A. Documentation and Training

  • Lab safety manual and rules accessible to all

  • Training Documented

  • Monthly inspections recorded and up to date

B. Fire Safety

  • Fire extinguisher present/charged/accessible/tag updated/signage visible

C. General Safety

  • Exits, aisles and corridors are not blocked (24" minimum width)

  • Clearance area around safety shower and eyewash marked at least 16" in each direction. Signage visible. Shower/eyewash checked monthly

  • Chemical spill kit available and complete

D. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Close toed shoes, long pants and eye protection worn by laboratory personnel

  • Lab coats and gloves available for use

  • Adequate supply of specialty PPE available (i.e. UV glasses, face shields, lab aprons, cryogenic gloves.)

  • PPE contaminated with hazardous materials disposed of as hazardous waste

E. Housekeeping

  • No consumption of food or drink in laboratory areas

  • Proper waste disposal of sharps

  • Minimal laboratory clutter

F. Chemical Storage and Inventory

DOT hazard classes present

  • Gases

  • Flammable solids, pyrophorics

  • Explosives

  • Flammable liquids

  • Oxidizes and peroxides

  • Toxic/infectious materials

  • Radioactive materials

  • Corrosive materials

  • Miscellaneous dangerous goods

  • Number of gas cylinders present:

  • Gas cylinders secured to a stable structure with chains at 1/3 and 2/3 height.
    Protection cap in place when not in use

G. Fume Hoods and Biosafety Cabinets

  • Air flow measurements certified within one year

  • Biosafety cabinets certified within one year

H. Chemical Waste Disposal and Transport

  • Containers available and labeled for disposal of hazardous waste

  • Waste manifests or tags attached to waste cans/containers

  • Chemical waste containers in good condition and kept closed (i.e. No funnels in place) with secondary containment

  • Chemical wastes collected at satellite accumulation areas are disposed when full or within 270 days whichever is sooner

  • Universal waste container present?

I. Seismic Safety

  • Shelving and file cabinets 5' or over anchored/bolted; items on shelves secured

J. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing uSafety

  • Moveable parts guarded on equipment as appropriate

  • Plugs, cords outlets in good condition, not overloaded, no long term use extension cords

  • Power strips secured off the floor and away from liquids

  • Air gap between water tap and open tank, container or vessel

  • Transparent 'p traps' kept clear of sediments and debris

  • Auditors

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