This checklist may be used for all potentially hazardous equipment other than simple and straightforward items.
Location (Dept; building; room):
Are there written instructions covering:
Any unusual hazards or complicated features?
Where appropriate, emergency shutdown?
"Has instruction, in readily comprehensible form (written or verbal) on all hazards, been passed onto all those who use the equipment?"
"Have any written instructions provided by the manufacturer been passed on to users?"
"Have all users of the equipment been given adequate training in correct use, risks and precautions? "
Is a training record kept which verifies this?
"Is the equipment being used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions?"
If it has been adapted, is the adaptation suitable and safe?
"Is the equipment used in an appropriate environment? (consider e.g. ventilation, damp, flammable conditions)"
If the equipment may be moved, is the weight known?
Are the start and stop controls clearly marked?
Are other operating controls, and the contents of any containers, clearly marked?
"Are there clear warning notices or markings (e.g. to wear personal protection, restriction on use, list of authorised users) where appropriate?"
Electrical safety inspection intervals
Any safety devices inspection intervals
Are there records to indicate the above has been complied with?
"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?"
"Have clear maintenance instructions been given to those responsible for maintaining the equipment? "
Is protection adequate in relation to:
Items falling from the equipment?
Items being ejected?
Overheating or fire?
"Is the equipment made stable where appropriate by bolting, clamping or tying?"
Is there sufficient general and, where necessary, local lighting?
Is there protection against contact with hot or very cold temperature, so far as appropriate?
"If the possibility of such contact is unavoidable has appropriate instruction and training been given? "
"In the case of pressurised equipment, is there a written scheme of examination?"
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?
Dangerous Parts of Machinery
Are all dangerous parts of the machinery guarded?
"Are all guards of good construction, adequate strength and well maintained?
Is it difficult to bypass or disable guards?
"Can the machinery only be started when a specific labelled start device is used? (N.B. the normal cycle of automated machinery is exempt from this requirement)"
Is it impossible to start the machine just by resetting a safety device?
"Is there a readily accessible stop device which stops the machinery in a safe way?"
"Where appropriate is there a prominent easily accessible emergency stop device?"
Can controls be operated safely and easily?
"Is there any system of work which ensures that nobody is in a dangerous position when machinery is about to be started?"
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?
If the power is isolated does the machinery come to rest safely without the possibility of access to dangerous parts?
" Can the equipment be securely isolated from power, to prevent inadvertent reconnection:"
By removing a plug from a socket which is easily visible to the person at risk?
By locking it off?
Recommendations / Actions
Date for completion:
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)