1. Office set up - ergonomics

An adjustable height and back rest, ergonomic chair with a five base used

Feet’s and lower limbs are supported by floor or footrest

Keyboard height allows shoulders to be relaxed

There is adequate working space on desk

Monitor approximately arm’s length from operator and eyes approximately level with top third of screen

Monitor screen is free from glare

Frequently used items are within close reach

Postural change occurs every 25 - 30 minutes

Repetitive twisting / bending of neck or back is avoided

2.Environment

The temperature is adequate / comfortable

Lighting and ventilation is adequate for the tasks required

Walkways / traffic areas are clear of clutter

Work surfaces are at an appropriate height

Noise levels are not excessive within the department

Floors are free from gaps / holes / cracks

The workplace amenities used by the staff are adequate and in a clean condition

3. Electrical

Electrical appliances, cords, and equipment have been tested and tagged. Please check all items and advise when NEXT EXPIRY date is out of all of the items

Detail next expiry date

Electrical cords, extensions, plugs and switches are safely arranged and in good repair I.e. plastic covering intact

Electrical cords are secured to prevent trip injuries

Piggy back plugs (double adaptors) are NOT used in the department

Electrical equipment is not exposed to water

4. Personal Protective Equipment

PPE and disposable gloves, glasses, aprons and ear protection are available for use and in good condition

Hand gels, moisturisers, detergent wipes readily available

Staff are wearing appropriate footwear I.e. non - slip rubber soled shoes

5. Equipment / Machinery

Safety steps or step ladders are available to enable access to all storage areas

All equipment, including office chairs and machinery is in good working order

Any damaged equipment has been removed from service until repair / replacement

Out of service or danger tags are available to place on faulty / damaged equipment

Trolleys and other wheeled equipment are neatly arranged and wheels are in good repair

6. Housekeeping

Keyboards, computer screens, printers and telephones are cleaned on a regular basis

Equipment not in use is removed to storage or disposed of

The environment is free of trip / slip hazards

The floor is free from rubbish, debris and or spills

Adequate bins are provided to dispose of rubbish

7. Emergency

Fire extinguishers and a hose reel are in close proximity, clearly marked and have been tested within the last 6 months

Detail when the fire extinguisher was last tested (will be displayed on the metal tag on the neck of the extinguisher)

Emergency exit signs are lit and are clearly marked and visible

Fire and smoke doors are clearly marked and visible

Emergency wall plans are in place clearly showing, exits and firefighting equipment

Emergency procedure flip books are located next to every staff telephone

Staff are aware of emergency procedures and how to raise the alarm - DIAL 55

Ask FIVE staff members 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

First Aid kit is available and fully stocked

Staff have received basic fire extinguisher training

8. Storage

Items stored on shelves are not stored too high. I.e. items on top shelves should be one box high

Are items stored appropriately I.e. Frequently used items and heavy items stored between knee and shoulder height

Shelves are secured to the walls / floors to prevent falling

Steps are available in all storage areas

Storage rooms are neat and tidy to allow a clear walking path and are free from rubbish

9. Chemicals

Safety data sheet (SDS) book is stored with the chemicals in the chemical storage / cleaners room

Chemical containers are labeled with the manufacture / suppliers label

Appropriate PPE is worn by staff working with chemicals

10. Manual handling

Staff follow correct patient manual handling and materials manual tasks procedures

Staff have received patient and materials manual handling training within the last year

Staff are not required to undertake tasks lifting excessive weight

Equipment is available (e.g. trolleys) to reduce the need for manual handling

11. Workplace Health and Safety Information

The below policies are displayed in the work area and signed by the hospital executive. * Work Health and Safety * Manual Handling. * Zero Tolerance - Aggression & Violence * Return to Work & Rehabilitation

Current Workplace Health and Safety Subcommittee Minutes are displayed in work area

Current monthly Safety reports are displayed in area

Injury Hotline poster displayed in work area

12. Policy and Procedure

Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) are in place for all tasks and are up to date

13. Agency / Casual / Contractor Staff

All agency / casual / contractor staff have received the contractor orientation induction checklist and ward specific orientation handout

All agency / casual staff have signed the ward attendance register

All agency / casual staff are wearing appropriate ID badges

14. Security

Identity badges are visible and worn at all times, including agency, doctors, students and contractors

Designated areas are limited to authorised personnel at all times I.e. finance, executive, HIS etc

15. Waste management

All waste is contained and disposed of in appropriate waste stream I.e. general, clinical confidential, recycle etc

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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.