Work Health and Safety

1. Health and Safety Systems (All)

A. WHS policy displayed and current

B. Who Represents you displayed

C. Emergency procedures in place

D. Record of tool box minutes or team meetings being communicated

E. Safety signs/notices clean and well maintained

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

4. Electrical (All as applicable)

A. No broken plugs, sockets or switches

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

D. No work near or exposed to electrical equipment

E. Electrical tools/equipment, including portable power tools etc and leads:
* inspected - in good condition and working order
* tested and tagged - record test date
* stored safely and appropriately

F. No strained leads

G. No cable-trip hazards

H. Lock-out procedures/danger tags in place where required

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

J. Switchboards secured eg doors locked

K. No double adapters being used

L. Lights operational (no flickering lights)

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 and SOPs displayed

H. Start/stop switches clearly identified

I. Machine noise and fume level acceptable

J. Pre-start checks conducted prior to use and record

K. All plant and equipment is safe and maintained in a good state of repair

6. Chemicals Hazardous and Dangerous Goods (all as applicable)

A. Chemicals stored in designated area or cupboard (SDS)

B. Flammable goods cupboard is self-closing

C. Chemical containers clearly labelled, including household chemicals in their original containers

D. Ventilation/exhaust systems in storage area

E. Protective clothing/equipment available/used

F. Chemical storage sign in place

G. Spill kits in place/available

H. Safety data sheets available for all chemicals classified as hazardous

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

J. Chemical register/manifest developed and easily accessed

K. Risk assessment completed for hazardous chemicals

L. Bunding available and used in chemical storage area

7. Stairs Steps Ladders and Landings (all if applicable)

A. No worn or broken steps, rungs or styles

B. Handrails in good repair

C. Clear of obstructions

D. Adequate lighting

E. Emergency lighting installed

F. Non-slip treatments/treads in good condition

G. Kick plates (toe boards) where required

H. Clear of debris and spills

I. Ladders rated and labelled industrial use

J. Platform ladders over 2m are fitted with guard rails and kickboards

K. Ladders in good state of repair eg no visible cracks in welding, no broken rungs, non-slip feet undamaged

8. Personal Protection (All as applicable)

A. Employees provided with appropriate PPE and PPE is worn

B. Employees trained in the use of PPE eg how to put on correctly

C. Regular maintenance checks performed on PPE (eg hard hat replacement dates) hard hats are within the life span set out by AS 1800 (2 yrs)

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

E. Correct signage for PPE at access points

F. Hard hat areas correctly sign posted

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

9. 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. Persons trained in manual handling procedure

E. Trolleys in good state of repair

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

10. Material Handling and Storage (all areas as applicable)

A. Site storage areas established

B. Stacks stable

C. Heavier or frequently used items are stored at waist 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 and dust

I. Pallets in good repair

J. Racks clear of lights and sprinklers

K. Racks not stacked above SWL

11. 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

12. First Aid (All as applicable)

A. Cabinets and contents clean and orderly

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

C. First aiders names displayed on phones

D. First aid numbers displayed on phones

E. First aiders location and phone number (on site)

F. Qualified first aider(s)

G. Record of treatment

13. Fire/Emergency Control (All)

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

B. Fire-fighting equipment is serviced (eg date of last inspection is not more than 8 months).
Record date of last inspection.

C. Fire equipment location is signed

D. Emergency lights and exit signage in place, undamaged and operational

E. Exit doors open outwards and pathways clear of obstructions

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 the phones

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

N. Duress alarms/panic buttons installed are routinely tested? Is this testing recorded?

14. 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 well marked/signed

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

E. Are roadways and pathways in good condition and clear of obstructions or debris

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

15. 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

16. 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.