Hazard Identification Form

Use this Hazard Identification Form to ensure proper health and safety standards at your workplace. Audits cover manual tasks, housekeeping, security, etc.

Hazard Identification Form



General Lighting

1. Are lighting levels appropriate for work tasks, location of work, times when work is performed, and is accessible?


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2. Is glare minimized?


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3. Are light fittings clean and in good condition?


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4. Is emergency lighting operable?


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First Aid

1. Do workers have access to first aid equipment and facilities?


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2. Are the contents of the first aid kit decided using a risk assessment process?


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3. Are the contents of First Aid kits regularly checked to see if they are adequate for the workplace and not past the expiry date?


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4. Are emergency phone numbers displayed?


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5. Do workers have access to trained first aid personnel at all times?


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6. Are First Aid Kits provided in vehicles?


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7. Is there a procedure in place for managing blood and body substances spills, blood and body substances exposures, and skin-penetrating injuries?


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8. Are first aiders provided with adequate PPE and immunization?


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9. Are incidents notified to WHSQ as required?


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Hazardous Chemicals

1. Are the risks to health and safety associated with using, handling, generating, or storing hazardous chemicals managed?


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2. Are Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available for all chemicals and provided to workers?


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3. Is the hazardous chemical register complete and available?


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4. Are all containers labeled correctly?


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5. Are unused or unnecessary chemicals disposed of in a safe manner?


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6. Are special storage conditions followed where applicable?


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7. Are tasks performed as per safety instructions?


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8. Is necessary equipment for the safe use of chemicals provided (e.g., ventilation, PPE, safety shower)?


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9. Is PPE provided and maintained?


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10. Is adequate ventilation provided?


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11. Are eyewashes and showers easily accessed when required?


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12. Are procedures in place for the safe clean-up of spilled chemicals?


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13. Is a manifest of hazardous chemicals and placards displayed where applicable?


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Emergency Plans

1. Are emergency plans prepared, implemented, tested, and maintained? Do they include procedures to respond to emergencies, inform emergency services, and communicate with all workers?


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2. Does the emergency plan take into account the nature of work, nature of hazards, size, location, and the number and composition of workers and others at the workplace?


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3. Are workers given information, training, and instruction in emergency procedures?


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4. Are fire wardens and floor wardens appointed for all parts of the workplace, and are their names displayed in their areas?


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5. Are fire extinguishers suitable for all flammable substances, regularly serviced, and tagged?


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6. Are fire exits clearly marked, and exit doors easily opened and clear of obstructions?


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7. Is the fire alarm system functioning correctly and tested regularly?


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8. Are fire and emergency instructions documented and clearly displayed


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Asbestos

1. Has an asbestos register and management plan been prepared for all workplaces?


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2. Is a copy of the register and plan accessible to all workers and contractors?


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3. Is asbestos labeled where reasonably practicable?


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Outdoor Work (Heat, UV Exposure)

1. Is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation minimized between 10 am – 2 pm?


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2. Is access to adequate cooled drinking water provided?


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3. Is access to adequate shaded rest facilities provided?


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4. Is suitable PPE provided for outdoor work, including sunscreen?


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5. Are systems in place to manage heat stress and heat-related illnesses?


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Gas Bottles

1. Are gas bottles physically secured in an upright position?


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2. Are hoses in a good state of repair?


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3. Are portable gas bottles mounted on an appropriate trolley?


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4. Is there an appropriate storage location for cylinders?


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Office Environment/Computer-Based Work

1. Is workstation furniture and equipment able to be adjusted to suit the worker?


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2. Is lighting appropriate, and is glare minimized?


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3. Is the area around photocopiers well-ventilated to control ozone build-up?


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4. Are air conditioning systems maintained and cleaned regularly?


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5. Is noise not intrusive to office workers?


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6. Are storage areas kept orderly, with appropriate storage for items?


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Machinery (Plant)

1. Are manufacturer's manuals available, and are recommendations followed?


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2. Has plant design registration and/or plant registration been undertaken if required?


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3. Are risk assessments done when there is uncertainty about how a hazard may result in injury or illness?


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4. Is the plant kept clean and adequately guarded?


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5. Are starting and stopping devices clearly marked and within reach of the operator?


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6. Is there a provision for the storage of waste cut-offs?


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7. Are drip pans on the floor to prevent spillage?


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8. Is adequate workspace around machines, and is the area kept clean and clutter-free?


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9. Are lighting levels satisfactory?


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10. Is no prolonged bending or stooping required to operate the machines?


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11. Are operators adequately trained in the use of machines and in safety procedures?


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12. Is necessary equipment for the safe use of machinery provided?


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13. Are workers supervised so they are following safety instructions?


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14. Are lockout procedures followed for maintenance and repair?


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15. Are vibration hazards controlled?


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16. Is maintenance testing and inspection done by a competent person?


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Amenities

1. Are an adequate number of toilets and hand washing facilities available?


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2. Is drinking water available and accessible?


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3. Are adequate lunch facilities provided?


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4. Are showers and washing facilities provided where necessary?


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Electrical

1. Are portable equipment and leads tested and tagged or connected to a Safety Switch as required?


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2. Are there no broken plugs, sockets, or switches?


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3. Are there no frayed or damaged leads?


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4. Are portable power tools in good condition?


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5. Are there no leads on the floor where work may damage them?


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6. Are emergency shut-down procedures in place?


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Signs

1. Are suitable warning signs in place?


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2. Are exits clearly marked?


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3. Are the names of health and safety representatives clearly displayed?


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Noise

1. Are noise levels at or below Leq(8h) 85 dB(A) or 140 dB(C) Peak?


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2. Is hearing protection supplied if noise cannot be controlled in any other way?


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3. Is audiometric testing of workers required when hearing protection is used to protect from the risk of hearing loss?


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4. Do workers wear hearing protection in areas designated as hearing protection areas?


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Psychological Health

1. Are processes for preventing workplace harassment and/or bullying in place?


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2. Has a risk assessment for occupational violence been completed where necessary?


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3. Are counseling and support services available for affected workers?


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4. Do workers not work alone or in isolation where possible?


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Ventilation

1. Is there adequate natural ventilation?


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2. Is suitable local exhaust ventilation provided where required in SDS?


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3. Is the air conditioning system inspected, tested, and maintained regularly?


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4. Is thermal comfort maintained (consider humidity, temperature, and airspeed)?


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5. Is suitable personal protective equipment supplied and maintained where contaminants are unable to be removed?


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6. Are intrinsically safe electrical fans and switches used when exhausting flammable gases and vapors?


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Security

1. Are security measures in place?


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2. Is there adequate lighting within and around workplaces?


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3. Are car parks well-lit and secure?


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Confined Spaces

1. Is a risk assessment and entry permit prepared by a competent person before entry?


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2. Is there signage and a system to provide monitoring of the conditions and continuous communication with a standby person?


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3. Are specific controls in place to manage plant and services, atmosphere, flammable gases and vapors, and fire and explosion?


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4. Are emergency response procedures in place and practiced regularly?


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5. Are workers given information, training, and instruction?


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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

1. Is PPE provided by PCBU where the hazard cannot be controlled in any other way?


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2. Is correct and appropriate PPE supplied?


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3. Is PPE checked and maintained regularly?


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4. Are workers trained in the correct use of PPE?


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5. Is PPE used in the correct manner?


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6. Is PPE worn by workers when required?


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Scaffolding

1. Is edge protection installed?


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2. Are guardrails in place?


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3. Are erectors licensed?


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4. Is there a slip-resistant surface?


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5. Does prefabricated scaffolding require design registration?


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Ladders

1. Are ladders industrial standard and capable of bearing at least 120 kg of weight?


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2. Are ladders in a good state of repair?


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3. Are ladders made of non-conductive material if for or near electrical work or installations?


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4. Are ladders used safely?


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5. Are ropes, pulleys, and treads in a good state of repair?


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Managing The Risk Of Falls

1. Are risks from falls from one level to another that are reasonably likely to cause injury managed?


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2. Where reasonably practical, is work on a solid construction?


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3. Are safe means of access and exit provided in or on an elevated workplace, in the vicinity of an opening or edge, and on a surface through which a person could fall?


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4. Is the risk of falls minimized by providing and maintaining a safe system of work, e.g., installing guardrails or an industrial rope access system, or fall-arrest system, or a combination of the above?


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5. Does a fall-arrest system include emergency procedures?


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Excavations

1. Is barricading (at least 900mm high) in place?


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2. Is shoring/benching/battering/geotechnical engineer approval in place where excavation is deeper than 1.5 meters?


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3. Is safe access provided to and from the excavation?


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Access/Walkways/Floors

1. Are designated accessways clearly marked, adequately lit, and free from obstructions and contaminants? e.g. no electrical leads crossing walkways, items not stored in access ways or in stairwells, oil/grease removed from floors?


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2. Is there an unobstructed vision at intersections?


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3. Are stairs in good repair, non-slip, fitted with handrails, and have adequate foot space and even step dimensions?


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4. Are ramps no more than 1:8 or 1:14 for disabled access, slip-resistant, and fitted with suitable railings?


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5. Are floor surfaces well maintained, smooth, non-slip, and uncluttered?


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6. Is adequate drainage provided in wet areas?


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Workbenches

1. Are workbenches kept clear of rubbish?


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2. Are tools put away when not in use?


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3. Are there no sharp edges on the workbenches?


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Housekeeping

1. Are work areas cleaned following use?


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2. Are bins located at suitable points and emptied regularly?


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3. Is suitable cleaning equipment provided?


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4. Are oily rags and combustible refuse kept in covered metal containers?


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5. Are spill management procedures in place and suitable cleaning equipment/materials provided?


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6. Are regular cleaning systems in place, including high pressure for build-ups (inside/outside pathways)?


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Manual Tasks

1. Are all hazardous manual tasks risks managed as far as reasonably practicable?


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2. Are mechanical aids and other assistance used where necessary?


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3. Are tools and equipment maintained on a regular basis as recommended by the manufacturer, and records are kept?


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4. Is the weight of goods known?


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5. Do workers know the weights of loads and safe handling procedures?


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6. Is load size and weight reduced if possible, e.g., smaller packaging?


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7. Are wheeled equipment fitted with large wheels or a device such as a tug?


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8. Are hand tools lightweight, purpose-designed for the job, and ergonomic in design?


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9. Are heavy tools used frequently suspended or counterbalanced?


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10. Are tools and work items operated or placed in waist to shoulder range?


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11. Are materials placed near where they are to be used?


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12. Are tilting workbenches, spring-loaded surfaces, rotating turntables, or jigs used?


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13. Can workers see displays, documents, and information comfortably from the work position?


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14. Do handles, levers, and controls place the forearms in the handshake position?


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15. Is enough workspace provided, including knee and foot clearance?


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16. Can workers work and move around unobstructed?


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17. Can furniture and equipment, such as workbenches or chairs, be adjusted to suit each worker while sitting or standing?


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18. Is work varied between tasks?


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19. Are rest breaks provided?


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20. Are sufficient staff available to do the work, including during peak periods?


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21. Is work self-paced?


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Storage

1. Is adequate storage for equipment and materials provided close to where these are used?


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2. Are storage units, e.g., racks and shelves, suitably designed to take the weight of stored items, stable, and kept in good condition?


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3. Are commonly used and heavy items stored between mid-thigh and shoulder height?


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4. Is storage above shoulder height or below knee height only used for light or infrequently used items?


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