WHS Inspection Checklist - Offices

Use this WHS Inspection Checklist template for workplace office inspections, in compliance with Australia's WHS (Work Health & Safety) regulations.

WHS Inspection Checklist - Offices



Office Safety And Ergonomics

1. Are office chairs stable, adjustable, and in good working condition?


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2. Is the layout of the work area suitable for tasks being performed and designed to reduce overreaching/awkward postures?


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3. Are heavy and frequently used items stored at waist heights?


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4. Are all items, within the work area, secure and stable?


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5. Are dual screens positioned at the same height with a small gap between the monitors?


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6. Is the height/width and depth of the work surface sufficient to work at workstations ergonomically?


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7. Are appropriate ladders available to reach higher shelves?


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Manual Handling Tasks (MH)

1. Are frequently used items in easy reach, so that staff are not overstretching and straining their body?


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2. Are bulky/heavy objects stored at waist height?


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3. Is there sufficient space around furniture and equipment to enable easy access to frequently used items?


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4. Are appropriate manual handling aids (trolley/safety step) available and in good working condition?


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Housekeeping

1. Is the floor in good condition and free of trip hazards?


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2. Are carpet cord covers used? (if power cords run across the floor)


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3. Are items at height, or on shelves, stable?


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4. Are the aisles and walkways clear from obstructions or sharp edges?


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5. Are all fixtures/fittings/lighting in good working order?


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6. Are the waste disposal and recycling bins adequate and serviced?


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Indoor Environment

1. Is the ventilation/air flow adequate within the work area?


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2. Is lighting suitable for tasks being performed in the work area?


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3. Are there any issues with the temperate control in the work area?


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4. Are any hazardous chemicals (incl. some household chemicals in commercial quantities) stored in the work area?


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5. If yes, Is a chemical register developed, and are relevant Safety Data Sheets available to all users within the working or learning area?


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Access/Egress

1. Are all passageways free from obstructions, electrical cords, and other trip hazards?


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2. Are exits clearly visible, unobstructed & adequately lit?


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Fire And Evacuation Safety

1. Have the fire hose reels and extinguishers been inspected in the last six months?


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2. Is the fire equipment available in the work area appropriate and readily accessible?


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3. Are flammable materials, such as paint, stored securely?


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4. Are floor plans, with clearly marked emergency assembly points, and ‘In an Emergency’ posters displayed in the work area?


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5. Are the names of the trained evacuation wardens displayed in the work area?


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6. Have evacuation drills occurred within the area?


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7. Are staff asked whether sirens and alarm signals are audible in the work area?


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First Aid

1. Are first aid kits available and accessible?


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2. Is there first aid signage to indicate where first aid kits are stored?


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3. Are the contents of the first aid kits depleted?


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4. Are the first aid kits in the area inspected, within the last six months?


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5. Is there a current poster, displayed in the area, which lists the names and contact details of First Aid Officers?


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Electrical Items

1. Are double adaptors used (or is piggybacking occurring)?


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2. If yes, is a Properties and Facilities request submitted to Service Central to request alternative plugs?


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3. Are Residual Current Devices (RCDs) used whenever mobile electrical devices are used?


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4. Are power leads/extension cords/power boards in good working order? If not, is the equipment removed and isolated from the work area?


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5. Is electrical equipment in the work area tagged and tested?


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