1. Layout

  • Is area clean, tidy and well kept?

  • Is there enough space to move around safely?

  • Is floor free of obstructions and slip resistant?

  • Are there separate waste bins for different materials ie general waste, waste metal, sharp waste?

2. Environment

  • Is there adequate ventilation?

  • Is temperature comfortable?

  • Is lighting adequate and is extra lighting provided for close work where needed?

  • Is local exhaust ventilation provided?

  • Is ventilation system tested annually?

3. Emergency Procedures

  • Are written evacuation procedures and exits displayed?

  • Are spill kits available?

  • Have fire extinguishers been provided and maintained?

  • Are escape routes and emergency doors clear?

  • Is emergency and hazard signage clearly visible?

  • Are fire exits and escape routes free of obstruction?

4. First Aid Facilities

  • Are first aiders available in the area?

  • Are names and contacts of first aiders displayed and up to date?

5. General Facilities

  • Are washing facilities clean and functional?

  • Are stairs, passageways and store rooms well lit?

  • Is warning and Safety signage in good condition?

  • Are isolation valves readily accessible and clearly labelled?

  • Are walls, windows, doors and furniture in good condition?

6. Manual Handling

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

  • Are stepladders or footstools used to reach high shelves?

7. Storage

  • Are materials stored in racks and bins wherever possible, not above shoulder height?

  • Is storage designed to minimize lifting problems I.e. heavy objects not stored on upper racks?

  • Is racking securely fixed to the floor or wall?

  • Is safe lifting sign displayed?

  • Are storage areas labelled appropriately and organised ?

8. Slips and Trips

  • Are there special provisions for slip resistance in wet areas?

  • Are guard rails and slip resistance are provided on ramps and stairs?

  • Have significant hazards been identified and assessed. All the factors that will affect the risk has controls implemented.

  • Are walkways free of hazards, such as electrical leads?

  • Are safe walkways clearly marked?

9. Electrical Safety

  • Is 110v or battery powered equipment used whenever possible?

  • Is all portable equipment inspected regularly?

  • Residual current devices (RCD) are installed at switchboards or fixed into sockets. (It should be clearly marked on socket).

  • 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 and tags is available).

10. Chemical Aspects

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

  • Is there 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 at the workplace.

  • Actions have been take to control risks. For example , an investigation has been doe 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

  • Instruction and information on PPE is available.

  • PPE stored in a clean, uncontaminated area?

  • Is signage of PPE requirements displayed on equipment?

  • Required PPE available

  • Is PPE worn properly & in good condition?

  • Is correct PPE being worn in relation to signage?

12. Noise

  • Has a risk assessment on noise has been conducted where it is likely that workers are exposed to noise levels?

  • Have control measures been put in place to reduce the risk of injury as a result of noise, including the provision of personal hearing protection?

13. Machinery and Plant

  • Records are kept of maintenance, alterations and inspections.

  • Load chart is provided and legible.

  • Are safe work method statements/warning signs clearly visible?

  • Manufacturer's manuals and operator instructions are readily available.

  • Inspection re records are made and kept in relation to plant.

  • Is there enough clear bench space to use materials and equipment safely?

  • Emergency stops tested and care working.

  • Welding screens available, maintained and in good condition.

  • Are emergency stop buttons or pedals identifiable and within easy reach?

  • Can the machine be isolated from its energy source ie electricity?

14. Guarding

  • Are all guards & other safety devices inspected & tested regularly?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Manufacturer's manuals are available for operators.

15. Welding Safety

  • Are staff appropriately trained and inducted in the dangers of performing welding tasks?

  • Are students appropriately supervised by a competent person when welding?

  • are welding operators provided with the appropriate PPE?

  • Is there adequate ventilation for welding tasks?

  • Are there appropriate warning signs in welding areas?

  • Are welding screens used when performing welding tasks?

  • Are ventilation systems working adequately?

16. Compressed Gas

  • Cylinders contents are identified and appropriately secured.

  • cylinders are stored according to dangerous goods class and empty cylinders are separated from full ones.

  • Gas lines are free of leaks, kinks, wear & tear.

  • Are correct regulators fitted?

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