Lab Audit

  • College

  • Department

  • Enter Name of person Responsible for Lab Space

Required Information / Postings

  • 704 posting up to date

  • Picture(s) of Door Posting

  • Safety Data Sheets readily accessible

  • Written Chemical Hygiene Plan available in lab

  • CHP has Lab Specific section completed

General Safety

  • No food or drink present in work areas

  • Refrigeration units for food labeled Food Only

  • Shelving adequate for loads imposed

  • Large/heavy containers stored on lower shelves

  • Only lightweight or small, inert materials stored above 5 feet

Chemical Storage

  • No Elemental Mercury, devices, or equipment is present

  • Refrigeration units for chemical storage labeled No Food

  • Chemical storage cabinets properly labeled

  • Containers clearly labeled with chemical name(s)

  • Containers kept closed except during transfers

  • Containers compatible with the chemical

  • Chemicals segregated to avoid incompatibilities

  • Corrosives not stored above eye level

  • Storage quantities minimized

  • Secondary containers used during transport of more than one pint of chemicals

  • Materials with shelf lives dated and disposed of per supplier's recommendations

  • No high hazard or highly reactive chemicals present

  • Peroxide forming chemicals dated when received, tested after 6 months, and considered waste by 1 year

  • If reactive metals are present, is a Class D extinguisher available (Only if needed, otherwise N/A)

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Eye and face protection available where needed

  • Goggles and face shields available for corrosives

  • Are proper gloves available

  • Occupants wearing Fully Closed Footwear

  • Occupants are wearing appropriate Lab Coats

  • Does PPE appear to be utilized

  • User enrolled in respiratory protection program (if needed)

Emergency Equipment

  • Safety shower available

  • Safety shower unobstructed

  • Safety shower tested and passed within 1 year

  • Eyewash available

  • Eyewash unobstructed

  • Eyewash tested and passed within 1 year

  • Eyewash bump tested weekly

  • Spill control materials available

  • Spill control materials adequate to cover anticipated spills

  • First aid kit available


  • Each chemical fume hood has been flow tested

  • Fume hood vents (baffles) unobstructed

  • Fume hoods used with sash in appropriate position

  • Chemical storage strictly limited in actively used hoods

  • Laminar Flow (Bio) Cabinets posted

Flammable Liquids

  • Used in fume hood or well-ventilated area

  • Stored in flammable liquid storage cabinet

  • Refrigeration units approved for flammables storage

  • Flammables separated from strong oxidizers

  • Flammable liquids not stored near hot plates or other ignition sources

  • Class ABC or BC fire extinguisher available

Waste Chemicals

  • Containers kept sealed tight except during transfer

  • Containers labeled with the words Hazardous Waste or as approprate

  • Constituents of the waste listed on the container label

  • Containers that are full are dated and have been submitted for pickup

  • Accumulation limited to <1 quart of Acutely hazardous waste

  • Separate disposal containers available for broken glass

  • Containers compatible with waste

  • Room is locked or occupant is present

  • Phone or other communication device accessible

  • Is a sharps container available (only if needed, otherwise N/A)

Liquified or Compressed Gases

  • Is there a shutoff near door for labs with natural gas

  • Is a fire blanket available nearby for labs with natural gas

  • Used in well ventilated area

  • Toxic, flammable, corrosive gases used in fume hood

  • Ventilated gas cabinets used to store highly toxic gases

  • Storage quantities minimized

  • Secured from tipping in use

  • Regulators compatible with gas cylinder

  • Cylinder carts used for transport

  • Protective valve caps in place

  • Empty or unused gas cylinders promptly returned to supplier


  • Personal protective equipment used to avoid skin contact

  • Used/dispensed with good ventilation

  • Containers vented or pressure relief devices provided

  • Low temperature embrittlement considered

  • Glass dewars shielded


  • All Lab Workers have completed Laboratory Safety Training

  • All Lab Workers have completed Hazard Communication Training

  • All Lab Workers have completed Hazardous Waste Training

  • Training (EHS and departmental is documented)

Fire Marshall

  • Aisles and passageways clear

  • All storage at least 18 inches below sprinkler head

  • Exit illuminated signs working

  • Exit paths free from obstruction

  • Fire doors / access not blocked or wedged open

  • Fire extinguishers mounted near doorway

  • Fire extinguishers unobstructed

  • Fire extinguisher inspected within 1 month

Electrical Hazards

  • No extension cords used

  • Flexible cords in good condition

  • Cover plate in place for outlets and switches

  • Circuit breaker panels unobstructed

  • Any building electrical equipment (transformers, inverters) unobstructed

  • Machine/instrument access panels in place

  • No exposed electrical conductors

  • Multi-plug adapters have overload protection

  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) used for wet/exterior use

Awareness: Do laboratory workers know

  • 1. what to do in the event of an emergency, such as fire, injury, including evacuation routes

  • 2. how to clean up chemical spills

  • 3. the location /contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • 4. the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the department

  • 5. what an SDS is and where to find them and other safety information

  • 6. what type of personal protective equipment to use and when to use it

  • 7. what to do with chemical waste

  • 8. what are the most hazardous materials you use and what precautions to take

  • 9. if any of the materials used in the lab are carcinogens, highly toxic agents or reproductive toxins.

  • 10. if any DHS Chemicals of Interest are present, have they been reported to EHS. *Particular attention to Chemical Warfare Convention Chemicals and toxic gases*

  • 11. where and how to use emergency equipment, such as safety showers and eyewash stations

  • 12. to question unfamiliar visitors in the lab

  • 14. if anyone in the laboratory is conducting unauthorized research activities

  • 15. to report unusual or suspicious conditions and security incidents to Public Safety

Other Comments

  • What elements of research are being conducted?

  • Please sign upon Audit completion

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