Are there any changes in floor level or type of flooring that need to be highlighted?
Are gangways between desks kept clear?
Are trailing electrical leads/cables prevented wherever possible?
Is lighting bright enough to allow safe access and exit?
Are procedures in place to deal with spillages, eg water, blood from cuts?
Are access steps or ramps properly maintained?
Are access stairs or ramps provided with handrails?
Work at height (falls)
Do you have an ‘elephant-foot’ stepstool or stepladder available for use where necessary?
Is a window-opener provided for opening high-level windows?
Furniture and fixtures
Are permanent fixtures in good condition and securely fastened, eg cupboards, display boards, shelving?
Is furniture in good repair and suitable for the size of the user, whether adult or child?
Is portable equipment stable, eg a TV set on a suitable trolley?
Where window restrictors are fitted to upper-floor windows, are they in good working order?
Are hot surfaces of radiators etc protected where necessary to prevent the risk of burns to vulnerable young people?
Have trolleys been provided for moving heavy objects (e.g. computers)?
Computers and similar equipment
If you use computers as part of your job, has a workstation assessment been completed?
Have pupils been advised about good practice when using computers?
Electrical equipment and services
Are fixed electrical switches and plug sockets in good repair?
Are all plugs and cables in good repair?
Has portable electrical equipment, eg laminators, been visually checked and, where necessary, tested at suitable intervals to ensure that it’s safe to use? (There may be a
sticker to show it has been tested.)
Has any damaged electrical equipment been taken out of service or replaced?
If the school contains asbestos, have details of the location and its condition in the classroom been provided and explained to you?
Have you been provided with guidance on securing pieces of work to walls/ceilings that may contain asbestos?
If there are fire exit doors in the classroom, are they:
■ kept unlocked; and
■ easy to open from the inside?
Is fire-fighting equipment in place in the classroom?
Are fire evacuation procedures clearly displayed?
Are you aware of the evacuation drill, including arrangements for any vulnerable adults or children?
Workplace (ventilation and heating)
Does the room have natural ventilation?
Can a reasonable room temperature be maintained during use of the classroom?
Are measures in place? (e.g. blinds to protect from glare and heat from the sun?)
Comments and Recommendations
Full Name and Signature of Inspector
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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