Equipment Inspection Form

Use the Equipment Inspection Form to document the condition, safety, hazards involved and maintenance of various types of machinery and equipment.​

Equipment Inspection Form



Information, Instructions, And Safe Use

1. Are there written instructions covering any unusual hazards or complicated features?


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2. Are there written instructions covering where appropriate, emergency shutdown?


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3. Has instruction, in readily comprehensible form (written or verbal) on all hazards, been passed onto all those who use the equipment?


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4. Have any written instructions provided by the manufacturer been passed on to users?


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5. Have all users of the equipment been given adequate training in correct use, risks, and precautions?


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6. Is a training record kept which verifies the information, instructions, and safe use?


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7. Is the equipment being used following the manufacturer's instructions?


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8. If it has been adapted, is the adaptation suitable and safe?


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9. Is the equipment used in an appropriate environment? (consider e.g. ventilation, damp, flammable conditions)


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10. If the equipment is moved, is the weight known?


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11. Are the start and stop controls clearly marked?


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12. Are other operating controls, and the contents of any containers, clearly marked?


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13. Are there clear warning notices or markings (e.g. to wear personal protection, restriction on use, list of authorized users) where appropriate?


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Maintenance

1. Are there records to indicate information, instructions, and safe use have been complied with?


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2. Is there a system of planned preventive maintenance, including, where appropriate, the periodic replacement or refurbishing of items before they reach the end of their useful life?


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3. Have clear maintenance instructions been given to those responsible for maintaining the equipment?


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Specific Hazards

1. Is protection adequate in relation to the following: • items falling from the equipment • items being ejected • overturning • collapse • overheating or fire • disintegration


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2. Is the equipment made stable where appropriate by bolting, clamping, or tying?


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3. Is there sufficient general and, where necessary, local lighting?


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4. Is there protection against contact with hot or very cold temperatures, so far as appropriate?


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5. If the possibility of such contact is unavoidable has appropriate instruction and training been given?


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6. In the case of pressurized equipment, is there a written scheme of examination?


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7. If gas fume or dust is released when the equipment is used, is there: • local exhaust ventilation, tested at least annually? • a COSHH-specific assessment?


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Dangerous Parts Of Machinery

1. Are all dangerous parts of the machinery guarded?


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2. Are all guards of good construction, adequate strength, and well maintained?


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3. Do guards permit an adequate view of the operation where this is necessary?


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4. Is it difficult to bypass or disable guards?


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5. Can the machinery only be started when a specific labeled start device is used? (N.B. the normal cycle of automated machinery is exempt from this requirement)


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6. Is it impossible to start the machine just by resetting a safety device?


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7. Is there a readily accessible stop device that stops the machinery in a safe way?


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8. Where appropriate is there a prominent easily accessible emergency stop device?


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9. Can controls be operated safely and easily?


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10. Is there any system of work that ensures that nobody is in a dangerous position when machinery is about to be started?


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11. Does the start device need to be activated to restart the machine if: • the power fails • a control or safety device fails to trip out


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12. If the power is isolated does the machinery come to rest safely without the possibility of access to dangerous parts?


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13. Can the equipment be securely isolated from power, to prevent inadvertent reconnection: • by removing a plug from a socket that is easily visible to the person at risk? • by locking it off?


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