Health and Safety Checklist

I find that I am often asked questions such as “What signage should we be displaying?” or “How often should I review risk assessments?” So I thought that this week I would give you my ABC of everyday Health & Safety topics and what you should be considering about each.

This checklist can be used as an aid in assessing and reviewing the management of health and safety in your workplace. The checklist is not an exhaustive list of items to be addressed and will not necessarily be comprehensive for all work situations.

This list looks at 20 areas of concern from Asbestos to Working at height. If you require any further help on these, or on a subject not included, please feel free to contact me on 01458 253682, email or via our Facebook page or by Twitter.

This week’s 2 recent HSE cases look at accidents where there was a lack of H&S management.

As ever, if you have a subject that you would like us to cover one week, please contact us on 01458 253682, email or via our Facebook page or by Twitter.

Health and Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to carry out effective and systematic safety inspections – Of course remember to carry out any actions that you find to be needed.


  • Have you got an up to date Management Asbestos Plan that clearly shows where asbestos is, or may be, found and the present condition of that asbestos?

  • Are your staff trained in asbestos awareness? If you or your staff are involved in the construction industry be that as a professional such as Architect, Surveyor etc. or as a site operative from tradesman to labourer, you must ensure that they receive Asbestos Awareness training annually.

    The Wilkins Safety Group are running an Asbestos Awareness Course on 10th April 2018


  • Has your fixed system been tested in the last five years? All too often the answer to this is No even though additional sockets etc have been added over the years.broken wire

  • Have portable appliances been tested/checked? I have also been asked if it is still a legal requirement to have items “PAT” tested each year. The answer is no the law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties.

  • Are cables, leads, plugs, sockets and any other electrical equipment in good condition?


  • Have you got an up to date fire risk assessment?

  • Are the means of escape clear of obstructions? Unlike the one pictured here.Fire exit

  • Has there been a recent fire evacuation drill? – When you hold such a drill do you block the usual way in and out, just to see if staff know where to go if their usual route was on fire?

First Aid

  • Have you got enough trained first aiders on site at all times and is their training up to date?

  • Is there a list displayed that shows everybody who the first aiders are?First aid box

  • Are the first aid boxes in good condition and full? – Unlike this one found on a site recently!

Hazardous Substances

  • Are they all safely stored and properly labelled?

  • Have you carried out and kept up to date COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres) assessments and made sure that all are aware of these and the control measures?

  • Are suitable controls in place and do you monitor this?

Heating and Ventilation

  • Are the heating and ventilation systems working properly?

  • Is a satisfactory temperature maintained?

  • Are there thermometers on display for all to see?


  • Are all corridors, aisles, gangways, office floors etc. clear of slip and trip hazards?

  • Are all welfare areas, (toilets, mess rooms, kitchens etc.) clean and tidy?Untidy boxes


  • Is there adequate lighting – this may need to be better in some situations.

  • Are all lights in good condition and working?

Machine Safety

  • Are all guards in position and correctly working, adjusted, interlocks checked and with no exposed dangeropus parts?

  • Have all operatives and managers been trained in the safe operation of the machinery they use?

Manual Handling

  • Has everybody in your employ been given Manual Handling training?

  • Do you monitor operatives to ensure all follow safe lifting techniques?

Mechanical Lifting Equipment

  • Are safe working loads (SWLs) Clearly marked?

  • Is the equipment being used within those limits?Machinery

  • Are the statutory inspections up to date? (Normally annual unless the equipment is used for lifting people in which case these should be at six-monthly intervals.)

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Is everybody supplied with the appropriate PPE for their needs?

  • Have staff who need face masks been “Face Fitted”

  • Are there suitable arrangements for storage, cleaning and maintenance of the PPE?

  • Is there a supply of replacement items?

  • Are there items of PPE for visitors?

Risk Assessments

  • Are your risk assessments current (reviewed within last two years) and are recommended actions being followed?

  • Are all staff aware of these?


  • Are all signs visible, clean and relevant?

  • Do you require signs up in another language?


  • Is it safe and stable?

  • Can all storage be accessed safely?(No climbing on chairs and tables)stacked barrells

Tools & Equipment

  • Are all tools and equipment in good condition?

  • Are they regularly checked and maintained?

  • Is there a register of these checks?


  • Do you have a training matrix drawn up that clearly shows what training each member of staff including management, requires and has received. Complete with dates of courses and renewal dates?

Vehicles on site

  • Are vehicles and pedestrians segregated wherever possible?

  • Is there a speed limit?

  • Do you control who can bring a vehicle on to site?

  • Do you have copies of driving licences and other training certificates for all who drive vehicles on company business?

  • Have you enforced the “No Smoking in Company Vehicles” law?


  • Is waste sorted and stored by type, clearly marked and regularly removed?

  • Do you keep copies of “Waste Transfer Notices” from waste removal contractor?


  • Do you have the correct amount of toilet facilities for the number of staff at work and for each sex?

  • Do you have/need shower facilities?

  • Do you have suitable rest and eating facilities at work for your workforce to sit and eat their food away from their workstation/tools/equipment/materials etc?

  • Have arrangements been set up to keep these facilities clean and tidy?

Work at Height

  • Is it avoided wherever possible, otherwise done from a safe platform such as a scaffold or scaffold tower?

  • Are ladders only used for short duration works?

If you would like any further help or support, please please contact us by phone  01458 253682, email or via our Facebook page or by Twitter.

Taunton & Somerset CPD Group at The Exchange House Taunton

Please note our new venue.Exchange House

Having held last week’s seminar at the Exchange House and received favourable comments so from now on we are intending to run these CPD events at the Exchange House, 12 – 14 The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4EB.

The next of the CPD events is listed below.

As previously requested, if you could let us know whether or not you can attend it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you would like to give a talk, or know of somebody who would, please contact Jon at [email protected]

Our next Seminar will be on 21st March 2018. Could you please arrive by 12:30pm prompt.

Our speaker for this one is Nick Hunt of Cupa Slate to talk about Specifying Natural Roofing Slate.

If you haven’t already booked your place, or if you are not on the CPD Seminar mailing list but would like to be please drop Jon an email and he will deal with your request.

As per our last one if you could let Jon know whether or not you can attend within 7 days of receipt of his email, it would be greatly appreciated.

Advance notice of next seminars:

April Seminar 0n 11th April will be Amwell Systems Ltd with their recently updated RIBA approved CPD Innovation in Flush Fronted Washrooms.

Contact Details [email protected], 07831 714199 or 01458 253682.

Training Courses

We shall be running new courses again in 2018 and the dates and details of forthcoming courses will be published here each week.Health and Safety

But remember we are still available for running “In House” courses and are looking to add new training courses to our list.

If you have any questions about these courses or any other training or would like us to run a particular course for you, call Jon Wilkins of the Wilkins Safety Group on 01458 253682 or email him at [email protected]

You will note that one of these courses is the 2-day Level 2 course in Supervising Staff Safely which you and your managers should attend in order to help you manage your safety properly!

Courses available for booking now