Audit

WHS NOTICEBOARD DISPLAYS THE FOLLOWING

WorkCover “If You Get Injured at Work” Poster

WHS Policy Poster

Most recent WHS Meeting Minutes

DISPLAYED NEAR ALL EXITS

Evacuation plans with fire equipment and exits clearly marked

FIRST AID

Nominated First Aid Officer (where site has 20 or more resident staff)

First Aid Kit in a safe, accessible and known location

First Aid Kit Poster displayed

Current First Aid Certificate held by First Aid Officer

FIRE

Nominated Fire Warden in place

Emergency drills conducted yearly

Fire Blanket present and sign located above blanket in kitchens

Smoke detectors and alarms fitted

Accessible, uncluttered and able to be opened fire exits with appropriate signage

Fire extinguishers located/accessible appropriate to risk and inspected with date stamp for compliance

HAZARDS AND REGISTER OF INJURIES

Accessible Hazard Report Forms

Accessible WHS Incident Report & Investigation Forms

WHS SITE INSPECTIONS

Site WHS Site Inspection conducted 6 monthly

SECURITY

Adequate locks on all external doors & windows

Register of who has what keys

Alarm system provided

Duress alarms in appropriate interview rooms

Two exits from appropriate interview rooms

Valuable items such as cash and video players are stored when not in use, e.g. hidden safes

Areas inside and around the organisation where an aggressor could hide have been identified

Outdoor security lights triggered to operate after dark

FLOORS, AISLES, EXITS

Entrance/steps in good order

Floor coverings in good repair

Floors, even uncracked, no holes

Floors clean and not slippery

All entrances, doorways and stairs kept clear at all times

Walkways free from rubbish

STAIRS AND LANDINGS

Lighting adequate

Good visual contrast between steps

Slip resistant strips on edge (nosing) of steps

Handrails present and at correct height

Minimal variation between step height and step depth

INDOOR CLIMATE

Temperature appropriate for the workplace

Air conditioning filters cleaned regularly

Air quality acceptable, e.g. free of fumes and smells, replacement frequency adequate

BATHROOMS/TOILETS

Adequate toilets for males/female

Toilets for people with disabilities provided

Cleaned regularly

Well ventilated

Soap and hand towels/driers provided

Sanitary facilities provided

KITCHEN/LUNCH ROOM

Suitable eating/tea break facilities

Stock/food is stored appropriately i.e. refrigerated

Cooking facilities clean and in good order

Benches clean

Locked cupboard/drawer for knives and sharps

Exhaust fans over cooking units clean

Anti-slip floor surfaces

LIGHTING

Lighting in the workplace suitable for the work performed

Accessible light switches

Task lighting provided for detailed work

Overhead lights shielded to minimise glare

Faults such as flickering globes, blown globes replaced/repaired immediately

Glare minimised in the work area

Good natural lighting

Emergency and exit lighting works

HOUSEKEEPING

Work areas kept clean and tidy

Materials and equipment stored safely

Rubbish bins emptied regularly

Workers provided with personal protective equipment for cleaning e.g. gloves

Appropriate container provided for disposing of “sharps”

Procedures in place to ensure that any accidental spills or leakages are immediately cleaned up

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all hazardous substances (Not including domestically supplied items, e.g. products sourced form Coles, Woolworths, etc.)

Risk Assessments completed for all Hazardous Substances

Register of hazardous substances kept

Hazardous substances stored as per MSDS requirements

Emergency procedures in place and communicated

Workers instructed in correct use of hazardous substances

STORAGE

Materials stored in racks or bins wherever possible

Storage designed to minimise manual handling

Floors in store areas free from rubbish and packing

Files stored appropriately

NOISE

Equipment regularly maintained

Noisy equipment enclosed or isolated

WORKPLACE LAYOUT

Sufficient individual storage space

Cables secured behind work surface

Adequate space between furniture

ELECTRICITY

Electrical Equipment tested and tagged in extreme work environments

Plugs, sockets and switches in good repair

No frayed or defective leads

Adequate number of power points for the appliances in use

Earth leakage protection installed

OFFICE ENVIRONMENT – GENERAL

Adequate space for staff and clients

VEHICLE PARKING AREA

Entrances and exits clearly marked

Surface of parking area and driveways free from potholes and cracks

Well drained to prevent flooding and pooling of water

Drainage grates in good order

Direction of traffic well defined

Traffic and speed restrictions signs clearly defined and free from obstructions

Adequate lighting installed and operational

Intersections and pedestrian areas identified

Potential vehicle damage areas, corners, guardrails and entrances effectively marked

“No Parking” areas clearly identified

Parking for drivers with disabilities provided

PEDESTRIAN AREAS

Continuous clear accessible pathway i.e. no barriers

No raised curbs or changes in the pathways

Surface free of holes and projections

Well drained to prevent flooding

Adequate illumination of walkways, stairways and ramps

Anti-slip surfaces

Steps and changes of level clearly identified

Emergency entrance and exits clear, well defined and lit

WALLS/GATES/FENCES

In good order

Childproof locks fitted where needed

SUN PROTECTION

Adequate protection from sun provided

Staff and clients have access to sun block if needed

Staff are encouraged to wear hats

GAS CYLINDERS

Stored upright

Stored in a dry place

Secured to the wall/trolley by a chain or leather strap

Regularly maintained and serviced annually

Attachments completed, clean and ready for use

Date stamped on base of cylinder has not been exceeded

OTHER

Storage sheds tidy and locked

Gardens are in good order – debris, fallen branches removed lawns mowed regularly

Gardens are free of sharp objects (broken glass, metal, wood splinters, needles etc)

Containers provided for smokers (if smoking area is allowed)

Play equipment safe (check with child care agencies to identify criteria)

Close Out

Site Manager
Health & Safety Representative/WHS Committee Member
Other Worker
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.