Work Health and Safety 2019

1. Safety Noticeboards (All)

A. "Work safe. Home safe.' Policy on a Page is displayed and is current.

B. Who Represents you displayed

C. WHS meeting minutes are displayed and current.

D. Safety Alerts / Safety Notices / Health Notices are displayed and current.

E. WHS Newsletter is displayed and is current.

2. Housekeeping (All)

A. Work areas free from rubbish and obstructions

B. Access and egress paths are clear

C. Floor surfaces safe and suitable free from slip/trip hazards

D. Floor openings covered secured correctly

E. Aisles unobstructed and clearly defined

F. Adequate lighting

G. Vision at corners adequate or mirrors provided

3. Office Safety and Ergonomics (All Office areas)

A. Workstation self-assessment checklist completed

B. Desk and chair suitable for required tasks

C. Chairs are easily adjustable (height and back rest)

D. Footrests and document holders available

E. Layout of work area is suitable for tasks and reduces bending, twisting or overreaching

F. Free standing fittings (eg filing cabinets, bookcases) are secure and stable

G. Laptops only used for short periods or additional ergonomic equipment provided eg workstations provided

H. Persons protected from sharp objects eg no sharp or protruding objects from walls or edges

I. Sufficient ventilation and working temperature in office area.

4. Electrical

A. No broken plugs, sockets, switches

B. Electrical leads in good working order (eg no frayed or defective leads)

C. No work near or exposed to live electrical equipment

D. Electrical tools and leads inspected and tagged

E. No strained leads

F. No cable-trip hazards

G. Tag-out stations in place with adequate supply of personal danger tags and out of service tags

H. Safety switch (RCD) if used, record date of last inspection

I. Switchboards secured (eg doors locked)

J. No double adaptors being used

K. Lights operational (no flickering)

L. Electrical equipment is recorded in the directorates Electrical Equipment Test and Tag register

M. Electrical equipment has been updated on the Electrical Testing Schedule which is managed by the Electrical Supervisor/other authorised party responsible for testing equipment

5. Machinery, Plant, Equipment and Workbenches(all as applicable)

A. Adequate work space available

B. Workspace clean and tidy

C. Warnings or instructions displayed - Manual available

D. Non slip mats/flooring for workbenches

E. A maintenance register and regular maintenance is in place for equipment and machinery

F. Moving parts of all machinery and equipment are guarded

G. All machines are fitted with the safety signs

H. Start/stop switches clearly identified

I. Machine noise and fume level acceptable

J. All machinery, plant and equipment is safe, maintained in a good state of repair and serviced as per manufacturer’s instructions

K. Pre-start checks are conducted on all machinery, plant and equipment prior to use and recorded

L. Warning lights and/or reversing beepers operating

M. Operator of machinery, plant and equipment to hold appropriate and up-to-date licence/certification and competencies

N. Entry of unauthorised vehicles and pedestrians is restricted in operational vehicles

O. Adequate safety signs are in place, correctly positioned, in good condition and legible

6. Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods (all A’s applicable)

A. Chemicals stored in designated area or cupboard and appropriately signed refer safety data sheet (SDS)

B. Flammable goods cupboard is self closing

C. Chemical containers/bottles correctly labelled, with correct chemical in container/bottle and label is legible

D. Waste chemicals are disposed of in accordance with requirements of the relevant SDS

E. Ventilation / exhaust systems in storage area

F. Protective clothing / equipment available / used

G. Chemical storage signage in place

H. Spill kits in place / available

I. SDSs are easily accessible, reviewed annually for currency and to ensure that the issue date is not more than five (5) years old

J. Appropriate emergency / first aid equipment shower, eye bath, extinguisher

K. Chemical manifest developed and easily accessed

L. Review hazardous chemical manifest to confirm currency and hazardous chemicals are the same as onsite

M. Activity risk assessment completed for hazardous chemicals

N. Bunding available and used in chemical storage area

O. Gas bottle storage area secured, in good condition and clear of obstructions or debris

7. Absestos

A. Asbestos identified on site

B. Asbestos register maintained on site (visual check of register)

8. Stairs, steps, landings and ladders (all as applicable)

A. No worn or broken steps, rungs or styles

B. Handrails in good repair

C. Clear of obstructions, debris and spills

D. Adequate lighting

E. Emergency lighting installed

F. Non-slip treatments / treads in good condition

G. Kick plates (toe boards) where required

H. Ladders rated and labelled industrial and inspected prior to use

I. Ladders are safe and in good state of repair (eg no visible cracks in welding, no broken rungs, non-slip feet undamaged and free of sharp edges)

J. Platform ladders over 2.0m high are fitted with guardrails and kickboards

9. Personal Protection (all as applicable)

A. Workers provided with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and PPE is worn

B. Workers trained in the use of PPE (eg how to put on correctly)

C. Regular maintenance checks performed on PPE (eg hard hats are within the life span set out by AS/NXS 1800 (2 years)

D. Sun protection measures in place (eg sun screens, hats, sunglasses etc provided)

E. Correct signage for PPE at access points

F. Correct signage for Hard hat areas

G. Hard hats available to visitors on site

H. Safety footwear appropriate to the job are worn

I. Hearing protection appropriate and being worn

J. Eye protection appropriate and being worn

K. Hand protection appropriate and being worn

L. High visibility clothing is worn

10. Manual Handling (all as applicable)

A. Mechanical aids provided and used

B. Safe systems of work in place where required

C. Manual handling controls implemented

D. Workers trained in manual handling procedure

E. Trolleys in good state of repair

F. Trolleys are clean and stored safely and appropriately when not in use

11. Material Handling and Storage (all as applicable)

A. Site storage areas established

B. Stacks stable

C. Heavier or frequently used items are stored at waste height

D. Sufficient space for moving stock

E. Heights of material safe and accessible

F. No sharp edges

G. Material stored in racks / bins

H. Shelves free of rubbish / dust

I. Pallets in good repair

J. Racks clear of lights / sprinklers

K. Racks not stacked beyond safe working load (SWL)

L. All racks are safe and maintained in a good state of repair (eg stable, secure and free of sharp edges)

13. Amenities (all as applicable)

A. Washrooms clean

B. Toilets clean

C. Meal rooms clean and tidy

D. Rubbish bins available covered

E. Drinking water supplied

F. Running water available in wash room

G. Soap and hand washing facility available

14. First Aid

A. Cabinets and contents clean and orderly

B. Contents meet requirements for risk level and are in date

C. Nominated First aiders name and contact number displayed - only, applicable to non-admin buildings (eg depots, worksites etc).

D. First aid number displayed on all handsets

E. First aid treatments are recorded

F. Immediate Injury Management hotline number displayed on all handsets

G. Defibrillator inspected and checked (green light flashing), pads checked with expiry date

15. Fire / Emergency Control (all)

A. Fire fighting equipment in place (eg. extinguisher, hose reel or fire blanket) and clear of obstruction

B. Fire fighting equipment is serviced (eg date of last inspection is not more than 7 months). Record date of last inspection.

C. Fire equipment location is appropriately signed and signage in good condition (undamaged and legible)

D. Emergency exit signage in place, undamaged and operational

E. Exit pathways clear of obstruction

F. Smoking / naked flame restrictions observed

G. Flammable goods storage available

H. Emergency personnel identified and trained

I. Emergency procedures displayed

J. Emergency telephone numbers displayed

K. Trial evacuations conducted, record date of last evacuation held

L. Telephone threat incident checklist displayed next to phones

M. Where duress alarms / panic buttons are installed, they are routinely tested and testing is recorded

N. Fire and evacuation / emergency response procedures available.

O. Occupancy limits to ensure building does not become over crowded

16. External Environment

A. Boundary security fences / gates in good condition

B. Council / staff vehicles and plant, not directly involved in work activities, are parked clear of work activities and public throughfares

C. Customer parking bays are well marked / signed

D. Public safety signage in place, in good condition, legible and positioned appropriately eg speed limits, unauthorised access etc.

E. Roadways and pathways in good condition, free of trip hazards and clear of obstruction or debris

17. Canteen/Kitchen Area

A. Are all utensils, equipment and stock stored adequately

B. Are utensils inspected and maintained for wear and tear

C. Are workbenches in good repair and clean

D. Do stoves/ovens have isolation device

E. Are stoves/ovens kept in good working order, regularly cleaned, inspected and maintained

F. Microwave kept in good working order, regularly cleaned, inspected and maintained

G. Cold room doors can be opened from the inside without a key and fitted with a bell (bell operational)

H. There is adequate lighting and a light switch available in the cold room

I. Cold room and fridges kept in good working order, regularly cleaned, inspected and maintained

18. Meeting Rooms

A. Electrical sockets and switches, including light switches, are safe and in good working order eg not broken, cracked, loose, sticking or other damage.

B. Meeting room free of rubbish, debris and obstructions

C. Access and egress paths are clear

D. Floor surface safe and suitable eg free from slip/trip hazards, including cable trip hazard

E. Adequate lighting

F. Meeting room furniture in good condition and free from any damage

19. Other (if applicable)

A. Wheelchair lift checked in accordance with manufacturers recommendations

B. Stage curtains made from flame retarded material (check label on bottom of curtain)

C. Are all stage lights secured and in good repair

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.