• Not all sections will be applicable to all workplaces. Answering "no" to any questions indicates a need for corrective action to be identified and undertaken. Please refer to the guidelines for the Assessment of Risks from the Use of Hazardous Substances and the Hazardous Substances Procedures Manual: http://www.hr.ecu.edu.au/OSH/HTML/osh_policies_guides.cfm If you have any further questions please contact the OS&H Office

SIGNATURES FOR SIGN-OFF

  • Inspectors Name and Contact Number:

  • Head of School/Director and Contact Number:

  • Faculty/Centre Executive and Contact Number:

CHECKLIST

  • Is Chem Alert up to date for hazardous substances used in your work area?

  • Are Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available for all hazardous substances used and less than 5 years old?

  • Are stocks maintained as per the University's requirements and recorded as equal to or less than the data base maximum volumes?

  • Have any deviations such as increased volumes, changes is use/practices and new products been noted, recorded and reflected in manifests? If yes why?

  • Have approvals for the use of any carcinogens or products listed in schedule 5 of the OSH regulations been obtained?

  • Are security measures still in ace or put in place for any chemicals identified as security sensitive in 2011?

  • Are all staff, students & visitors who use the workplace acquainted with SDS's and trained to take necessary action in an emergency?

  • Have risk assessments been completed for the hazardous substances held and used? Have they been reviewed in the previous 2 years?

  • Are all containers adequately labelled according to OSH regulations part 5 sub-section 6?

  • Are all containers of hazardous substances suitable and undamaged?

  • Are all hazardous substances safely stored as per regulation requirements?

  • Are spill kits available and procedures in place to clean up spills?

  • Are all areas in which hazardous substances are used or stored well ventilated?

  • Are building placards required? If yes are they displayed?

  • Is regular atmospheric monitoring or health monitoring required? If yes is it undertaken?

  • Is compatibility of dangerous goods considered when storing?

  • Are the amounts of solvents used stored kept to a minimum?

  • Are all gas cylinders suitably stored and secured?

  • Are emergency isolation switches available, clearly identified and regularly tested?

  • Is a CO2 fire extinguisher located near to the fume cupboard?

  • Is the area free of flammable liquids? If not complete the Flammable Liquids section below.

  • Are all hazardous substances disposed of current and is all documentation relating to the disposal of hazardous substances including licenses according to the SDS and ECU requirements?

PERSONNEL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • Are areas/tasks designed for use of PPE clearly marked/signed?

  • Is appropriate PPE available, in good repair and being worn as per SDS requirements?

  • Is training/instructions provided on the correct use and maintenance of PPE?

FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

  • Storage of flammable chemicals must comply with Australian Standard AS 1940:1993 - Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

  • STORAGE OF MINOR AMOUNTS INTENDED AS DAY-TO-DAY WORKING STOCK

  • Is the total quantity of flammable liquid less than 20L per 50m2 of floor space?

  • Are containers stored in a cool area, and away from ignition sources?

  • Are containers kept closed when not in use?

  • Is there room to open/decant flammable liquids away from ignition sources?

  • Is the storage/decanting area clear of combustible waste materials and residues?

  • Are flammable liquids stored and used away from escape routes and at least 3m from any ignition source?

  • Are relevant staff and students trained in the use and handling of flammable liquids?

  • Is there any evidence of unattended spills?

  • STORAGE OF AMOUNTS BETWEEN 20L AND 250L: STORAGE CABINETS

  • Is there less than 250L aggregate of flammable and combustible liquid stored in any individual storage cabinet?

  • CABINET CONSTRUCTION & PLACEMENT

  • Is the cabinet constructed according to regulation (double-walled sheet steel construction, gap not less than 40mm between the wall; gaps are either an air space or filled with non-combustible insulation; floor forms a liquid-tight compound at least 150mm deep. All shelves are perforated for free air movement) and does the cabinet need to be externally vented?

  • Is the cabinet door self-closing, close-fitting and held shut at all times?

  • Is each individual cabinet marked legibly with the maximum capacity of the cabinet, a class label and words "no smoking, no ignition sources"?

  • Does the cabinet separation meet requirements (irrespective of occupancy, not more than one cabinet is installed in each 250m2 of building area and the distance between any two cabinets is not less than 5m)?

  • Is there at least one 20 B(E) powder extinguishers for each indoor flammable liquids cabinet?

  • MANIFESTS AND CUSTODIAN

  • Has a hard copy of manifest been provided to ECU Security?

  • Has the ECU Chem Alert Custodian advised security of their location and contact number in the event of an emergency?

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