1.0 - Previous inspection

1.1 - Has the last inspection been reviewed?

1.2 - Are there outstanding actions?

What is being done to address the required action?

2.0 - Emergency Preparedness

2.1 - Fire doors are not blocked by carts, equipment, or materials or propped open?

2.2 - Extinguishers clear of obstructions?

2.3 - Fire Exit signs are illuminating and working properly?

2.4 - Emergency Exit Corridors / Doors are clear?

2.5 - Do staff know the location of fire exits?

2.6 - Do staff know where to locate the Emergency Procedures Manual?

2.7 - Do staff know who the Fire Warden is?

2.8 - Helmet, vest and torch all in working order and kept centrally?

2.9 - Floor plans are displayed and are accurate?

2.10 - All staff are aware of local code procedures?

3.0 - Manual handling

3.1 - Have hazardous manual handling tasks been identified?

3.1(a) - Have risk assessments been completed and controls identified and implemented?

3.2 - Are the implemented controls effective?
I.e. do they manage the risk?

3.3 - Do you need assistance from the Manual Handling Coordinator?

Manual Handling Coordinator can be contacted on ext: 7382

4.0 - General

4.1 - All staff aware of their HSR?

4.2 - Have recent hazards and risks been identified?

What has been done to manage the hazard or risk?

4.3 - Are any processes, equipment, tasks or environmental / workplace factors causing delays, frustration or concern for staff?

What are the issues / concerns?

4.4 - Have there been any injuries in the department?

What has been implemented to ensure that the cause of the injury does not happen again?

4.5 - Have all staff signed the Safety Charter.

The WHS Department can be contacted on ext: 7682 to talk to staff about the Safety Charter.

4.6 - How many hours have been spent on WHS in the department?
(Minimum of 2 hours per month)

4.7 - Storage / utility rooms clean and orderly?

4.8 - Desks, chairs, furniture in safe condition?

4.9 - Linen slings in place and skips not overloaded?

5.0 - Training & Competence

5.1 - Have all staff attended orientation and been inducted into the department?

5.2 - Are staff trained and competent in all safe work practices (SWP's)?

5.3 - Are there CAREwise Champions in the department?

No. CAREwise Champions
5.4 - Number of staff who have completed manual handling training this year
5.5 - Number of staff who have completed fire and emergency training this year
5.6 - Number of staff in the department
6.0 - Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods

6.1 - Do staff know how to access and obtain an MSDS?

All MSDS's are available from the WHS Department intranet page via the ChemAlert link on the right hand side.

6.2 - Is the department chemical register up to date?

6.3 - Is PPE available for use when working with chemicals?

6.4 - Medical gas cylinders are restrained properly in bins, racks or hand carts?

7.0 - Electrical equipment and devices

7.1 - All electrical devices and leads have been tested and tagged?

7.2 - Are double adapters used?

7.3 - Are any electrical leads showing signs of wear?

If yes, remove from service immediately and notify engineering

8.0 - Surfaces (slips, trips & falls)

8.1 - All floor surfaces are clean and free of cracks, holes or lifting?

8.2 - Have staff reported any slippery floor surfaces (or near misses, slips, etc)?

9.0 - Waste Management

9.1 - Sharps boxes / bins are no more than 3/4 full; syringe disposed of correctly?

9.2 - Biohazard containers / bins are stored properly?

9.3 - Linen and rubbish chutes working and sign posted?

9.4 - Waste bins are only 3/4 full and not overfilled?

9.5 - Cytotoxic bins are labelled and have correct PPE available?

9.6 - Cytotoxic products and wastes are handled as per hospital procedures?

10.0 - Equipment Maintenance

10.1 - All equipment is in good order and not requiring repair / attention?

10.2 - Does the bed transport equipment have instructions available for staff to read?

10.3 - Are all wheelchairs, shower and commode chairs in good working order?


Additional Comments

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.