Workplace inspections are a way of identifying hazards in the workplace.

  • Inspections also provide a system to monitor whether the risks associated with the hazards are adequately controlled. All elements must conduct a thorough workplace inspection at least annually. The identification of hazards and management of risks is a requirement under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and other related legislation.

  • Step 1: Complete inspection findings in the following sections

Nursing Safety

  • Is the ban on eating, drinking and smoking in laboratories enforced?

  • Is there clear signage enforcing correct footwear?

  • Is the area large enough for the work being done?

  • Is there adequate lighting in all work areas?

  • Are student bags located out of access ways?

  • Are all imitation drugs and medicines adequately labelled as such?

  • Is there a system in place to ensure that there is no diagnostic use of the equipment and consumables?

  • Are infection control procedures in place with appropriate risk assessments and practiced?

  • Is equipment correctly positioned to not cause an obstruction or hazard and free of sharp edges?

  • Are there loose or polished surfaces that could cause slips or trips?

  • Is the floor clear of waste, oil & water?

  • Are there appropriate non-slip mats?

  • Are passageways clear and equipment stored away correctly?

Environment

  • Is lighting adequate and appropriate to the task?

  • Is the area free from glare and shadows minimised?

  • Is the temperature and ventilation adequate /comfortable?

  • Are air conditioning vents and intakes free from dust build up?

  • Is there any visible evidence of mold? (e.g on air conditioning vents, windows, blinds, furniture, equipment)

  • Is the area free from odour?

  • Is the area free from distracting or disruptive noises?

  • Are hazard posters effectively posted at lab entrances?

  • Are all passageways clear of obstructions?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Emergency Response

  • Are there sufficient exits for prompt escape?

  • Are emergency exits unobstructed?

  • Are emergency exits clearly signed and adequately illuminated?

  • Are floor evacuation plans clearly displayed?

  • Are staff able to locate the Emergency Assembly Area?

  • Can the emergency alarm be heard in all areas?

  • Is fire response equipment available? (e.g. fire blanket, fire hose, fire extinguisher etc)

  • Is fire response equipment clearly signed and is accessible?

  • Are fire extinguishers secured to the walls?

  • Are fire extinguisher inspected and tagged within the last 6 months?

  • Is the first aid kit clearly identified and easily accessible?

  • Are the contents of the first aid kit stocked according to the list of contents posted inside the kit?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Amenities

  • Are tables and food preparation areas clean and well kept?

  • Are microwave ovens and fridges clean and in good working order?

  • Are microwave ovens located between hip and shoulder height to minimise spills/scalds?

  • Are toilet facilities clean and stocked appropriately?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Housekeeping

  • Is the area tidy and kept well?

  • Are floor coverings even and in good condition? Are they free of slip and trip hazards?

  • Are walkways uncluttered and unobstructed?

  • Is there adequate storage?

  • Are items safely stored so they are not at risk of falling or causing injury?

  • Are waste disposal bins/facilities available?

  • Are stairs free of trip and slip hazards?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Security Hazards

  • Have materials that could easily be converted into cash or used for illegal purposes been identified and controls put in place to prevent theft?

  • Where employees are required to work after hours, are there controls in place to ensure their safety? Are staff aware of lone worker procedures?

  • Have employees been instructed on what to do if they discover someone behaving suspiciously?

  • Are employees encouraged to walk to car park areas at night in pairs or seek assistance from security?

Equipment and Electrical

  • Is equipment in good working order?

  • Is there adequate workspace around equipment for safe operation?

  • Are tools and equipment stored in their proper place when not in use?

  • Are plugs, sockets, switches and power boards in good order?

  • Are electrical cords situated/ secured to prevent trip hazards?

  • Are electrical leads protected from damage/liquids?

  • Is power board and extension cord use kept to a minimum?

  • Do multi-outlet power boards have their own individual switches?

  • Is the use of double adaptors and piggy back plugs prohibited?

  • Is there a periodic check of equipment and extension leads? i.e. appliances & leads are tested and tagged and medical test and tagged as appropriate

  • Are safety showers and eye wash facilities functional, and tested at regular intervals?

  • Are specific items of equipment serviced in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines?

  • Is training provided in use of equipment?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Manual Tasks

  • Are frequently used items within easy access between shoulder and knee height?

  • Are heavy items stored at waist height?

  • Are step ladders or safety steps readily available to access items stored on high shelves?

  • Are mechanical aids (e.g. trolleys) readily available and used when required?

  • Are mechanical aids in good working order?

  • Are frequent breaks taken from repetitive tasks?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Workstation Ergonomics

  • Is work height appropriate?

  • Are chairs fully adjustable?

  • Is there sufficient leg room to allow proper access to workstation and symmetrical posture?

  • Are footrests provided where required?

  • Are document holders available if needed?

  • Is screen based equipment adjustable and located to prevent glare / shadows?

  • Other hazards identified? (List details)

Chemical Safety (General)

  • Is there a register or inventory of chemicals?

  • Is Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information available for all chemicals?

  • Are all containers correctly labelled in accordance with GHS? (including containers of decanted substances in smaller containers e.g. spray bottles)

  • Are all chemicals stored according to compatibility and / or license?

  • Are there approved methods of disposal for all chemicals?

  • Are there sufficient and appropriate waste disposal containers?

  • Are combustible waste materials and residues kept to a minimum?

  • Are emergency spill kits signposted, stocked and in date?

  • Are staff familiar with spill clean-up requirements for chemicals used in the Nursing Clinical Skills area?

  • Are staff trained in the use of Personal Protective Equipment / Clothing (PPE/C) used in their area?

Biological Safety

  • Are cleaning procedures established for normal cleaning and emergency spills?

  • Are systems in place for safe handling of sharps?

  • Are adequate sharps bins available?

  • Are sharps bins and bio-hazardous waste receptacles available and clearly marked?

  • Is waste management established & implemented?

  • If required, is PPE/C readily available and well maintained?

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