1.0 - Previous inspection

  • 1.1 - Has the last inspection been reviewed?

  • 1.2 - Are there no outstanding actions?

General Housekeeping

  • The general area is tidy (benches, floors, cupboards and shelves) and free of obstructions and mess such as slip/trip hazards (uneven floors, power leads etc.)

  • All aisles are unobstructed and of sufficient width ( 1m minimum)

  • Spaces between and under benches, cabinets and equipment are accessible for cleaning

  • Lighting is functional and adequate

  • Hand basin or alternative means of decontaminating hands is available within the laboratory (must be hands free in PC2 laboratories)

  • The laboratory safety manual is clearly available eg on line, hard copy at central location

  • Facilities for the storage of outer garments and personal items are available outside of the laboratory

  • There is a procedure for waste disposal and sufficient and appropriate segregated waste disposal containers

  • There are appropriate Sharps disposal containers available

  • Exposure to noise is prevented

  • General ventilation, temperature and humidity is sufficient

Signage Requirements

  • Entrance signage indicates:
    Laboratory Manager contact details
    Authorised access only
    No food or drink allowed
    Warning signs are posted for ie chemical, biological, radiation
    Any other information such as PPE required

  • First aid signage is visible and contains details of first aid officers for the area

  • Fire wardens with current contact details signage is visible

  • Emergency exits are clearly marked with exit doors being clearly visible, egress clear and closed but not locked from the inside

  • Emergency exit plans in prominent positions

  • Safe work procedures are available, ideally displayed next to equipment

Emergency Requirements

  • A first aid kit is available in the near vicinity in the adequate for the type of work undertaken

  • Fire equipment is appropriate, accessible and free of obstructions

  • Fire extinguishers have been inspected/ tagged within the last 6 months

  • Safety shower is functional and checked regularly

  • Emergency eyewash station is available and checked regularly

  • Where an experiment is to be left unattended overnight or at weekends, are signs attached to equipment indicating the relevant person to be contacted in the event if a failure/ problem

Furniture and Equipment Requirements

  • Electrical equipment is inspected, tested, tagged and in date

  • Equipment is in good order

  • Double adapters are not in use

  • Extension leads are inky used for temporary, short term connection

  • Power boards with RCD protection are used if not enough GPOs (power points)

  • Fume cupboards and bio safety cabinets have been tested and are in date

  • Fume cupboard/s free of clutter and bit used for storage of chemicals

  • Chairs/stools in area are if appropriate height

PPE/Manual Handling

  • PPE is available, in good condition and stored appropriately

  • Frequently used or heavy items are stored between knee and shoulder height

  • Ladders are accessible to access items stored on high shelves if required. Short ladders are allowed but must comply with AS/NZS 1892 (2000)

  • Manual handling aids are available if required, such as Winchester carriers, lifting trolleys etc

Chemical Aspects

  • A register of chemicals and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available on line and/or central hard copy

  • Documented Risk Assessments are available for chemical use

  • Appropriate labels are present on containers that are used for hazardous substances

  • All containers are labelled correctly according tot the current Code of Practice

  • All chemicals are stored according to compatibility

  • Chemicals not in use are placed in correct storage locations eg flammable, corrosive cabinets

  • Flammable sand corrosives are stored in approved cabinets. Toxic/S8 chemicals are stored in locked cabinet

  • Estimate and record the total volume of flammable liquids stored in this laboratory -assume that all bottles present are full

  • Refrigerators are suitably labelled, such as 'no food and drink to be stored' or 'biohazard'

  • Are flammable a stored in refrigerators? Has fridge been modified or of not has a risk assessment been completed?

  • Are there bunding or spill trays (such as kitty litter trays) for the storage of hazardous liquids

  • Spill kits are available and maintained. Kits include avid/base kit, bucket of sand or vermiculite and PPE such as gloves and respirators with in date cartridges

  • Segregated waste disposal containers are available and labelled correctly

Compressed /Liquified Gas Aspects

  • Compressed gas cylinder contents are appropriately identified and in good general order

  • All cylinders are at least 3m away from ignition sources and combustible material

  • Cylinders are secured appropriately by brackets/chain

  • Empty cylinders are separated from full ones and clearly labelled

  • Appropriate resources are available for transporting gas cylinders

  • The pressure regulator is appropriate for the gas being used

  • Gas lines are labelled and free of leaks, kinks or signs of wear and tear

  • All cylinders in the laboratory are connected to equipment ie no storage in the laboratory

  • All reticulated gas lines are clearly labelled

Gas Cylinder Storage Aspects

  • Cylinder storage areas are well ventilated ( in open air preferably )

  • Cylinder storage area are protected from heat sources and fire risks

  • Cylinders are stoop red upright and properly secured

  • Cylinders are segregated according to Dangerous Goods class

Cryogenic Aspects

  • Dewars <25L have handles and loose fitting lids

  • Dewars >25L have wheels and pressure release valves

  • Cryogenic storage areas are appropriately ventilated

  • Policies and procedures for transport and decanting of liquid nitrogen are available to all staff and students

  • All cryogenic storage records are current, adequate and accessible

Biosafety Aspects

  • There is appropriate Biosafety signage at the laboratory entrance and storage rooms

  • Safety documents including licences and permits are current and available eg AQIS and GMO

  • All cultures or bio hazardous materials are correctly labelled

  • A supply of disinfectant for decontamination purposes is available and clearly labelled

  • All keyboards have protective covers

  • Documented risk assessments for use of biological hazards are available

  • Appropriate waste segregation is provided

  • Appropriate waste handling procedures are in place such as autoclaving, disinfecting etc

PC2 laboratories

  • There is appropriate PC2 signage at the laboratory entrance and certification licence displayed along with Laboratory Manager/Technician contact details

  • Biohazard stickers are posted on storage units for microorganisms or recombinant or manipulated DNA products

  • Laboratory gowns are stored in a manner to prevent cross-contamination

  • Biological safety cabinet are provided and are in working order and current test

  • A supply of clearly labelled disinfectants for decontamination purposes are available

Radiation Areas

  • There is appropriate Radiation signage at the laboratory entrance. This includes approved Premise Certification and Licence details, Radiation Safety Officer contact details and Radiation hazard placards

  • All Radiation Licence details are correct

  • All Radiation Certificate of Compliance are current

Lasers- Non ionising Radiation

  • Documented risk assessments and safe work procedures are in place and current

  • All warning symbols are fixed, legible and clearly visible,e on equipment

  • Correct warning labels are attached to the equipment according to the class of laser used

  • Guarding on lasers is effective and in good condition ie beam stops and other fail safe devices

  • All laser Certificate of Compliance current

X-ray and Ionising Radiation Aspects

  • Access to area/room is limited on,y to authorised persons

  • Suitable radiation/contamination monitoring equipment is available and in working condition

  • Decontamination /emergency procedures clearly displayed

  • Documented risk assessments and safe work procedures available and current

  • Work surfaces are impervious and not wooden benches or tiled surfaces

  • Appropriate shielding is available and in good condition

  • All sources are labelled and stored in secure labelled locations

Ultraviolet Radiation Aspects

  • Appropriate warning labelling in place

  • Appropriate shielding and/or interlocks in place

  • Risk assessment and safe work procedures clearly displayed and current

Machinery Safety Aspects

  • All hazardous parts of machines guarded

  • The guards are adequate to prevent injury

  • The guards are adequate to prevent flying debris causing injury

  • There is easy access to emergency stop buttons

  • All instrument logs are up to date

  • Standard operating procedures for machinery and other equipment is current and easily available for users

For HSR or Officer in Charge to complete

  • All projects are covered by risk assessments

  • All tasks covered by up to date task risk assessments

  • All task risk assessment documentation available and easily locatable

  • Are induction records available for this laboratory/suite and if so, where are they filed

  • What licences or permits cover this workplace/area? List and detail specific items ( type in text box after choosing no response)

  • List all routine monitoring and inspections carried out for this laboratory/suite. Provide file references and frequency (enter details after choosing no response)

Sign Off

  • On site representative

  • Auditor's signature

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