Environmental Health Inspection Checklist

Use the Environmental Health Inspection Checklist to conduct thorough assessments, ensuring compliance with health and safety standards in your workplace.

Environmental Health Inspection Checklist



Hazardous Manual Tasks

1. Are frequently used items within easy reach between knee and shoulder height, and heavy items stored at waist height?


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2. Are step ladders or stools accessible to access items stored on high shelves if required and in good condition?


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3. Are materials handling equipment available for heavy or awkward items and loads?


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Personal Protective Equipment

1. Is PPE available and in good condition?


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2. Is PPE stored appropriately?


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3. Is signage of PPE requirements displayed?


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Chemical

1. Are chemicals stored in appropriate containers?


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2. Are containers correctly labeled with the minimum chemical name and GHS pictogram?


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3. Are chemicals stored according to compatibility, with a readily available compatibility chart?


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4. Are dangerous goods cabinets used and maintained in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard such as the following? • Self-closing and close-fitting doors • Locking automatically (flammable) • Locking mechanism in 2 or more places (flammable/corrosive) • Self-releasing locking mechanism (oxidizing agents and organic peroxides) • Clearance from ignition/heat sources (flammable, oxidizing agents, organic peroxides) • Bunding • Ventilation • Other specific requirements


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5. Has the maximum volume of chemicals in the laboratory inventory been checked against ChemAlert stock holdings in the past 12 months?


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6. Are there bunding or spill trays for the storage of hazardous liquids?


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7. Are spill kits available and maintained?


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8. Are refrigerators used to store flammable materials intrinsically safe?


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9. Are refrigerators suitably labeled(e.g. no food, no drink, no flammables, biohazard)?


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10. Are segregated waste disposable containers available and labeled correctly?


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11. Are materials subject to spontaneous combustion, such as oily rags and paint rags, placed in approved oily waste cans that are emptied daily?


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Compressed Gas

1. Are compressed gas cylinder contents appropriately identified?


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2. Are cylinders secured appropriately by bracket or chain?


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3. Are all cylinders at least 3m away from ignition sources, combustible material, and stored according to dangerous goods class with compatible gases?


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4. Are empty cylinders separated from full cylinders and clearly labeled?


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5. Are appropriate resources (e.g., cylinder trolley) available for transporting gas cylinders?


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6. Is the regulator appropriate for the gas being used?


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7. Are gas lines labeled and free of leaks, kinks, signs of wear, and tear?


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8. Is gas use confined to areas with good local exhaust ventilation?


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9. Are cylinders, pipes, and valves protected from mechanical damage?


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Laundry/Wet Areas

1. Is the floor/area free from water and being wet?


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2. Is the dryer filter clean?


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3. Are drains (floors and sink) clear and free-flowing?


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4. Are taps free from drips?


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Kitchen/Food Preparation Areas

1. Are drains (floor and sink) clear and free-flowing?


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2. Are taps free from drips?


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3. Is the fridge clean and operational?


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4. Are microwaves positioned at a suitable height, clean, and operational?


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5. Is the oven/stove clean and operational?


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6. Is the area free from pests or evidence thereof?


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7. Are bench work heights appropriate?


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8. Are all utensils, equipment, and stock stored adequately?


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9. Are all cleaning products stored separately from foodstuffs?


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BBQ Area

1. Is the cooking area clean and free from waste/rubbish?


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2. Is the area around the BBQ free of grease?


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3. Is the BBQ safe and in good condition?


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4. Is the gas supply secured to the gas cooker/heater?


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External

1. Is seating available and safe?


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2. Are tables safe and clean?


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3. Are waste and cigarette butt bins available?


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4. Is the washing line safe and in good condition?


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5. Are boundary fences safe and secure?


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6. Are overhead structures safe and secure?


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Other Comments

1. Other Comments


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General Information

1. Room No(s):


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2. Supervisor:


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Work Environment

1. Is the general area tidy and free of obstruction and mess?


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2. Are spaces between and under benches, cabinets, and equipment accessible for cleaning?


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3. Are walkways/floor areas clear of obstructions and trip hazards, such as electrical cords?


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4. Are floor surfaces/coverings even, not slippery, and in good condition?


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5. Are stair treads in good condition, with no worn or broken treads?


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6. Are handrails present, secure, and in good condition?


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7. Are landings clear of obstruction?


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8. Is the lighting adequate and operational?


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9. Is the temperature comfortable?


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10. Is the area free from odors?


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11. Is the noise level acceptable or controlled to an adequate level?


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12. Is the ventilation adequate?


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Signage

1. Are first aid signage visible and containing details of first aid officers for the area?


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2. Is an Emergency Evacuation Diagram located nearby and clearly displayed?


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3. Are exit signs in place and illuminated?


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4. Is building warden signage visible and containing details of building wardens for the area?


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Emergency Requirements

1. Are exit doors marked, clearly visible, and able to be opened from inside (no padlocks)?


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2. Are exit corridors and stairwells clear of obstructions, including outside the building?


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3. Is a first aid kit located nearby?


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4. Is fire equipment (fire blanket, extinguisher, hose reel) accessible and clear of obstruction?


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5. Have fire equipment (fire blanket, extinguisher, hose reel) been inspected/tagged within the last 6 months?


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6. Are overhead sprinklers and detectors clear of obstruction?


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Electrical

1. Is electrical equipment tested, tagged, and on date?


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2. Are all power leads, outlets, and switches in good condition (not broken)?


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3. Are extension leads/power boards used as designed, with no temporary or makeshift leads/power boards, double adaptors, or overloading?


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