• Photograph of the site entry

Previous Audit Report

  • Has the previous audit report been closed out?

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, Incomplete Scaffolds, No Smoking, Traffic Management, Fire assembly, Fist Aid Points etc.

  • Ensure a new style Accident Book (which complies with the Data Protection Act) is provided on site and is available to all personnel

  • 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 site safety rules are displayed in a prominent position e.g. reception, canteen, site office etc.

  • 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?

  • Are access routes adequatelly lit?

  • Access and Egress compliant?

Access - External

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

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

  • Ensure that adequate lighting is provided, including flashing amber warning beacons where appropriate.

  • Ensure any floodlights do not dazzle drivers on the site or on adjacent public/private roads.

  • Ensure any lighting does not cause a nuisance to local residents.

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

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

  • Are major deliveries timed so as to avoid school drop-off and pick-up times and other rush hour times?

  • If necessary has the use of traffic lights to control traffic around site entrances been considered?

  • 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 safe pedestrian access is provided across all site entrances.

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

  • External Access Compliant?

Cartridge Operated Tools

  • Are the manufactures instructions being followed?

  • Is the operator/s wearing eye protection?

  • Is the gun cleaned regularly?

  • Are the gun cartridges keep secure when not in use?

  • Is the use of cartridge tools compliant?

Compressed Gasses (e.g. LPG, Acetylene)

  • Are they kept away from flammable liquids?

  • Are they properly stored in a purpose made cage?

  • Are gasses segregated by type?

  • Is the cylinder valves fully closed when not in use?

  • Do all lines have anti-flashback arresters fitted (except for LPG fired blow heaters/torpedo heaters?

  • Compressed gasses compliant?

Confined Spaces

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

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

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

  • Confined Spaces compliant?


  • Has a system been established for employees to comment and be consulted on health, safety and welfare issues.

  • Is there a site suggestion box?

  • 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.

  • Consultation 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.

  • Are material safety data sheets available to assist with COSHH assessments.

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

  • Ensure all dangerous/hazardous materials/Substances are clearly marked/identified and stored in a secure location appropriate to the substance.

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

  • COSHH Compliant?

Electrical Equipment

  • 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 low voltage tools and equipment are being used wherever possible.

  • Check that only 110v CTE hand tool etc are in use.

  • Check that cables and leads are protected from damage.

  • Check all connections are properly made and suitable plugs are used.

  • Check that tools and equipment are visually checked and regularly inspected/tested by a competent person. (PAT)

  • Ensure that cables and trailing leads are not trip hazards.

  • Electrical Equipment compliant?


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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Is there a fire risk assessment in place?

  • 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

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

  • Are the names of all first aiders detailed on the site notice board?

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

  • The location of the first aid box should be indicated on the site notice board and the door of the room in which it is contained. Are they clearly indicated?

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

  • Are damaged materials segregated to prevent them being used?

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

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

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

  • Housekeeping compliant?

Lifting Operations/Equipment

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

  • Have all lifting operations got a valid lifting plan?

  • Check that the operators are trained and competent.

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

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

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

  • All lifting equipment should have a thorough examination every 6 months.

  • Lifting Operations/Equipment compliant?

Low Level Access Including Steps and Podiums

  • Are podiums used before steps are allowed?

  • Are operators trained in the use of podiums?

  • Are podiums maintained and inspected regularly?

  • Are podiums free from defects?

  • Are steps class 1 as defined in EN131?

  • Is there a risk assessment in place for the use of steps?

  • Low level access 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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

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

  • Ensure old permits have been cancelled and closed.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 equipment 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 and that all cables are double insulated.

  • Check that tools are 110 volt and that a residual current device (RCD) is used for additional protection.

  • Ensure that the plug is of the correct type, undamaged and securely clamped to the cable.

  • Check the supply cable for cuts, splits or other damage. All all cables free from damage?

  • 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?

Risk Assessments and Method Statements

  • Are method statements adequate and suitable for the task?

  • Risk Assessments and Method Statements compliant?

Road Works

  • Road Works

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

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

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

  • 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?

  • Road works compliant?

Scaffolding/Working platforms

  • Check that any scaffold erection, alteration or dismantling is carried out by a competent person.

  • Check that all standards are provided with base plates and timber sole boards which span at least two base plates.

  • Check that all standards, ledgers, braces and struts are in position.

  • Ensure that the scaffold is adequately tied to the building or structure to prevent collapse.

  • Check that double guard rails and toe boards or other suitable protection at every edge.

  • Check that there are additional brick guards provided to prevent materials falling from scaffold where they are used as a working platform.

  • Check that working platforms are fully boarded and that the boards are arranged to avoid tipping or tripping - i.e.: no overlapping boards.

  • Do all ladder accesses have self closing gates fitted?

  • Ensure that there are effective warning notices in place to stop any person using an incomplete scaffold.

  • Check that the scaffold is strong enough to carry the weight of materials stored on it and that they are evenly distributed.

  • Ensure that the scaffold has been properly maintained.

  • Ensure that a competent person inspects the scaffold regularly, at least once a week; and always after it has been altered, damaged and following extreme weather.

  • Are scaffold tags being utilised?

  • Ensure that these inspections are adequately recorded.

  • Are all scaffolds and working platforms sutable?


  • 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 adiquate?

Storage of Substances, Chemicals and Oils.

  • Are Substances, Chemicals and Oils stored in the correct manner?

  • Are all bowsers locked?

  • Is there double bundled storage with at least 110%?

  • Are oil storage tanks at least 30m from any water course?

  • Were any/all drums stored off bear ground?

  • Is static plant fitted with drip trays?

  • Is plant and equipment in good order and free from leaks etc?

  • Storage of Substances, Chemicals And Oils compliant?

Traffic Management

  • Are traffic management arrangement suitable and sufficient ?

  • Are pedestrians segregated from moving vehicles and plant?

  • Have one way or turning points been identified?

  • Are procedures in place for the unloading of vehicles to prevent fall from vehicles?

  • Are seat belts being used?

  • Are traffic management arrangements suitable?

Training and Skill Cards

  • Are Skill Cards available for inspection?

Waste Management

  • Is a waste management plan in place and sutable?

  • Is it being reviewed on a regular basis?

  • Are waste transfare notes available and correctly filled in?

  • Waste management requirements compliant?

Welfare Facilities

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

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

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

  • Are showers provided?

  • Are welfare facilities cleaned on a daily basis?

  • Are welfare facilities compliant?

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.

  • Check that during industrial roofing, nets are provided to stop people falling from the leading edge of the roof.

  • Ensure safety nets have been hung correctly.

  • Ensure that precautions have been taken to stop people falling through fragile materials when working on roofs, e.g.: by providing barriers, covers or working platforms.

  • Ensure roof ladders are used in accordance with best practice requirements.

  • Ensure that people are kept away from areas below the roof work.

  • 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 W@H Regulations?

  • How clean was the site? 1 being very poor, 10 being excellent

  • How safe was the site? 1 being very poor, 10 being excellent



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