


  • Is the quarry located in conjunction with the plant?

  • What are the primary stock piles at the plant (limestone, aggregate, iron oxide, other additives, etc...)

  • How is clinker stored and transported?

  • What are the primary sources of respirable dust and silica?

  • What are the primary noise sources?

  • Does the primary crusher control booth have effective dust controls (door seals, vinyl chair, AC, etc...)?

  • Does any drilling equipment have appropriate dust controls (environmental cab, dust collector, etc...)?

  • Does all mobile equipment have environmental cabs, AND are they properly utilized (doors and windows closed)?

  • What are the methods for controlling fugitive dust from roadways, muck pile, etc...?

  • Are adequate wet suppression systems (or equivalent controls) in place to control dust emissions from conveyors and crushers?

  • Are controls in place to reduce exposure to welding fume during hot work in the quarry or mobile equipment maintenance shop?

  • Add media


  • What is the grinding equipment (vertical raw mill, horizontal rod mill, etc...)?

  • What are the primary housekeeping issues on raw grind area (spillage, leaks, fugitive dust, etc..)?

  • What are primary housekeeping methods (vac truck, dry sweep, shoveling, etc...)?

  • What are the primary sources of respirable dust and silica?

  • What are the primary noise sources?

  • Add media


  • What are the primary and secondary kiln fuel sources?

  • What are the process controls around the injection of FQW into the kiln (direct fire, indirect fire, etc...)?

  • What is the process for handling cement kiln dust (recycle, landfill, etc..)?

  • What are the primary noise sources (kiln drive, oil pumps, etc...)?

Alternative Source Fuels

  • What are the primary sources of ASF?

  • Are the appropriate controls in place for the risks associated with ASF (permits, characterization process, storage, handling, fire prevention and suppression)?

Kiln Turnaround - Refractory Practices

  • What is the frequency of turnaround activity involving refractory work in the kiln?

  • What are the dust control measures for removing existing refractory (skid steer, chute with spray bars, etc...)?

  • What are the practices for installing new refractory (wet saw, manual cutting, kiln ventilation, respiratory protection, etc...)?

  • What are the practices for controlling hot work fume generation during kiln turnaround (kiln ventilation, respiratory protection, etc...)?

  • Add media


  • What are the primary sources of respirable dust and silica in the finish mill process?

  • What are the primary noise sources in the finish mill process?

  • What are primary housekeeping methods (vac truck, dry sweep, shoveling, etc...)?

  • Add media


  • How do bulk cement and other cementitious materials typically leave the site?

  • Does the site blend or bag cement for downstream use?

  • Describe the packing machine operations?

  • Describe the palletizing line?

  • What are primary sources of respirable dust exposure?

  • What are the primary noise sources?

  • Add media

Audit of Group Standards Related to IH/OH

Group Standard - Respirable Crystalline Silica and Total Dust

  • Has a qualitative and quantitative risk assessment been conducted in accordance with the Group H&S risk management standard to determine exposure potential for every job classification and task?

  • Has a site specific RCS and TD-PNOR management and control program been established?

  • Has a health surveillance program consistent with the Group's HASOP been established for employees exposed to RCS and TD-PNOR?

Group Standard - Workplace Noise

  • Has a site noise survey been conducted?

  • Has a noise map been developed for the site?

  • Has noise dosimetry been conducted for employees anticipated to be exposed above 85 dBA?

  • Has the hierarchy of controls (HOC) been applied in cases where TWA noise exposures exceed 85 dB?

  • Have high noise areas (>85 dBA) been posted with appropriate signage?

  • Have employees exposed to noise > 85dBA received baseline and annual audiometric testing?

Other Group Standards - Ergonomics, Whole Body Vibration, Hand-Arm Vibration

  • Any ergonomic or other risks identified during survey? ( bagging or other repetitive manual tasks, etc...)

  • Have any musculoskeletal injury/illness claims been reported to Health Bridge that are could be attributable to repetitive motion or other ergonomic risk factors?

Summary & Overall IH Risk Perception

Summary and Perception of Overall IH Risk

  • Summary of Observations

  • What is the perception of the overall risk for the site?

  • Any significant other safety deficiency or compliance concerns noted during survey?

  • Any good practices or other positive feedback for the site in the area of H&S?

  • Signature of H&S Professional Who Lead Survey/Audit

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