A Take 5 is a pre-start checklist used to identify health and safety issues and hazards before starting work on a job.
It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
It helps workers and contractors, particularly those new to a site, reduce exposure to hazards and identify other issues that may affect safety during the work.
The Take 5 differs from the JSA, SWMS or standard risk assessment in that it is not a task by task assessment. It is a prestart checklist for the work as a whole and from an individual worker’s current situation. It looks at a range of situations that will differ each time the work is attempted, even though the tasks to complete the job may be the same each time.
For example, a job may be cleaning windows in a high rise building from a BMU. There will already be a SWMS associated with the job, probably a risk assessment and some procedures on operating the BMU.
However, when all the workers involved turn up to begin work there is a high wind blowing and the BMU is damaged.
These are situations not covered in the SWMS, procedure or risk assessment as they are variable and can be different each time work is about to commence.
This is where the Take 5 is useful.