Science Room Inspections - Special Equipment and Areas

Safety Showers

  • Should there be a safety shower available? Safety showers should be available in each science classroom where corrosive chemical solutions are being used or prepared.

  • Is there a safety shower?

  • Is the safety shower clearly visible with signage?

  • Is the shower easily accessible and not blocked by classroom furniture, decoration or materials?

  • Is the actuator easily located, no higher than 69 inches above the floor?

  • Is the shower inspected weekly?

  • Was the safety shower tested as part of this investigation?

  • Please add a shower.

  • Safety Shower
  • Did the shower turn on when activated?

  • Is the water tepid?

  • Where there no leaks or other mechanical issues?

Eyewash Stations

  • Should there be an eyewash station available? Eyewash stations should be available in each science classroom where corrosive chemical solutions are being used or prepared, the equipment must be able to treat both eyes simultaneously with instant, gentle, constant flow of water.

  • Is there an eyewash station?

  • Is the actuator activated by a single hand and single step operation?

  • Is the eyewash inspected weekly?

  • Is the eyewash clearly visible with signage?

  • Is the eyewash easily accessible and not blocked by classroom furniture, decoration or materials?

  • Was the eyewash tested as part of this investigation?

  • Please add an eyewash.

  • Eyewash
  • Did the eyewash turn on when activated?

  • Is the water tepid?

  • Is there sufficient pressure to deliver a parallel stream of water to both eyes simultaneously?

  • Is the water clear and free of sediments?

  • Are the eyewash protection caps in place and in good condition?

  • Were the eyewash caps automatically removed when the eyewash was activated?

  • Were there no leaks or other mechanical issues?

  • Were the spouts clean?

  • Was the bowl clean and free of debris?

Chemical Fume Hoods

  • Are there chemical fume hoods?

  • Is the hood inspected annually?

  • Is the air flow rate posted on the hood?

  • Is the working height of the sash posted (usually 18 inches)?

  • Equipment and materials do not obstruct air flow?

  • Is the hood interior clean, uncluttered, and not used as storage?

  • The hood is not used for chemical or waste storage?

  • Was the fume hood tested as part of this investigation?

  • Please add a fume hood.

  • Fume Hood
  • Is the average velocity greater than 90 fpm?

  • Is the average velocity less than 150 fpm?

  • Note hood velocity here:

  • Does the sash operate freely?

  • Is smoke pulled into the hood?

  • Do the lights work?


  • Are there chemicals being stored in the room?

  • Is the chemical inventory available?

  • Is the chemical inventory up-to-date?

  • Are chemicals kept in a locked storage room or in locked cabinets if chemicals are located in a classroom?

  • Are chemical storage rooms and/or cabinets are labeled?

  • Are flammable/combustible liquids stored in fire rated storage cabinets?

  • Are acids and bases stored in corrosion resistant cabinets?

  • Are chemicals stored by compatibility?

  • Are chemical containers properly labeled?

  • Are food products used in laboratories labeled “Not for Human Consumption”?

  • Are food containers not being used for chemical storage?

  • Are chemicals are stored below eye level?

  • Do chemical shelves have a lip edge to prevent roll-off?

  • Are chemicals not stored on the ground?

  • Is food being stored in a chemical refrigerator? Are chemicals being stored in a food refrigerator?

  • Is the refrigerator(s) labeled "Chemicals Only" of "Food Only"?

  • Are there no flammables being stored in refrigerators?

  • Are chemical wastes stored in proper containers and location?

  • Are all chemical wastes stored in properly labeled containers?

  • Are all chemical wastes stored by compatibility?

  • Is all waste stored in sealed containers?

  • Is chemical waste disposal done regularly?


  • Is there glassware stored or used in the space?

  • Is glassware properly stored?

  • Is broken and damaged glassware properly disposed of?

  • Is a covered broken glass container provided?

Science Room Inspections - All Science Rooms


  • Room exits are unobstructed and accessible.

  • Fire safety evacuation plans are prepared, maintained and conspicuously posted near the exit door in the classroom.

  • Emergency rescue windows are free of obstructing bars, screens, grilles, decoration or classroom equipment.

  • All emergency rescue windows are identified by signs as specified on the window and /or on any window shades, blinds, or curtains.

  • The window on the classroom door to the hallway should not be obstructed by paper or decoration

  • Safety blankets are available and wall mounted in a conspicuous location.

  • Fire extinguishers are be wall mounted in a conspicuous location, preferably near the door.

  • Fire extinguishers are be visually inspected monthly and marked on the inspection tag.

  • Fire extinguishers are visually inspected annually and marked on the inspection tag.

  • Spill kits are available and conspicuously placed.

  • There is a first aid kit available.


  • Counters and floors are clean and free of clutter.

  • There is no food being consumed in laboratories.

  • Storage is orderly.

  • Storage is not within 24 inches of the ceiling.

  • Thirty-six (36) inch walkways are maintained.

Supplied Gas/Compressed Gas

  • There is an emergency gas shut-off valve or button.

  • The gas shut-off is labeled.

  • All cylinders (including extras) securely stored with valve protectors.

  • Corrosive gases stored no more than 6 months

  • Cylinders are marked FULL, IN USE or EMPTY

  • Cylinders are stored according to compatibility.

Electrical Safety

  • Electrical cords are in good condition.

  • There GFCI outlets within 6 feet of water sources.

  • There are no exposed, energized electrical parts.

  • Where electrical current is other than 110v, outlet marked with current provided

  • All equipment have three pronged plugs (or labeled “double insulated”) and are UL listed.

  • Electrical panels have 36" clear space.

  • Emergency shut off is operational, buttons are marked, overhead signage

  • Extension cords are not used as permanent wiring.

  • Power strips are plugged directly into the wall and are not used with any appliances.

  • Multi plug adaptors and ground pin adaptors are not in use.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Appropriate eye protection is worn - goggles for splash hazards.

  • There is a method available to disinfect and clean eye protection.

  • Nitrile gloves are available for use with chemicals.

  • Appropriate clothing and footwear is worn when experiments are being performed.

  • Appropriate PPE is provided.

Hazard Communication

  • A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) - formerly a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) - is available for every chemical. An MSDSonline Poster is posted in a conspicuous location.

  • The Chemical Hygiene Plan is accessible.

  • Emergency numbers are posted in a conspicuous location.


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