The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the identification of Hazards
and Risks in the workplace in line with WH&S procedures.
Hazard: A hazard is a source of potential harm or a situation with the potential to cause loss.
Risk: A chance that an event will occur which will result in personal injury or loss to the Council.
1. Use this checklist to inspect for hazards at the workplace at the intervals required by Procedure 45/22 Hazard and Risk Inspections.
2. For any ‘N’ ticked, conduct a risk assessment using the ‘Risk Assessment Calculator’ and write down the risk level on the checklist. (Any code VH or H risks must be immediately reported to the Manager and WHSO so a formal, documented risk assessment may be conducted).
3. Add up all the boxes ticked “NO” and the number of each different risk level and indicate in the table at the end of the checklist.
4. When completed, transfer all hazards that can’t be rectified immediately to the ‘Rectification Action Plan’ (RAP).
5. Forward the checklist and RAP to the Supervisor and then the Manager for further action (if required) and sign-off.
Note: When recommending control / corrective actions, always consider both short term and long-term control options.
6. The supervisor is to discuss the checklist and RAP with his/her staff at the regular toolbox talks.
7. Always conduct a risk assessment before any controls are implemented and a risk assessment after the controls are implemented to ensure the risk has been reduced.
NOTE: All questions should be answered by marking the appropriate column
(Y) = Yes (N) = No (NA) = Not Applicable