1. Laboratory Classification/Requirement to complete an additional checklist..

Does the laboratory have an OGTR, AQIS QC, PC2 classification?
If so an additional inspection checklist must be completed to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
other checklists available for specific laboratories:
OGTR PC2 Laboratory Checklist
OGTR PC2 Constant temperature room checklist
OGTR PC2 Plant Facility Checklist
OGTR PC2 Animal Facility checklist
OGTR PC2 Aquatic Organism checklist

1.1 Background information

Are there any outstanding H&S issues and/or corrective actions arising from previous audits of this laboratory that have not been addressed?
If so make a note at the appropriate audit question that this is an ongoing issue and if appropriate attach additional information to the report.

2.1 Emergency Procedures.

Evacuation procedures are clearly displayed

Emergency contact numbers are clearly displayed and current

Emergency floor plans are clearly displayed

Emergency exits are clear and visible

Emergency lighting is provided in areas where there is no natural lighting, escape routes including stairwells and public areas

2.2 Egress and evacuation

Exit doors are marked and clearly visible

Exit doors can be opened from the inside (no padlocks)

Exit doors and corridors are clear of obstructions, including stored material and equipment
Note: Nothing should be stored under or in emergency exit stairwells, or in facilities plant rooms.

Exit walkways are clear of obstructions

Exit lights are provided including directional indicators where required

2.3 First aid

A first aid kit is available

List of first aid personnel and contact numbers are displayed

List of first aid people are current

Cabinets and contents are clean, orderly and properly stocked

Notices indicating location of each kit are on display.

2.4 Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are located in easy to see locations

Fire extinguishers are marked for the types of fires to be fought

Fire extinguishers have been inspected /tagged within the last six months

All fire extinguishers and safety blankets are within the certification or use by date

Fire hoses are conveniently located in major corridors

That sprinkler system is operational. The sprinkler heads are free from damage.

2.5 Floors and aisles

The floor surface is even ( no cracks or holes)

Openings in the floor are protected

The area is free of the trip hazards

Corridor area is of sufficient width ( at least 1 M)

Aisles and floors are clear of rubbish materials and equipment

There are no electrical cords lying across walkways

2.6 Stairs and landings

Hand rails are in good repair

Non-skid strips on stairs are in good condition

Landings are clear of obstructions

Emergency exit stairs are adequately lit

There is no storage of materials or equipment in emergency exit stairs

2.7 Environment

Lighting levels are sufficient and not excessive for general tasks movement and specific tasks
Glare from both external and internal light is controlled
Light fittings including diffusers, reflectors tubes /bulbs are clean and in good condition
Light switches are zoned correctly for safety and energy efficiency

Exposure to excessive noise is prevented
Photocopiers are located away from personal workstations

Ventilation/ thermal comfort
General ventilation provisions are sufficient
Temperature and humidity control is sufficient

2.8 Handling and storage of material

Mechanical aids or equipment are available for handling materials

Material are stored on shelves or in storage rooms as appropriate

Storage of heavy items above shoulder height is avoided

Stored material is secured to prevent shifting or falling

Storage units are free of rubbish

Storage units are properly constructed and secured to prevent falling

3.1 Laboratory facilities (general)

Access to laboratory is restricted to appropriate personnel

Appropriate PPE is available and in use (minimum PPE includes safety glasses, laboratory coat or gown and closed toe shoes)

Safe work procedures are displayed next to equipment

Warning signs for radiation, biological or other hazards are prominently posted, signage is in good condition and clearly visible.2.7

Food and drink are not stored or consumed in laboratories

Adequate washing facilities are provided

Adequate storage is provided for personal protective equipment and clothing

3.3 Waste Management

All waste is disposed of appropriately

Hazardous waste is contained within a bundled area that do not drain to storm water or sewer

Hazardous waste is clearly labelled with waste description, biohazard symbols if required and date produced. The waste label Includes the waste generator contact details (name, department/school/unit and contact number) and if the waste has had any on-site treatment or testing

Wastes are segregated according to hazard, treatment requirements and to optimize recycling opportunities

Wastes are stored in "fit for purpose" containers that are able to withstand storage conditions and transport

Wastes are stored at appropriate temperatures

There are sufficient and appropriate waste disposal containers

Wastes are disposed of regularly and volumes are kept to a minimum

3.2 Housekeeping

Benches only occupied by chemicals/equipment "in use"

Storage of items on floors is kept to a minimum

Storage of heavy items above shoulder heights is avoided

Aisles / exits are clear

Spill kits, supplies and decontamination material are available for the hazards present

Spill procedures are clearly displayed

3.4 Electrical equipment

Laboratory equipment, including cords and leads, are in a good working order

There are sufficient general general purpose outlets (GPOs) for the equipment

Double adapters and piggy-back plugs are not in use

Extension leads are only used for temporary, short-term power connections

Power boards with overload protection are used if sufficient GPOs are not available

Fittings are protected against external damage

Equipment and appliances are earthed or double insulated. Look for the double insulated symbol on the specification plate

Equipment that may be left on unattended has a manually resetting oven-temperature cut-off switch fitted

Electrical equipment is tested at appropriate intervals

3.5 Special equipment
3.5.1 Refrigerators / freezers / cool rooms

Refrigerators, freezers, cool rooms are appropriately labelled (eg intrinsically safe)

Freezers and cool rooms have well maintained emergency door releases

Flammable liquids are only stored in fridge/freezers that are intrinsically safe

Seals on doors are in good condition

3.5.2 Fume cupboards

Fume cupboards are appropriate for the type of hazard (ie radiation, biological, etc)

The fume cupboard is used with the sash at or below the recommended height

The leading edge of the fume cupboard is clear of equipment and other items

The area behind the main work area is clear

The fume cupboard is free of clutter and large equipment

The doors and windows within 1m of the cupboard are closed whe the cupboard is used

Emergency switches are clearly identified for power and gas supply

The fume cupboard has been inspected and certified within the last 12 months

3.5.3 Biosafety cabinets

The Biosafety cabinet is clean and free of clutter ( ie routine cleaning performed recently)

The Biosafety cabinet has been inspected and certified within the past 12 months

3.6 Chemicals (general)
3.6.1 Chemical management

A register of chemicals is available

Safety data sheets are available

Documented risk assessments are available for chemical use

Carriers are available for large containers (>2L)

Unattended reactions are clearly labelled

3.6.2 Labelling of chemicals

Chemicals in use or storage labelled clearly and unambiguously

All reused containers have label removed or completely covered

Decanted chemicals are labelled

3.6.3 Chemical storage Storage on open shelves

All containers are <5kg or 5L

On shelves >1.5m high all glass containers are <1kg or 1L

The shelving is resistant to the chemicals that are stored Storage in fire-proof cabinets

All containers in cabinets are <25 L in size

The self-closing mechanisms of the door are operating correctly

Incompatible chemicals stored in the same cabinet have separate spill containers Storage in ventilated cupboards

All containers in cupboard are <2 kg or 25L in size

Incompatible chemicals stored in the same cabinet have separate spill containment

Ventilation is sufficient to prevent build up of offensive odors

3.7 Chemicals (specific)
3.7.1 Compressed & fuel gases

All the cylinders inside the room are connected for use (ie no laboratory storage)

Gas cylinders are each securely chained with individual chains secured around the body of the cylinder and the chain ends attached to 2 separate securing points

Cylinders, pipes & valves are protected from mechanical damage

Strength of hoses and clamps attached to gas cylinder regulators are sufficient for maximum regulator delivery pressure

Flashback arresters are used for fuel gas supply lines

Non-return (check) valves are fitted to all processes that exceed cylinder pressure

There is a cylinder trolley available for carrying cylinders

Are there records for gas cylinder transportation available

3.7.1 Cryogenic lquids

Cryogenic liquids are located In well ventilated areas

Containers used for cryogenic liquids are designed for that purpose

3.8 Biological hazards

Documented risk assessments for use of biological hazards are available

Laboratory doors are closed when work is in progress

Hand washing facilities are available

Biological material are clearly labelled, dated and appropriately stored

Appropriate disinfectants are available

Appropriate waste handling procedures are in place (autoclaving, disinfecting etc)

Biohazardous wastes and sharps bins are provided, where necessary

Separate facilities are provided for animal storage, cleaning, examination etc.

No items are stored on the floor

3.9 Ionising radiation hazards
3.9.1 unsealed sources

Documentmented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of ionizing radiation are available

Work surfaces are impervious (wooden benches and tiled surfaces are unsuitable)

Hand washing facilities are available

Appropriate shielding material is available

Secondary containment is available and utilized (ie spill trays)

All sources of ionizing radiation are labelled and stored in secure locations

All storage locations of ionizing radiation are labelled

Appropriate monitoring equipment is available

Decontamination/emergency procedures are clearly displayed

3.9.2 sealed sources

Documentmented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of ionizing radiation are available

Appropriate shielding material is available

Hand washing facilities are available

All sources of ionizing radiation are labelled and stored in secure locations

All sources of ionizing radiation are labelled and stored in secure locations

All storage locations of ionizing radiation are labelled

Appropriate monitoring equipment is available

Sealed radiation sources are maintained in good condition

3.9.2 x-ray apparatus or sealed apparatus

Documentmented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of ionizing radiation are available

Appropriate shielding material is available

Appropriate monitoring equipment is available

Appropriate fail-safe devices to prevent accidental exposure are in place

Appropriate Labelling (including registration labels) are in place

3.10 Ultraviolet radiation

Appropriate shielding &/or interlocks are in place (eg interlocks on germicidal lamps; and protective shields on transilluminators)

Appropriate PPE is available (ie additional skin and eye protection may be required

3.11 Lasers

Access to Class 3 and Class 4 lasers is controlled

Beam stops are installed and access to the beam is restricted

Aopropriate fail-safe devices to prevent accidental exposure are in place

Documented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of lasers are available

Warning signs are clearly displayed

Wavelength-specific eye protection is available for laser operators

3.12 Environmental issues

Chemical containers are cleaned prior to Recycling or disposal
- triple rinsed with labels and lids removed before placement in the bottle and can recycling bins
- containers with oily or persistent residues are washed with detergent and labels removed before placing in the bottle and can recycling bins

Contaminated glassware that is not cleaned as above is treated as prescribed industrial waste

There is no evidence of incorrect disposal down sinks, staining, odorous sinks etc

There are no odours, dust or smoke in area

All service areas, where chemicals are used and silenced or where wastes are stored are suitably bunded/protected from leakage into storm water or sewer drains

All electrical equipment, including computers. Are switched off when appropriate

Lights out stickers are placed at all on light switches