1. Layout

Area is clean, tidy and well kept.

Adequate storage area provided.

Floor is free of obstructions and slip resistant.

There is adequate ventilation.

2. Environment

Temperature is comfortable.

Lighting is adequate.

Area is free from odors?

3. Emergency Procedures

Written evacuation procedures and exits displayed

Are spill kits available?

Portable fire extinguishers have been provided and maintained.

Escape routes and emergency doors are clear.

Emergency and hazard signage is clearly visible.

4. First Aid Facilities

There are appropriate first aid and emergency facilities in the near vicinity and members are aware of them.

Kits are clearly signed, stocked and contents are in-date.

Names and contacts of first aiders displayed and up to date.

5. General Facilities

Fellowship/morning tea areas are clean and tidy (sufficient space and no projects stored or completed in food preparation or consumption areas).

Washing facilities are clean and functional.

Are passageways and store rooms well lit?

Warning and Safety signage in good condition.

Walls, windows, doors and furniture is in good condition.

6. Manual Handling

Where applicable manual handling Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are available.

Memebers are inducted and trained in manual handling.

Trolleys are available and are being used for heavy items or loads.

Step ladders or safe steps available to access light items stored on high shelves.

All manual task-related incidents have been adequately investigated and control measures implemented and reviewed.

Members have been asked if there are safer ways to do the job.

7. Storage

Materials stored in racks and bins wherever possible are not above shoulder height.

Storage designed to minimize lifting problems I.e. heavy objects stored between knee and shoulder height.

Racking securely fixed to the floor or wall.

Safe lifting sign displayed.

Are storage areas labelled appropriately and organized.

8. Slips and Trips

Members are inducted and trained in minimising slips and trips

Warning signs are available and erected near spills

All slip and trip incidents have been adequately investigated and control measures implemented and reviewed.

Significant hazards have been identified, assessed and all the factors that will affect the risk have had risk controls implemented.

Walkways are free of hazards, such as electrical leads.

9. Electrical Safety

Members are inducted and trained in Electrical Safety and are following applicable SOPs. (Safe Operating Procedures).

All electrical equipment has current test tags.

Residual current devices (RCD) are installed at switchboards or fixed into sockets.

Portable RCD device is available and has been tested.

Flexable cord, plugs ad extension leads are in good condition and have either moulded or transparent type plugs.

Power points are suitable for the location and are positioned safely.

Power boards are used. (not double adapters).

Faulty equipment is tagged out. (Tag out tags are available).

10. Chemical Aspects

Members are inducted and trained in Chemical Handling and are following applicable SOPs (Safe Operating Procedures).

Safety Data Sheets (not older than 5 years) are available for workers reference and included in the hazardous substances register.

There is an up to date easy to find and read list/register summary of all chemicals used.

A risk assessment has been completed for all chemicals and harmful substances stored and used in the workshop.

Actions have been take to control risks. For example , an investigation has been done to find out whether an alternative safer chemical is available.

Decanted containers are labeled with name, risk and safety instructions.

Original containers have the manufacturer's label.

Chemicals stored according to compatibility and bundled i.e. in flammable or corrosive cabinets.

Are minimal amounts of corrosives stored, and/or used?

Only flammables stored in flammable liquid cabinet?

Are the warning signs on the cabinet legible? (e.g. DG Class 3 diamond, no smoking, no ignition sources).

11. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Instruction and information on PPE are available.

PPE store available well maintained and in good order.

Signage of PPE requirements displayed on equipment.

Required PPE available

Appropriate signs displayed to standard dress requirements visible, correctly located and in good condition, (Inside and outside).

12. Noise

A risk assessment on noise has been conducted where it is likely that members are exposed to noise levels.

Control measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of injury as a result of noise, including the provision of personal hearing protection.

Members have received information and training in relation to noise at the workplace.

13. Machinery and Plant

Work area is organized for the safety of the mobile plant operator and pedestrians. (Safe walkways on floor?)

Records are kept of maintenance, alterations and inspections.

Are safe work method statements/warming signs clearly visible?

Pre-start safety check of mobile plant is carried out in accordance to Manufactures instructions

Manufacturer's manuals and operator instructions are readily available.

Inspection records are made and kept in relation to plant.

Are records of training held for appropriately trained people?

Emergency stops tested and are working.

14. Guarding

Instructors and members are properly trained, familiar with the operation and set up of machinery and able to demonstrate safety features.

Where fixed guards are provided, they prevent operation of the machinery when open, the guards are prevented from opening while the machinery is in operation.

Where a presence sensing system is used, it operates as intended and stops the machinery when the light beams or sensors are interrupted.

Guards protect against hazards to the rear and sides of machinery.

Pre-operational checks are conducted to ensure safety features are in working order.

Warning signs and decals clearly visible.

Where it is not practical to provide guarding and people are required to operate or pass close to dangerous moving parts, a safe system of work is in place to reduce risk.

Manufacturer's manuals are available for operators.

15. Documentation

New shed supervisors and instructors are appointed by Church Council based on recommendation from Iona Mens Shed committee.

Existing Instructors and shed supervisors are endorsed by Church Council annually

Member application forms completed by all attendees.

Training records kept for all members.

16. Other Hazards noted at time of inspection.

Description of Hazard

Photos of Hazard

What action could be taken to remove or reduce this hazard?

Please sign and email the report to the Church Council Secretary.
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Final comments

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.