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CDM Audit Checklist

Use this template as a guide to performing a CDM assessment. Make sure you have all your preplanning documents filled out and on hand before work on the construction site begins. During construction, address hazards and prevent injury with this detailed checklist. Disclaimer: This template is based on the construction design and management regulations of 2015, but is not an official document.

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CDM Audit Checklist

Name of Inspector
Date & Time

Pre Construction Requirements

Construction phase plans
Location & Address
Please describe the construction site and the types of materials and load-bearing equipment and structures present onsite

General Requirements

Site Safety

The construction site is free from hazards that pose a risk to worker’s health and safety
There are available entry and exist points that are free from obstruction and readily accessible
There’s sufficient space for employees to work safely, taking into account the space taken up by machinery or tools that are required to perform the tasks

Site Security

The construction site is organized, clean, and tidy
The site’s perimeter is clearly marked with the correct postage or is fenced off
Construction materials do not include timber with projecting nails

Structure Stability

All necessary precautions are taken to ensure stability of all onsite structures
All buttresses and temporary structures are installed to withstand maxim load capacities of heaviest onsite materials or equipment
All buttresses and temporary structures are only used for their intended purpose
All structures do not exceed maximum load-bearing weight to maintain worker and pedestrian safety

Demolition & Dismantling

The demolition of a structure is carefully planned and recorded ahead of time
The dismantling of a temporary structure is carefully planned and recorded ahead of time
All steps are taken to ensure worker safety during dismantling or demolition
If danger from dismantling or demolition can not be avoided, it is reduced as much as possible

Explosives

The transportation, storage, and use of explosives are done as safely as possible
All other dismantling or demolition options have been exhausted
The use of explosives onsite have been sufficiently mapped, planned, and documented before demolition
No person is exposed to the risk of injury by flying debris

Excavations

All precautionary steps have been taken to prevent the collapse of the excavation
All precautionary steps have been taken to prevent construction materials, roofs, walls, etc. from falling into the excavation
All precautionary steps have been taken to prevent the entrapment of a person during excavation by falling debris or construction materials
All precautionary steps have been taken to prevent a person, equipment, or construction material from falling into the excavation
No field adjacent to the excavation site is overloaded with equipment or materials
Excavation work stops if any work equipment or materials pose a threat to the health and safety of the workers until it is deemed safe again by an authorized inspector
Excavation work stops if any event affects the stability of the excavation until it is deemed safe again by an authorized inspector
Excavation work stops if any material, equipment, or person falls into the excavation until it is deemed safe again by an authorized inspector

Cofferdams & Caissons

Cofferdams & caissons are soundly constructed and properly maintained
Cofferdams & caissons have an accessible entry and exit point in case of unexpected entry of water or materials
Cofferdams & caissons are inspected before every use with an authorized person’s sign off
Cofferdams & caissons are inspected after an inciting incident is suspected to have affected the integrity of the structure

Reports & Inspections

Inspector and employees inform each other of objects or activities that are a danger or have the potential to be dangerous
These dangers are documented in a report
The location of the danger is documented
A description of the danger is documented
The date and time of the inspection is documented
Details of correction action to mitigate danger is documented
A list of further actions, if any, is documented
The report is completed within twenty-four hours after the notification of the danger
Site mangers has ensured that the inspector has carried out the inspection to the correct specifications
A copy of the report is on hand for review up until three months after construction has been completed

Energy Distribution Installations

All precautionary steps have been taken to ensure safety of energy distribution installations
Employees do not come in contact with any area that has exposed overhead electric cables
Energy sources are isolated
Energy distribution installation areas are clearly marked with signage and a clear perimeter
Vehicles are redirected to an alternate route so they do not pass beneath exposed overhead electric cables

Drowning Prevention

All precautionary steps have been taken to minimize the risk of drowning when working near or in water or other liquids
All precautionary steps have been taken to minimize the risk of falling into a body of water
Rescue equipment, first aid kits, and emergency procedures are readily accessible and planned in the event of a fall
Water transportation is readily available for rescue in the event of an emergency
Water transportation vehicle is not overloaded or exceed maximum weight capacity when in use

Traffic Routes

Construction site roadways and paths have been planned out to minimize risk of traffic accidents
There are a sufficient number of roadways that are wide enough for the vehicles using them
Pedestrian walkways are clearly separate from traffic
Signage is posted warning pedestrians of areas where there is a higher risk of incurring bodily harm from a vehicle
Loading bays have at least one exit for the sole use by pedestrians
Traffic routes are clearly labeled with appropriate signage indicating high risk areas
All vehicles have permits to drive on the construction site
The roadways have all been cleared of obstruction

Vehicles

All precautionary steps have been taken to minimize the risk of unintended vehicle movement
Drivers and traffic officers give a verbal warning to pedestrians who might be at risk of getting struck by a moving vehicle
Vehicles are operated and towed as safely as possible
Vehicles carrying heavy or oversized loads are properly marked and does not exceed the vehicles maximum load capacity
Passengers are riding within the cab in the designated seating area
Passengers are not present when loading or unloading a vehicle with loose materials unless they can do so safely
Measures are in place to prevent vehicles from falling into an excavation pit or water or from veering off the road into unsafe conditions

Fires, Floods, & Asphyxiation

All precautionary steps have been taken to minimize the risk of fires, floods, or asphyxiation that might result in an injury or death

Emergency Procedures

Emergency procedures have been arranged to accommodate any eventual emergency that could befall the construction site
These arrangements take into account:
The type of construction work being performed onsite
The size of the construction site
The work equipment
The number of employees present onsite
The physical and chemical substances that are present onsite
Every employee has received adequate training and are knowledgeable about emergency procedures
The emergency procedures have been tested ahead of the incident

Emergency Routes & Exits

There is enough emergency routes and exits for every person, employee, and contractor to safely leave the construction site in the event of an emergency
All exit routes are as direct and short as possible and leads out safely out of range of the construction site
All emergency exit routes must be clearly lit and free from obstructions at all times, including traffic routes that are included in the plan
All emergency exit routes are clearly and legibly labeled

Fire Detection & Fire Fighting

There is a sufficient number of early fire detection systems and fire fighting equipment present on site
All early fire detection systems and fire fighting equipment are regularly inspected to ensure they are in proper working condition in the event of an actual fire
Fire fighting equipment is easy and readily accessible
All employees have received instruction on how to use emergency fire equipment
No one carries out work in area that exhibits a high risk of fire unless given the all clear by a safety officer
All fire fighting equipment is clearly and legibly labeled

Fresh Air

All areas of the construction site has access to fresh air
If a site does not have access to fresh air, then it is sufficiently oxygenated with the aid of ventilation devices
All ventilation devices used on site has a visual or audible warning system in case of malfunction
All warning systems are regularly inspected and tested to ensure they are in proper working condition in case of an emergency

Temperature & Weather Protection

All percatuionary steps have been taken to provide safe working conditions at a reasonable temperature in indoor construction sites
Workers are provided with protective clothing or equipment in the event of unsafe weather at outdoor construction sites

Lighting

Every part of the construction site is adequately lit by natural or artificial lighting
Any artificial lightning is not of a color that might affect the worker’s ability to read warning signage or signals
Secondary lighting is present in areas of the construction site where failure of primary lights would pose a danger to the workers

Completion

Additional Comments and/or Concerns
Attach Photo
Full Name & Signature of Inspector
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