Saturday, September 5, 2020

General Site Inspection Checklist


  • OHS Policies and Procedures
  • All staff have access to OHS policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Workplace Occurrence Report (WOR)
  • All accidents, incidents & near misses are recorded on the WOR & forwarded to OHS



  • The work area is tidy, clean and well kept
  • Walls & Ceilings
  • Walls and ceilings (tiles) are in good repair and free from visual moulds


  • Non-slip flooring or mats have been fitted in slippery wet areas (i.e. kitchen areas, entrances) 
  • Floors are in good condition, free from uneven surfaces and general trip hazards (i.e. mats, carpet, thresholds)
  • Cleaning Signage
  • Caution signs are in place when cleaning is performed (i.e. wet floor signage)


  • Lighting is maintained in good working order and appropriate for the task (corridor, stairwell)

Walkways / Access

  • Thoroughfares are kept clear of obstructions 
  • Door handles are secure, rails are accessible and properly secured to the wall

Stairs / Ramps

  • Stairs & ramps are not obstructed & have suitable hand railing in good condition (firm)


  • All areas are free from trailing electrical cords or other cables that create a trip hazard


  • The temperature is maintained at a comfortable level (above 18°c), where appropriate


  • The noise levels seem appropriate for the area (e.g. not needing to raise your voice from 1 meter apart)



  • During departmental orientation, policy updates or specific changes, all staff made aware of the first aid policy, respondents and kits


Waste and disposal

  • All chemical, lubrication, and general waste is handled and stored at proper and assigned store areas.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

  • SDS is available and accessible on the product and has read carefully before use.
  • SDS Expiry
  • SDS’s are less than 3 years old

Safe Operating Procedures

  • Where appropriate, safe operating procedures in place and are followed by staff


  • All containers are clearly labelled to meet WHMIS standards and hospital segregation procedures

Spill Kits

  • The appropriate chemical spill kits have been provided where required

5-Chemical Storage

  • Chemicals are properly stored (e.g. segregation of incompatible chemicals)
  • Storage rooms have appropriate chemical hazard warning charts displayed on the door
  • Chemical Storage (flammables)
  • No storage of flammable chemicals larger than 5l containers
  • No more than 101 of total flammable liquids are to be stored in the open area. Quantities over 101 must be stored in approved flammable storage cabinets and labelled appropriately
  • There are no more than 235 litres of flammables stored in any given area

Fume Hoods / Safety Cabinets

  • Fume hoods/extraction systems are certified at least annually and proof of inspection displayed
  • Hoods are kept free from clutter
  • Bunsen burners are not used within the hood

Chemical Aerosols

  • Wherever possible, the creation of aerosols for hazardous chemicals is reduced or eliminated (I.e. Virox, Virex)

Cleaners Room

  • Cleaner’s rooms are locked when not in use (If access to the public), and chemicals are stored appropriately
  • Chemicals and decanting devises have no evidence of tampering

Chemical Disposal

  • Chemicals are disposed of safely and in line with SDS



  • Electrical outlets are in good condition, i.e. no burns, cracks or loose receptacle)
  • Multiple appliances are not plugged into the same outlet (octopus)
  • Outlet protective covers are in place/secure in public areas
  • Cords are safe, secure and insulated properly



  • All staff are aware of the online emergency procedures

Exit Signs

  • All emergency exit signs exist, are illuminated and visible


  • All corridors leading to emergency exit points are free from obstruction

Fire Separation

  • All designated fire doors are not propped open

Fire Detectors / Pull Stations

  • All fire sprinkler/heat detectors and pull stations are in good visual condition and are not obstructed

Fire Extinguishers / Hoses

  • Fire extinguishers/hoses in your department are signposted 
  • Fire extinguishers/hoses are wall-mounted and remain free from obstruction at all times

The following PPE is supplied, used, stored appropriately and in good condition (where necessary):

  • Eye protection (non-prescription)
  • Face shields
  • Gloves
  • Aprons and overalls
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety Footwear


Reporting Deficiencies

  • Staff are aware of the process of reporting deficiencies with plant and equipment

Eyewash Stations

Eyewash stations are in good working order and free from obstruction:

  • Weekly inspections completed and up-to-date
  • An annual inspection is completed and displayed


  • Specific equipment has been certified as per manufacturers specifications (i.e. engine hoist)

Load Rating

  • All lifting equipment has its load rating displayed on the unit


  • The ladder is in good condition and stored appropriately when not in use
  • No wooden ladders are used

Equipment Guarding

  • All guards are fitted to equipment and fans, i.e. no exposed moving parts or nip hazards
  • Wheeled Equipment (linen carts, beds, commode)
  • Wheeled equipment is in good working order (wheels, free-moving, brakes functional)

Cutting / Grinding Guarding

  • Guards cutting/grinding equipment are less than 3 mm from the grinding/cutting wheel

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