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SCHOOL SELF INSPECTION CHECKLIST

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SCHOOL SELF INSPECTION CHECKLIST

    Version July 2008

    Australian Standards (AS4486.1 1997 section 8.3.1) mandates that this checklist is completed to establish the overall

    safety of equipment, and should be carried out at intervals of not greater than 12 months. In the interim, new equipment must be installed as per Australian Standard. While this checklist has mostly been developed in line with AS4685 Parts 1 6 2004 and AS4486.1 1997 section 8. 3.1, it does not cover every point of the Australian Standards, and the Inspecting Officer may need to investigate further for some clarity.

This checklist can be modified to suit the specific playground equipment at the school (i.e. irrelevant sections can be

    removed); however care must be taken to ensure all relevant information is retained.

    Workplace

    Inspection officer Date

     X Extreme Risk extremely urgent, action IMMEDIATELY

     H High Risk urgent, action AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

     M Medium Risk action within ONE WEEK. Risk Priority Rating:

     L Minor Risk not urgent, action within ONE MONTH

    Ok No Risk no action required

    Risk Question Item Notes / Action Rating (in some cases may be n/a)

    AMENITIES

    Toilets all facilities kept tidy, accessible & regularly 1 cleaned? Are there adequate hand washing facilities?

    2 Drinking water/troughs facilities accessible and clean? 3 Seating - in good ergonomic working order, and maintained? 4 Rubbish bins are they regularly emptied and cleaned? EMERGENCY and FIRST AID

    Emergency / Evacuation plans and instructions -

    developed for all contingencies and available to all staff, and 5 appropriately displayed. Adequate exit direction notices/signs

    clearly visible.

    First aid access to kits, suitably stocked, signage for all

    treatments, kept clean, tidy and contents checked regularly. 6 Gloves are included for first aid, blood injuries and biohazard

    procedures?

    First aid training do staff have current first aid certificate 7 (valid for 2 years)? Is there a current list of First Aiders

    displayed? Staff PD available? N/A if completed annual school inspection checklist Oral medication - First Aiders not to provide oral medication 8 (e.g. Panadol, ventolin). Is a delegate to provide nominated?

    PLAY EQUIPMENT

    Equipment Installation installed as per manufacturers 9 recommendations and /or as per Australian Standards.

    Handrails - hand rails required on all ramps, stairways, 10 ladders (except rung ladders) and bridges.

    11 Storage portable items locked away when is not in use? 12 Grip requirements between 16 mm and 45 mm diameter?

    Entrapment - no gaps between 125mm and 230 mm to

    13 prevent head/ neck entrapment; or entrapment of

    clothing/body when getting off equipment?

    For help in filling in this form contact your school safety delegate, or DET OHS Consultant, on 89014985.

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    Risk Question Item Notes / Action Rating (in some cases may be n/a)

    AMENITIES

    Soft-fall areas - minimum depth of 30cm with suitable stable

    14 edges, free from small plants/roots and checked daily for

    hazards?

    Protruding parts -are rust, bolt ends, nuts, sharps or loose 15 fittings eliminated, rounded, recessed or covered with

    protective caps, and no sharps, as per AS?

    Timber parts - fittings and joints secure, free from excess 16 warping and splinters?

    17 Protective paint, covering - in good condition? 18 Plastic & fibreglass - free of cracks, damage or wear?

    Equipment/components is all equipment/components 19 inspected monthly, and maintained?

    Tyres free from exposed wires, and have effective drain 20 holes

    Rope swinging 25 45mm diameter 21 fixed both ends 18 45mm diameter

    Crushing or shearing points eliminated between all parts 22 of the equipment?

    FALL HEIGHTS

    Maximum heights no greater than:

    23 Supervised early childhood - 1.5m.

    Other than supervised early childhood - 2.5m.

    Fall zone requirements compliant with Australian standard

    as per details below?

    Supervised early childhood

    Height Fall Zone

     1500mm 1900mm

     1000mm 1700mm 24 less than 500mm 1500mm

    Other than supervised early childhood

    Height Fall Zone

     2500mm 2500mm

     1500mm 2000mm

     less than 500mm 1500mm

    SWINGS

    Swing seats are of the impact absorbing type e.g. 25 rubberised?

    Seat widths (width between ropes/chains)

    26 Supervised early childhood max 300mm

     Other than supervised early childhood max 400mm

    27 Seat ground clearance is at least 350mm?

    Soft-fall - the swing extension plus:

    28 Supervised early childhood 1750mm

     Other than supervised early childhood 2250mm

    SLIDES

    Fall zone requirements - do they comply with the AS, as 29 detailed in item 24 above?

    Bottom run out -

    Soft-fall - the slide extension plus: 30 Supervised early childhood 1700mm

    Other than supervised early childhood 1750mm

    PIPES AND TUNNELS (play equipment only)

    31 Draining - adequately self-draining?

    Adult access - allows adults to gain access to assist 32 children?

    For help in filling in this form contact your school safety delegate, or DET OHS Consultant, on 89014985.

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    Risk Question Item Notes / Action Rating (in some cases may be n/a)

    AMENITIES

    Impact absorbing material around entrances of all pipes/ 33 tunnels?

    Multiple entrances - all enclosed spaces with an internal distance greater than 2m from an entry point shall have at least 34 two access openings, situated on different sides of the equipment. Minimum opening 500mm.

    SEE SAWS AND ROCKING EQUIPMENT

    Ground clearance min of 230mm 35 Fall zone min of 1500mm single 36 min of 2000mm between other rocking equipment.

    ROTATING EQUIPMENT

    Maximum fall height 1000mm? 37 Fall zone min 2000mm from outside edge of equipment. 38 WATER MANAGEMENT

    Pool / Spa barrier child proof and at least 1.2m high? 39 Pool / Spa latch / lock in working order and can not be left 40 open?

    Pool / Spa supervised at all times whilst in use? 41 Pool / Spa water emptied after use? 42 SHADE STRUCTURE

    Shade Structure free from rips, tears, holes etc? 43 Shade Structure turn buckle attached to pole, with „hook‟ 44 attached to shade cloth via a snap lock clip?

    SCHOOL GROUNDS

    Plants - have all plants been assessed to determine 45 hazardous plant species

    Trees/Shrubs grounds free of dead trees/branches. Branches lopped to a reasonable height to allow safe access 46 around base for students

    Fences and gates - in good condition, checked for hazards 47 and appropriately maintained.

    Landscaping stable and free from obvious hazards 48 Pathways slip free and adequately drained at all times? 49 Drains - adequately covered with grates? 50 Sports areas - are all surfaces in good condition, and 51 maintained?

    Sports areas can all portable equipment be adequately 52 secured?

    Garden maintenance - grass mowed and trees maintained 53 when children are not present?

    Weed/insect spraying undertaken during the school down 54 time?

    Collision hazards sprinklers, tap raisers etc clearly marked 55 and in good condition

    Unwanted materials are removed asap? 56 Transportable buildings - been provided with skirting to prevent accumulation of rubbish and prevent access 57 underneath? For help in filling in this form contact your school safety delegate, or DET OHS Consultant, on 89014985.

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    Determining the Level of Risk

    This document can be used to identify the level of risk and help to prioritise any control measures. Consider the

    consequences and likelihood for each to the identified hazards and use the table to obtain the risk level.

Further information regarding determining the level of risk can be found via the following link

    http://www.det.nt.gov.au/education/policiesandforms/docs/self_inspection/risk_management_process.pdf ConsequencesConsequences MinorModerateMajorSevereMinorModerateMajorSevereInsignificantInsignificant Very HighVery High LowLowMediumMediumHighHighExtremeExtremeExtremeExtremeProbabilityProbability HighHigh LowLowMediumMediumHighHighHighHighExtremeExtreme ProbabilityProbability EqualEqual LowLowMediumMediumMediumMediumHighHighHighHighProbabilityProbability LikelihoodLikelihood LowLow LowLowLowLowMediumMediumMediumMediumHighHighProbabilityProbability Very LowVery Low LowLowLowLowMediumMediumMediumMediumHighHigh ProbabilityProbability

    This checklist should be “signed off” and filed with the school registry Principal‟s name Signature Date

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    For help in filling in this form contact your school safety delegate, or DET OHS Consultant, on 89014985.

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