Previous Audit Report

  • Has the previous audit report been closed out?

  • Have all previous issues been cleared?

Management Controls

  • Check that a signed copy of Form 10 has been sent to the local HSE office and that a copy is displayed on site.

  • Check employers and public liability insurance certificates are valid and on display.

  • Have appropriate signs/notices been erected around the site i.e. mandatory use of PPE, Traffic Management, Fire assembly, First Aid Points etc.

  • Ensure that all persons are familiar with the requirements of the site safety rules and that they are complied with on site.

  • Ensure all contractors have been provided with information relating to Health & Safety for the work they are undertaking.

  • Ensure adequate supervision is provided for all activities on the site paying particular attention to work activities as undertaken by young persons and/or those which are high risk activities.

  • Ensure all subcontractors have been competency assessed and inducted.

  • Ensure streetworks card holder is on site.

  • Ensure all staff have CSCS cards relevant to the task being carried out.

  • Management controls compliant?

Access and Egress

  • Is there safe access and egress to all working areas of the site?

  • Have pedestrian walkways been provided to protect them from moving vehicles?

  • Are walkways free from obstructions and stored materials?

  • Access and Egress compliant?

Access - External

  • Ensure site access points are clearly signposted on the approaches to the site.

  • Ensure all signage is in accordance with Chapter 8 of the New Roads & Street works Manual.

  • Ensure adequate on-site signage is provided to warn and advise both vehicle drivers and pedestrians.

  • Ensure that there is always a clear access route to and from all parts of the site.

  • Have access routes been agreed with the fire and other emergency services prior to the start of works.

  • Ensure the approaches to the site are kept clear of site traffic.

  • Has any parking of contractors vehicles on the approach roads been agreed with the Highways Authority?

  • Ensure approach roads are kept clean and tidy and that any debris is removed promptly.

  • Ensure there are suitable barriers and warning notices to keep members of the public separated from the site works and site traffic.

  • Ensure the site is securely fenced at all times to prevent unauthorised access.

Compressed Gasses (e.g. LPG, Acetylene)

  • Are gases bottles securely stored on vehicle.

Confined Spaces

  • Confined Spaces include manholes, shafts, pits/tanks, pipes/culverts, certain excavations, silo's and other confined/enclosed spaces.

  • All work in confined spaces should be subject to a specific risk assessment and be carried out in accordance with Permit to Work/Enter and a safe system of work.

  • Only appropriately trained and qualified persons who have undergone an accredited confined spaces entry course shall be permitted to enter a confined space, and only then if the correct checks have been made and the correct safety equipment (breathing apparatus, gas detection equipment, emergency escape equipment etc) are used.

  • Is there a risk assessment for the confined spaces work?

  • Ensure all confined space permits have been checked, are valid and being strictly enforced.

  • Controls should include atmospheric monitoring, emergency escape arrangements, adequate supervision (i.e.: a top man outside of the confined space), method of raising the alarm and safe access/egress etc.

  • Check permits are closed and cancelled upon completion of the works.

  • Confined Spaces compliant?


  • Ensure appropriate Tool Box Talks are given to all employees and that the Tool Box Talks are appropriate and relevant to the work being undertaken.

  • Ensure that an attendance register has been maintained and signed by all persons present at each Tool Box Talk.

  • Communications compliant?

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

  • Have COSSH Assessments been carried out for all potentially hazardous materials and substances being used on the site.

  • Have the hazards associated with the use of such materials been properly communicated to those affected.

  • Have the appropriate control systems and PPE been provided and is the PPE being used.

  • COSHH Compliant?

Underground utilities

  • Ensure that existing services e.g.: electricity cables, gas mains etc have been identified and effective steps have been taken to prevent danger from them.

  • Check that Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) is available and calibrated.

  • Electrical Equipment compliant?

Environmental Management

  • Site wide issues

  • Environmental Emergency

  • Is an Emergency Plan in place?

  • Evidence of ongoing review?

  • Is it communicated via induction?

  • Is it tried and tested?

  • General Environmental Management

  • Are environmental guidance notes available on site?

  • Have all potential pathways been identified and addressed?

  • Are any consents required?, if so are they being monitored and complied with?

  • Are any noise/dust issues present and are they being suitably controlled?

  • Are weekly environmental checks taking place?

  • Is plant and equipment fitted with suitable and effective silencers?

  • Environmental Registers

  • Is the environmental register up to date and relevant?

  • Is the site registered under the hazardous waste regulations?

  • Is an Aspects & Impacts register in place - risk prevention measures identified etc.?

  • Spill Response

  • Are spill kits available?

  • Located in the correct areas?

  • Staff and operatives aware of their location?

  • Have emergency drills taken place?

  • Is their location communicated via induction?

  • Are the contents regulary checked?

  • Working on or near water

  • Are consents in place?

  • Is any silty water being treated or disposed of to foul?

  • Are appropriate pollution prevention measures in place and adequate?

  • Are soil heaps located away from rivers/streams?

  • Environmental Management compliant?


  • Ensure that checks are made to determine the presence of any buried services before and during all excavation works.

  • All excavations should be carried out in accordance with a detailed method statements and permit to dig (over 1.5m). Is there a permit to dig?

  • Check that there is adequate support and propping for the excavation, or whether it has been sloped or battered back to a safe angle.

  • Check that there is a safe method used for placing supports, without the need for operatives to work in an unsupported trench.

  • Check that there is safe access into the excavation (i.e.: a sufficiently long and secured ladder).

  • Check that barriers or other protection to stop people/vehicles falling in are in place.

  • Does the excavation affect the stability of neighbouring structures or services.

  • Ensure that materials, spoil and plant is stored away from the edge of the excavation to reduce the chance of collapse.

  • Ensure that the excavation is regularly inspected by a competent person and that a record of such inspections is maintained.

  • Excavations/Earthwork compliant?

Fire Risks and Management

  • Ensure there are emergency procedures for evacuating the site in case of a fire, flood, explosion etc.

  • Ensure all staff know what these procedures are and that they form part of the site induction.

  • Check that there is an adequate means of raising the alarm, and that it is regularly tested.

  • Ensure that there are adequate escape routes and that these are kept clear of obstructions.

  • Ensure that the quantity of flammable materials, liquids and gases are kept to a minimum and are adequately stored.

  • Ensure that smoking and other ignition sources are banned in areas where gases or flammable liquids are stored or used.

  • Check that flammable and combustible waste is removed regularly and stored in suitable bins and skips.

  • Check that suitable fire extinguishers are provided and that they are maintained and in a good condition.

  • Check that all fire extinguishers have had an annual inspection.

  • Fire Risk and Management compliant?

First Aid

  • An appropriate number of trained and qualified first aiders should be available on the site.

  • Check the number of first aiders required, this is dependent on the type of work or operations, the number of workers on site and any special or unusual hazards.

  • Are Additional suitably qualified persons available to ensure adequate first aid provision is provided.

  • Ensure the first aid kit contains only first aid materials.

  • First Aid requirements compliant?


  • Ensure all debris and waste is removed from the work area upon completion of the work or at the end of each shift.

  • Ensure Debris is not be allowed to collect around the site.

  • Ensure staff adopt the philosophy of 'A tidy site is a safe site'.

  • Ensure materials are stored in an appropriate manner so as not to cause damage to or a weakening of the material.

  • Are damaged materials segregate to prevent them being used?

  • Are All pipes and tubes etc securely wedged or choked to prevent accidental movement?

  • Are All hazardous/flammable liquids contained within a bundled area/tank?

  • Ensure all waste receptacles are are appropriately signed for their intended contents.

  • Housekeeping compliant?

Health & Safety Management Plan (HSE notifiable sites)

  • Ensure the project management plan is up to date and signed by all relevant parties.

  • Is an emergency plan defined and in place complete with emergency contact numbers?

  • Is the plan meaningful and communicated to all parties, including sub contractors?

  • Are responsibilities defined?

  • Health and Safety Management Plan compliant?


  • Ensure all staff receive a site specific safety induction before starting work.

  • Ensure all staff who have been inducted wear a photo identification badge.

  • Are all visitors including the client representatives being escorted on site

Lifting Operations/Equipment

  • Ensure a (competent) Appointed Person co-ordinates all lifting operations.

  • Have all lifting operation got a valid lifting plan?

  • Ensure that all lifting equipment has been tested and installed by a competent person and is regularly maintained and inspected.

  • Check that the operators are trained and competent.

  • Check that the rated capacity/safe working load is clearly marked.

  • Ensure that the lifting equipment is capable of lifting the heaviest component within the anticipated working radius - allow for sufficient spare capacity.

  • Ensure that cranes and other lifting equipment has sufficient space to operate safely.

  • All lifting equipment (chains, strops, hooks etc) should have a thorough examination every 6 months.

  • Ensure lifting operations do not take place near overhead power lines and excavations.

  • Lifting Operations/Equipment compliant?

Manual Handling

  • Ensure that a manual handling risk assessment has been completed wherever regular lifting of heavy loads is required.

  • Check the suitability of using wheelbarrows, hoists, telehandlers and other plant or machinery so that manual handling of heavy objects is kept to a minimum.

  • Avoid the repetitive laying of heavy building blocks weighing more than 20KG.

  • Ensure all staff have received manual training.

  • Manual Handling compliant?

Mobile Scaffold Towers

  • Check that proprietary tower scaffolds have been erected and are being used in accordance with the suppliers instructions.

  • Check that the wheels of any tower scaffold have been locked when in use and check that the platform is empty when being moved.

  • Are they tagged safe for use?

  • Mobile Towers compliant?

Occupational Health, HAV'S, Noise and Associated Health Risks

  • Check that workers have had information and training so that they know what the risks are from HAV.

  • Check that exposure to HAV has been reduced as much as possible by selecting suitable work methods and Plant.

  • Ensure reduced-vibration tools are used wherever possible.

  • Check vibration tools are properly maintained.

  • Check whether health surveillance for people exposed to high levels of hand-arm vibration over long periods is in place.

  • Limit the exposure of persons to HAV by ensuring that no person uses vibrating tools for longer than the manufactures guided times.

  • Noise - As a general rule, if you: - have to shout to be heard at a distance of 2m, the noise level is approx 85dB and you should consider wearing hearing protection.

  • - have to shout to be heard at a distance of 1m, the noise level is approx 90dB and you should definitely wear hearing protection.

  • Ensure that workers have had training so they are aware of the risks from noise on site and what they need to do to avoid these risks.

  • Check whether the noise can be reduced by using different working methods or selecting quieter plant e.g.: by fitting breakers and other plant or machinery with silencers.

  • Preventative maintenance can also help to reduce the noise caused by wear and tear on plant and machinery.

  • Ensure that people not involved in the work are kept away from the source of the noise.

  • Occupation health, HAV'S, Noise and associated risks compliant?

Permits to Work

  • Hot Works - Hot Works include welding, oxy-acetylene cutting, use of angle grinders/skill saws etc.

  • Ensure all Hot Works Permits have been checked and reviewed and are valid for the work conditions.

  • Ensure suitable and sufficient fire prevention measures are in place, including the removal of all combustible materials, the use of fire blankets and fire extinguishers.

  • Ensure old permits have been cancelled and closed.

  • Dig - digging includes, excavations, knocking in pins, breaking ground etc.

  • Ensure permits to dig have been prepared and issued where the excavations are complex, hazardous or impact on the work or operations of another.

  • All permits to dig should be checked and reviewed prior to issue to ensure the appropriate controls have been included.

  • Ensure all contractors are working in accordance with permits to dig.

  • Ensure the permit is valid.

  • Check old permits have been cancelled and closed.

  • Permits compliant?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • PPE General Requirements - Ensure PPE compatibility issues have been considered and that one piece of PPE not restrict the effectiveness of another piece of PPE.

  • Ensure that PPE is issued on an individual basis.

  • Ensure that it is suitable for the type of work being undertaken.

  • Check that the PPE is marked with the genuine 'CE' mark to help identify type of protection.

  • Check that it is kept in good condition.

  • Ensure that it is appropriately replaced.

  • Ensure all staff and visitors are wearing Hi-Viz vests or jackets.

  • Eye Protection

  • Ensure that it is of a suitable grade for the type of work being undertaken. I.e. light protection or full goggle etc.

  • Check that it is kept in good condition.

  • Foot Protection

  • Ensure that footwear is manufactured to CE standards.

  • Ensure that footwear is fitted with steel toecaps and steel sole plates.

  • Hand Protection - Ensure that where damaged to the hands may occur through activities such as handling, or when using hazardous substances/chemicals that all persons affected wear the appropriate class of safety glove.

  • Are all gloves free from damage?

  • Ensure gloves are the correct size.

  • Ensure gloves are correct for their application and the activity being undertaken.

  • Check that hands are washed frequently after spells of work.

  • Check the availability of barrier creams and skin cleansers.

  • Hearing Protection

  • Ensure the correct type of protection is in use for the task.

  • Ensure that hearing protection is used as instructed.

  • Where ear plugs are in use ensure the correct size ear plugs are being worn.

  • Ensure that hearing protection is kept clean and checked regularly for damage.

  • Ensure Areas which are mandatory hearing protection zones are signed as such using the appropriate signs.

  • Respiratory Protection (RPE) - Avoid the use of nuisance dust masks.

  • Ensure that the correct type of respiratory equipment is used for the works being undertaken.

  • Ensure that persons are trained for the use of the RPE and where applicable have a face fit test to ensure the effectiveness of the RPE.

  • Ensure that all equipment is cleaned and checked after use.

  • Safety Helmets

  • Ensure all staff and visitors are wearing safety helmets.

  • Were all helmets found free from damage?

  • Ensure helmets are worn correctly.

  • Were helmets within their expiry date - helmets should be changed every 2-3 years.

  • PPE requirements compliant?

Plant & Equipment

  • Ensure that tools and equipments are stored correctly to avoid damage to the equipment and persons.

  • Dry, covered and secure storage areas should be provided for all tools and equipment.

  • Hand tools

  • Ensure that the right tools and equipment are being used for the right job.

  • Were all hand tools found to be in good condition with no defects?

  • Power Tools

  • Ensure operatives have been trained to use the tools/equipment they are using.

  • Check that all dangerous parts are guarded e.g. gears, chain, drives, projecting engine shafts etc.

  • Check that guards are secure and in good repair.

  • Ensure that the tools are in a good state of repair and carries appropriate safety symbol e.g. BS kite mark, CE Mark etc.

  • Check that safety devices are operating properly.

  • Ensure that all operators are trained and competent.

  • Plant

  • Ensure all Plant and Machinery is inspected on a weekly basis by a competent person and recorded in a Plant Inspection Register.

  • Do all plant fitted with a semi-automatic hitch have safety pins fitted?

  • Are all plant operators trained and hold a valid plant operators card for the categories being operated?

  • Is Plant Used Correctly.

  • Plant and Equipment compliant?

Registers and Records

  • Check the site Inspection Registers for items such as scaffolding, excavations, coffer dams, plant and other equipment have been completed in a timely fashion.

  • Registers and Records compliant?

Risk Assessments and Method Statements

  • Ensure all Method Statements have been prepared by a competent person and have been checked, reviewed and signed.

  • Are method statements adequate and suitable for the task?

  • Does the method statement offer the necessary controls and required level of protection?

  • Ensure all contractors are working in accordance with the method statement.

  • Risk Assessments and Method Statements compliant?

Road Works

  • Road Works

  • Is there a site specific risk assessment in place for road works?

  • Is a copy of the Code of Practice: safety at street works and road work, available on site?

  • Are supervisors qualified under the new road and street works Act?

  • Is there at least one trained operative available at all times?

  • Has the local Authority been consulted?

  • Are all signs approve in accordance with British Standards?

  • Are signs properly secured?

  • Are provisions in place to check signs etc at regular intervals?

  • Are signs reflective or lit after dark?

  • Are cones and lamps in place as required?

  • Are roads and pedestrian footpaths clear of debris and mud?

  • Are advisory speed limits in place where required?

  • Are temporary traffic controls in place where required?

  • Are misleading permanent sign covered?

  • Road work - Completion

  • Have all signs, cones and lamps been removed?

  • Have all permanent signs been restored?

  • Have the appropriate authorities been informed that the works are complete?

  • Has all debris and mud been removed from surrounding areas?

  • Road works compliant?


  • Are the public fenced off or otherwise protected from the work?

  • Is out of hours security is place?

  • Is the perimeter fence secure and un-damaged?

  • Are all gated secured?

  • Are site security arrangements adequate?

Temporary Works

  • Is there a temporary works register and is it maintained?

  • Appointments - The following must in place and appointed in writing:

  • Temporary Works Designer.

  • Temporary Works Co-ordinator.

  • Temporary Works Supervisor.

  • Are competences available for all appointees?

  • Design

  • Has the TW been designed in accordance with BS5975:2008?

  • Identify the categories found on site in accordance with 5975' - 0, 1, 2, 3.

  • Is there a process in place for the site to communicate any changes etc back to designers?

  • Works

  • Have full working method statements and risk assessments been received and approved?

  • Are checks organised for critical stages?

  • Is there safe access and egress to the works and is it maintained?

  • Has the TW been inspected on completion and is there a record of the inspection?

  • Has permission been given (permit to load) prior to loading?

  • Are any necessary guard rails in place?

  • Has permission been given to dismantle the works?

  • Are temporary works being carried out in accordance with BS5976?

Traffic Management

  • Has a traffic management plan been prepared?

  • Are traffic management arrangement suitable and sufficient ?

  • Are pedestrians segregated from moving vehicles and plant?

  • Are traffic management arrangements suitable?

Training and Skill Cards

  • Are all persons trained for their respective tasks?

  • Are CSCS Cards available for inspection?

Waste Management

  • Are all waste carriers and transfer stations records available?

  • Are waste transfer notes available and correctly filled in?

  • Is the process communicated via induction?

  • Waste management requirements compliant?

  • Has waste been segregated.

Welfare Facilities for larger schemes

  • Ensure a facility is provided to change, dry and store clothing.

  • Mess facilities should include a place where workers can sit, make hot drinks and prepare food.

  • Mess facilities shall be of sufficient size for the number of employees on site and are provided with heating.

  • Ensure access to the welfare facilities are accessible to all persons on the site.

  • Ensure a supply of wholesome drinking water and cups are provided.

  • Ensure that all drinking water supplies are appropriately signed.

  • Ensure sufficient toilets are readily available, maintained, kept clean & are properly lit.

  • Ensure there are washbasins, hot and cold running water, soap and towels.

  • Ensure that the washbasins are large enough to wash up to the elbow and are kept clean.

  • Where the nature of the work demands it, showers shall be provided.

  • Are showers provided?

  • Are welfare facilities cleaned on a daily basis?

  • Are welfare facilities compliant?

Working at Height

  • Check whether the work can be undertaken without working at height.

  • Check that access equipment is erected by competent persons and checked before use.

  • Ensure safe access and egress have been provided to areas.

  • Roof Work

  • Ensure that edge protection is provided to stop people or materials falling.

  • Ladders - Ladders should be used at an angle of 1:4 (75 degrees).

  • Ensure that ladders are in good condition, are not split, warped or have damaged rungs etc.

  • Check whether ladders are suitable for the purpose - only for short term work or for gaining access to another area.

  • Check that ladders rest against a solid level surface and that this is not a fragile or insecure material.

  • Check that ladders are secured to prevent them slipping sideways or backwards.

  • Check that ladders rise a sufficient height above their landing place (approx. 1m or 5 rungs).

  • Safe landing platforms to be provided where a ladder rises to a height of 9m or more.

  • Are work at height operation in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations?

Working on or near Water

  • Check all access passages and working platforms are clear and free from obstructions.

  • Are Pontoons correctly loaded and securely moored.

  • Are embark and landing points provided.

  • Check appropriate use of safety nets and that they are securely fastened.

  • Ensure that buoyancy/life saving equipment is available and accessible.

  • Ensure workers know how to raise the alarm and that they are aware of the procedures are in place if an incident in water occurs.

  • Where appropriate ensure a manned rescue boat is provided.

  • Are working on or near water compliant?



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