Radiation Safety

  • Radioactive Materials

  • X-rays

  • Lasers


  • Level 2 or higher

  • Bloodborne Pathogens


  • Toxins

  • Particularly Hazardous Substances

  • Peroxide Formers

  • Carcinogens

  • Mutagens

  • Teratogens

  • Pyrophorics

  • Water Reactives

  • Mercury

  • Nanomaterials

  • DEA Controlled Substances

  • Explosives

  • Compressed Gases

  • Corrosives

  • Flammables

  • Hydrofluoric Acid


  • Glove Boxes

Documentation and Training

  • All appropriate safety manuals and documents available?

  • Chemical hygiene plan (CHP) read and understood (acknowledgement page signed)?

  • Required training completed?

  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs) written for hazardous or non-standard procedures?

  • Medical surveillance provided when necessary?

  • Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) available?

  • SDS location known to employees?

Emergency Information and Fire Safety

  • Lab sign posted and up to date?

  • Hazards properly characterized on the sign?

  • Items not stored too close to the ceiling?

  • Fire extinguisher present and not obstructed?

  • Fire extinguisher inspection up to date?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Proper PPE worn based on hazards?

  • Proper eye protection available?

  • Proper lab coats available?

  • Minimal PPE (safety glasses & lab coat) worn by all lab workers?

  • Gloves compatible with hazard are available?

  • Other PPE available (as needed)?

  • PPE not worn outside of lab?

  • Respirators not in use unless authorized?

General Safety

  • Exits not blocked?

  • Lab doors closed?

  • Lab access controlled?

  • Windows in lab doors not obstructed?

  • Proper type of safety shower/eyewash present?

  • Eyewash and safety shower not obstructed (16" radius)?

  • Eyewash and safety shower testing up to date?

  • Spill cleanup materials present?

  • Gas cylinders properly secured?

  • Gas cylinders properly stored?

  • Lab equipment properly labeled?

  • Sink available for hand washing?

  • Soap available for hand washing?

  • No slipping or tripping hazards?

  • Mechanical devices available for pipetting?


  • No food or drink in the lab?

  • No chemical storage on the floor (unless secondarily contained)?

  • Broken glass container available and containing only approved items?

  • Sharps container available and containing only approved items?

  • Minimal glassware in sink?

  • Overall housekeeping good?

Chemical Safety, Storage and Compatibility

  • Chemical storage in good condition?

  • Chemical storage cabinets properly labeled?

  • Flammable chemicals not stored in conventional refrigerators, freezers, cold rooms?

  • Less than 10 gallons of flammables outside flammable storage cabinets?

  • Less than 10 additional gallons of flammables outside storage cabinets in approved safety cans?

  • Less than 60 gallons of flammables stored in the lab total?

  • Containers properly labeled?

  • Chemicals segregated and stored based on compatibility?

  • Chemical containers in good condition?

  • Peroxide forming chemicals properly labeled, segregated and stored?

  • Water reactive chemicals properly labeled, segregated and stored?

  • Pyrophoric chemicals properly labeled, segregated and stored?

  • Explosive chemicals properly labeled, segregated and stored?

  • Chemicals dated with date received?

  • Chemical containers properly capped/closed?

  • Chemicals that polymerize or decompose to form hazardous by products labeled with date opened and target disposal date?

  • If hydrofluoric acid is present, proper safety precautions followed?

Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs)

  • Vented cabinets vented properly?

  • Fume hood certification current?

  • Chemical hood that has failed testing/certification not in use?

  • Sash at or below indicated height?

  • Minimal clutter in hood and baffles not obstructed?

  • In use hood not used for storage?

  • Alarm or monitor installed and operational?

  • Sash in good condition?

  • No other critical fume hood issues?

  • BSC certified in the last year?

  • BSC that has failed testing/certification not in use?

  • Front grill of BSC not obstructed?

  • Disinfectant trap in use for vacuum lines?

  • BSC not too cluttered?

Chemical and Biological Waste

  • Waste containers properly labeled?

  • Waste containers closed?

  • Waste containers in secondary containment?

  • Waste containers properly segregated?

  • Satellite Accumulation Area sign present?

Additional Comments

  • Any additional comments?

Inspection Closure

  • The inspection is considered still open until all of the following criteria are met:

    1) A score of 80% or higher is achieved
    2) The are no outstanding critical deficiencies
    3) The Principal Investigator is satisfied with the inspection score and does not wish a subsequent inspection

    If the closure criteria are not met at the conclusion of the initial check, a subsequent inspection will occur within 2 weeks to attempt to close the inspection. If the inspection cannot be closed after the subsequent check, the escalation process will be utilized.

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