Lab Audit

  • College

  • Department

  • Enter Name of Person Responsible for Lab Space and where that name was acquired

Required Information / Postings

  • 704 posting up to date

  • Picture(s) of Door Posting

  • Safety Data Sheets binder / packet 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

  • Elemental Mercury, devices, or equipment is present (excluding lamps)

  • Select all devices found and photograph.

  • Refrigeration units for chemical storage labeled "No Food"

  • Chemical storage cabinets properly labeled

  • Containers clearly labeled with chemical name(s)

  • Containers marked with Date Received

  • Containers kept closed except during transfers

  • Containers compatible with the chemical

  • Chemicals segregated to avoid incompatibilities

  • Corrosives not stored above 5 feet

  • Storage quantities minimized

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

  • 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

  • Goggles available for chemical splash protection

  • Gloves available for chemical protection

  • Lab Coats available for chemical protection

  • Safety Glasses available for eye impact protection

  • Gloves available for cut or thermal protection

  • Does PPE appear to be utilized

  • Occupants wearing Fully Closed Footwear

  • 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

  • Are Biological Hoods specifically marked "For Bio Use Only" or "Not a Chemical Hood"

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

  • Only Containers that are full are Dated (except 90 day areas)

  • Accumulation limited to <1 quart of Acutely hazardous waste

  • 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)

  • Separate disposal containers available for broken glass (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

  • Are cylinders segregated / separated by hazard class

  • Storage quantities minimized

  • Secured from tipping while stored or in use

  • Regulators compatible with gas cylinder

  • 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

Other Comments

  • What elements of research are being conducted?

  • Please sign upon Audit completion

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