Safe Premises

  • Are the premises clean ?

  • Are the workplace, equipment, systems and devices maintained in an efficient state, efficient working order and in good repair ?

  • Are floors in good condition and free from obstruction ?

  • Are floor openings adequately protected against falls ?

  • Are staircases safe and fitted with a handrail ?

  • Is an adequate level of lighting provided ?

  • Is the workplace too hot or too cold ?

Safe Processes

  • Are the various operations carried out safely ? Look particularly at :

  • Manual Handling

  • Driving of fork lift trucks

  • Storage of raw materials and finished products

  • Ergonomic aspects of machine operation

  • Use of hazardous substances

Safe Plant and Machinery

  • Are machines adequately guarded and fitted with appropriate safety devices ?

  • Are power sources to machinery properly connected ?

  • Can machinery and plant be cleaned safely ?

  • Are machines maintained in an effective state, efficient working order and in good repair ?

  • Is there a formally documented, planned preventive maintenance schedule for machinery ?

  • Are hand tools in good condition, well-maintained and used correctly ?

Safe Materials

  • Are materials being handled safely ?

  • Are some of the materials dangerous, such as radioactive substances, chemical substances or biological agents ?

  • Are these substances correctly packaged and labelled ? look for anything stored in unlabelled containers

  • Is there adequate information on the safe handling of materials and substances ?

Safe Systems of Work

  • Are safe systems of work established for potentially hazardous operations ?

  • Are these safe systems of work followed implicitly ?

  • Is a permit-to-work system used where there is a high degree of foreseeable risk ?

Adequate supervision

  • Is the level of safety supervision adequate ?

  • Are line managers adequately trained in their health and safety duties ?

Care of the Vulnerable

  • Are vulnerable groups exposed to specific risks ?

  • Do such persons need to receive some form of medical or health surveillance ?

  • Are specific provisions made for the supervision of vulnerable groups ?

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Does the PPE provided meet the requirements necessary for the particular hazards and risks of the workplace ?

  • Is there a formal procedure for selection and assessment of PPE ?

  • Do those employees exposed to risks wear their PPE correctly and all the time they are exposed to those risks ?

Safe Access to Work

  • Are access roads and internal gangways kept clear; maintained and well lit ?

  • Are specific provisions made for ensuring safe work at height and below ground level, e.g. Scaffolds, mobile access equipment, protection of excavation ?

  • Are ladders and scaffolding well- maintained and used correctly ?

Competent and Trained Personnel

  • Are competent persons, e.g. for electrical maintenance work, clearly identified ?

  • Are operators adequately informed, instructed and trained in safe systems of work ?

  • Are first-aiders adequately trained ?

Personal Hygiene

  • Is there a risk of occupational skin conditions through poor levels go hygiene ?

  • Are adequate welfare amenity facilities provided ?

  • Is there a prohibition on the consumption of food and drink in working and storage area ?

Careful Conduct

  • Do operators behave safely during their work ?

  • Were any unsafe practices noted ?

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