Workplace Hazard Assessment Checklist

The Workplace Hazard Assessment Form is used to audit and evaluate workplace hazards and develop appropriate control measures to reduce the risks associated with each hazard. Inspection topics include storage, electrical safety, room heaters/air conditioning, fire safety, first aid, and many other hazardous elements.​

Workplace Hazard Assessment Checklist



Fire Safety

1. Does the work area have a fire warden?


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2. Fire extinguishers been tested, tagged and current?


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3. Does area require fire blanket?


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4. Are fire, and sprinkler heads clear of obstructions?


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5. Clear instructions displayed for evacuation?


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6. Adequate direction signs for emergency exits?


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7. Access to all fire safety equipment unobstructed?


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8. Correct operation of fire doors?


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9. Fire doors and emergency exits clear of obstruction?


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First Aid

1. Are First aid signs clearly displayed?


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2. Are First aid kits and their contents clean orderly and adequately stocked and not expired?


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3. Do kits have contact details for the nearest First Aider and emergency personnel clearly displayed?


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Chemical Safety

1. Are all chemicals correctly labelled and stored?


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2. Are Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessments available for all chemicals?


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3. Are emergency numbers (poison etc) displayed?


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4. Has your WHS Officer been notified of discontinued chemicals?


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5. Has your WHS Officer been notified of new chemicals purchased?


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6. Is a copy of your area’s chemical inventory available in the laboratory/workshop?


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7. Is there adequate ventilation for fumes and dust?


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8. Provision of fume cupboards for testing & analysis?


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9. Provision of appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing?


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10. Provision of emergency eye wash, antidotes for poisons, showers etc. as appropriate?


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General Information

1. College/Division


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2. Building


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3. Room / Area


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Aisles/Corridors

1. Clear of materials and rubbish?


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2. Adequately lit?


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Stairs And Landings

1. Emergency Exit signage functioning?


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2. No worn or damaged treads or hand rails?


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3. Landings clear of obstructions?


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4. Is lighting adequate?


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Floors

1. Even surface - no holes, cracks or lifting tiles, carpet?


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2. Floors clean and clear of obstructions?


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3. Are there any slippery surfaces?


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Work Spaces/Machines

1. Adequate work space (floor space)?


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2. Area tidy and uncluttered?


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3. Computer work stations set up according to Ergonomic design


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4. Computer screens located to minimise tired eyes?(i.e. they don't look directly toward or away from window.)


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5. Photocopying equipment located in ventilated area?


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Furniture

1. Do ladders used for work at heights meet Aust Standards?


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2. Are trolleys provided to move boxes/equipment etc?


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3. Are filing cabinets stable (not over loaded)


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4. Are desks/benches stable and suitable for the work?


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5. Are copy holders needed at any work stations?


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6. Are computer keyboards at the right height?


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7. Are chairs stable and in good condition?


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8. Are work station chairs adjustable for height and tilt?


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9. Are footrests available at work stations if required?


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Lighting

1. Is lighting adequate for the work area?


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2. Are there any flickering or expired lights?


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Storage

1. Storage adequate and convenient and free of rubbish?


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2. Bookshelves not overloaded or leaning forward?


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3. Are heavy items stored at waist height?


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Electrical Safety

1. Electrical appliances & leads, tested & tagged and current?


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2. No unprotected leads over traffic or access ways?


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3. No broken plugs, sockets or switches?


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4. No frayed cords?


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5. No double adaptors in use?


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Room Heaters/Air Conditioners

1. Are heating/cooling units effective for the work area?


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2. Are heaters in good working condition?


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3. Are heaters situated clear of flammable items?


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4. Have bar heaters been replaced with safer heaters?


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Rubbish And Recycling

1. Bins emptied regularly?


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2. Recyclable materials stored safely?


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Hygiene

1. Are emergency numbers (poison etc) displayed?


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2. Common rooms clean and tidy?


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3. Are food preparation areas clean and hygienic?


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4. Are fridges and food storage areas kept clean & hygienic?


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5. Adequate drinking, washing facilities, soap and towels?


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6. Adequate and clean toilet facilities / supplies?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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