Audit

WAREHOUSE LAYOUT

Is area tidy and well kept

Adequate storage space is provided

Floor is free of obstructions

Any opening in the floor is guarded or covered

Aisles are wide enough for vehicular traffic and clearly marked

Walkways clearly marked and guarded if necessary.

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WAREHOUSE ENVIRONMENT

Is lighting adequate

Are lighting covers and fittings secure

Noise level is acceptable and adequately controlled

Ventilation is adequate

Where a gas heater is installed, is the heater flues to the outside (or permanent ventilation provided).

Does the heater have automatic safety cut off

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Written procedures posted on notice board/s

Extinguishes of appropriate type easily accessible and kept clear

Tags on extinguishers have been checked in the last 6 months

Visitor Emergency Guides are available (where required)

Alarms can be heard throughout the warehouse

Escape routes are clear and marked

Emergency and Hazard signage is clearly visible

Evacuation drills carried out

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FIRST AID FACILITIES

First Aid kits accessible within 5 minutes

Kits are stocked and and contents are in date

Names and contacts of first aiders are displayed

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GENERAL FACILITIES

Washing facilities are clean and functional

Lockers or equivalent are available for staff

Eating areas clean, hygienic and adequately serviced

WHS posters and information is displayed

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MANUAL HANDLING AND ERGONOMICS

Frequently used items are within easy access between knee and shoulder height

Heavy items stored at waist height

Platform ladders are available to access items stored on higher shelves

Trolleys are available for heavy items and loads

Stored items adequately secured and stable

Are cutting tools, cutting surfaces and guillotines adequately guarded

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Recycling posters and information displayed

Paper, toner and recycle bins are provided

Notice to encourage double sided photocopying is displayed.

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Portable equipment has current test tags

Power leads in good condition

Power leads are off the floor or placed away from walkways

Faulty equipment is tagged out

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

GENERAL WAREHOUSE

Warning and safety signage in good condition

Procedure, plant and equipment manuals are current and available

Warehouse free of food and drink

Is shelving secured correctly and in safe condition

Are shelving load weights known and followed

Portable loading ramps can be secured and can safely support loads

Loading dock edges are clearly marked and guarded

Loading dock gates are locked when not in use

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

CHEMICAL ASPECTS

Chemical inventory and MSDS available

Spill kits are available and maintained

Containers are labelled with chemical name and Class diamonds

Chemicals are stored correctly, bunded and segregated from all drains

Gas cylinders stored securely

Chemicals labelled

HAZCHEM and other signs adequate

Ready access to eyewashes and emergency showers

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

Area around plant clean

Access to plant is clear

Safe working instructions displayed close to plant

Plant locked or cannot be accessed when left unattended

Emergency stops are working

Plant guarding in place

No sharp edges protruding into aisles or walkways

Seating appropriate and in good conditon

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

FORKLIFTS AND OTHER TRANSPORTS

Forklift operators are trained and when required registered

Forklift operators are maintained and checked regularly

Staff are trained in in basic forklift maintenance recharging refueling

Adequately refurbished recharging/refuelling stations are provided

Is forklift safety equipment used reliably (seat belts etc)

Where gas/petrol powered forklift are used, is the ventilation adequate?

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

WASTE DISPOSAL

Waste containers are provided and labelled with Class Diamonds where relevant

Waste is segregated and stored appropriately away from drains

Spill kits are available

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

PPE

Correctly stored

Well maintained and in good condition

Signage of PPE requirements displayed

Required PPE available

Actions: (include person responsible and target completion dates)

FINAL COMMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Any other comments

General Recommendations

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.