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Fabric Checklist

Building Fabric

  • Are walls, floors and ceilings in sound condition?

  • Are doors and windows maintained in good condition e.g. no drafts

  • If designed to be opened, can windows be opened safely?

  • Is access and egress adequate, including evacuation?

  • Has any Refurbishment/ Estates work been undertaken recently?


  • Does the temperature and humidity allow for a comfortable working environment?


  • Is lighting (both internal & external) suitable for the department’s activities and enable safe movement?


  • Are sockets overloaded?

  • Are there damaged plugs, sockets or exposed wires?

  • Are alarm systems adequately maintained?

  • Arrangements in place for checking of portable electrical equipment?

  • Are there trailing electrical cables?

  • Are staff personal electrical equipment checked before use?

  • Are appliances (including kettles, toasters etc.) adequately maintained and free from defects?


  • Are furniture & fittings adequate and in good condition?

  • Are there suitable arrangements for the maintenance of equipment?

  • Are there suitable arrangements for the removal from use of equipment that is defective, faulty or requires repair?

  • Are drawers kept closed whenever possible?

  • Are staff aware of possible instability of filing cabinets?

Room dimensions, workstations and space

  • Are workstations suitable e.g. size, layout for the tasks and activities being undertaken?

  • If required, is suitable seating provided?

  • Is there adequate space for the safe storage of equipment and supplies?

  • Is shelving adequate and secure?

  • Can items be accessed without excessive stretching?

  • If used, are ladders, steps, kicksteps etc, suitable for task?

Cleanliness and waste

  • Are cleaning regimes adequate for the activities/risks?

  • Are surfaces in sound condition to allow for cleaning?

  • Is waste correctly disposed?

Floors and traffic routes

  • Is floor damaged or uneven?

  • Are there suitable procedures for dealing with spills, leaks, inclement weather etc?

  • Do trailing cables or leads pose a significant trip risk?

  • Are doorways, corridors and other traffic routes free from obstruction?

Sanitary Conveniences and washing facilities

  • Are toileting and washing facilities adequate?

  • Is drinking water easily accessible and of sufficient quality?

Emergency procedures

  • Are staff aware of emergency procedures, including evacuation plans?

  • Are heating units blocked by boxes and furniture restricting air circulation?

  • Are light switches clearly labelled, and are lights switched off when not needed?

  • Is electrical equipment generally switched off rather than left on or on standby when not needed?

  • Are any dripping taps or other leakage visible?

Other Issues

  • Are there any other issues spotted that is not on the list?

  • Detail findings and include locations.

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