Emergency Contacts and Egress

  • Emergency contacts and phone numbers posted on each lab and storage area.

  • Exits are free of obstructions and stored materials.

  • Emergency exits are not locked with slide bolts, dead bolts, padlocks, etc.

Fire Extinguisher

  • Accessible

  • Locations clearly visible as marked.

  • Monthly and annual inspections current.

  • Mounted.

  • Charged and seals in tact.

  • Correct for hazards present.

Safety Shower and Eyewash

  • Eyewash and/or safety shower present.

  • Eyewash and/or shower needed due to substances and compounds that have the capability of producing adverse effects on the health and safety of humans.

  • Not blocked - must be accessible within 10 seconds. Path of travel free of obstructions.

  • Locations clearly marked.

  • Weekly inspections and flushing current and documented.

  • Protective caps in place on eyewash.


  • Counters and floors clean and clear of clutter.

  • A minimum of 28" egress is maintained.

  • Lab is free of trip hazards.

  • Equipment on benches is stable or secured.

  • Supplies stored in a stable and secure manner.

  • Sharps disposal container provided and clearly labeled.

  • No storage within 18 inches of sprinkler heads.

  • Hallways and exits are clear.

  • Moving parts on machinery are guarded.

  • No food storage in lab.

  • No chemical storage in food areas.

  • Refrigerators for food storage labeled "food only".

Compressed Gas

  • Cylinders secured in place.

  • Protective caps in place when not in immediate use.

  • Oxygen and flammable gasses stored separately (20 feet apart or fire wall in-between).

  • Manual shutoff valves provided at all points of supply and use.

  • Corrosive gasses stored no more than 6 months.

  • Pressure gauges and regulators are in place as appropriate an are not damaged.

Chemical Hygiene And Storage

  • Appropriate hazard warning signs posted on door and storage areas (e.g. Cancer Agent)

  • Chemical Hygiene Plan present in lab.

  • All containers labeled legibly with content and hazard warning.

  • Storage container in good condition: no rust, leakage, dents, or crystallization.

  • Glass storage containers are limited to 1 gallon size or smaller.

  • Peroxide forming chemicals labeled and dated upon receipt and opening.

  • Peroxide forming chemicals disposed of within 3-12 months after opening depending upon the compound.

  • Acid and bases are stored separately from solvents. Exception: Store acetic acid with solvents

  • Manufacturer expiration dates observed.

  • Water reactive chemicals stored away from water (liquid) and water (liquid) vapor.

  • Corrosive and flammable chemicals are stored below eye level.

  • Chemical containers are not stacked.

  • No more than 10 gallons or flammable liquid are stored outside a flammable liquid cabinet.

  • No more than 40 gallons of flammable liquid stored per lab.

  • All refrigerators and freezers labeled to indicate their suitability for flammable storage.

  • Carcinogenic and highly toxic chemicals stored in main compartment of refrigerator instead of door.

  • Carcinoens, reproductive toxins and highly toxic chemicals stored an used in a designated and labeled area. No open bench storage.

  • All chemicals must be stored in their chemical group. If multiple groups are on a shelf they must be separated by secondary containment.

  • Opened 5 gallon containers should be placed in secondary containment.

  • Explosion resistant refrigerators and freezers used for flammable liquids.


  • Hood sash is in working order - not stuck, broke or removed.

  • Equipment and materials are positioned and used at a minimum of 6" from the front of the hood.

  • Airfoils are not altered or removed.

  • Equipment or materials do not obstruct air flow.

  • Hood interior is clean, uncluttered and not used as permanent storage.

  • Annual hood certification present indicating face velocity is 100-120 fpm.

  • Arrows indicating the correct sash height posted.

  • Hood low flow alarms present and operational.

  • Perchloric Acid hoods labeled "For Perchloric Acid Operations Only".

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Safety glasses/ eye protection available.

  • Lab coats and aprons available.

  • Face shields available for operations with appreciable splash hazards (e.g. handling acids)

  • Appropriate shoes worn (e.g. no sandals, no high heels)

  • Appropriate gloves available.


  • Annual certification of boisafety cabinet present.

  • Appropriate hazard warning signs posted on door and storage areas (e.g. Biohazard - Legionella Pneumophila)

  • All containers labeled so as to content and hazard.

  • Sharps containers provided and clearly labeled.

  • Biological waste containers labeled.

  • Municipal trash containers free of biohazardous waste.

Chemical Waste Management

  • Hazardous Waste Plan present.

  • Waste containers labeled with contents and start date.

  • Waste stored less than 90 days.

  • Waste containers closed and in good condition.

  • Secondary containment of wastes stored outside hood.

  • Municipal trash containers free of chemical waste.

Office Space

  • Office free of tripping hazards (e.g., cables, loose tiles, damaged carpet)

  • Electrical cords and plugs in good condition

  • Workstation set-up provides a minimum of 28" egress.

  • Office supplies stacked in a stable and secure manner.

  • Hallways and exits are clear.

  • No storage within 18 inches of the sprinkler heads.

  • Fire extinguisher mounted, accessible an inspected monthly and annually.

  • Coffee pot not placed on or near combustible material.

Building Condition

  • Unsealed holes or pen pipe/conduit through floors, ceilings, walls present.

  • Duct work is sealed.

  • Loose floor tile present.

  • Loose ceiling tiles present.

  • Chipping/peeling paint present.

  • Conduit/pipe extruding out of the middle of the floor.

  • Suspect friable asbestos.

  • Exposed Mastic.

  • Bugs/ rodents present (excluding bugs/rodents used for experiments)

Special or Unique Hazards

  • List special or unique hazard:

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