1.Housekeeping and Environment

  • 1.1 Are work areas free of rubbish, obstruction, slip and trip hazards?

  • 1.2 Are floor coverings in good condition?

  • 1.3 Is high storage avoided for heavy or frequent use items?

  • 1.4 Is stock or material stored appropriately and safely?

  • 1.6 Are doors fully functional?

  • 1.7 Are stairs, steps and handrails in good order?

  • 1.8 Are all areas adequately lit?

  • 1.9 Are areas free from glare?

  • 1.10 Is there adequate ventilation?

  • 1.11 Are noise levels acceptable?

  • 1.12 Are domestic waste bins free of hazardous material?

  • 1.13 Are there good cleaning standards?

  • 1.14 Are all cords/wires out of the way?

  • 1.15 Is the UNSW Safety Hazards Poster on the door?

  • 1.16 Are all internal safety signs current, unobstructed and in good condition?

  • 1.17 Signage indicates where Personal Protective Equipment is kept?

2. Manual Handling

  • 2.1 Has the need to lift, carry, push or drag heavy loads been eliminated?

  • 2.2 Is suitable manual handling/lifting equipment available and in good condition?

  • 2.3 Are suitable ladders or steps available and in good condition?

3. Sustainability

  • 3.1 Any infrequently used equipment is switched off from the wall? (e.g. laminator)

  • 3.2 Are there any paper recycling facilities available?

  • 3.3 Recycling facilities for special waste (e.g. batteries) are accessible?

  • 3.4 Any water leakage marks are reported and fixed promptly? (check for water leakage marks)

  • 3.5 Are fume cupboards sashes lowered when not in use?

  • 3.6 Are fume cupboards turned off when not in use for long period of time? (e.g. in teaching labs)

  • 3.7 Are appliances only switched on when needed rather than leaving them running constantly? (e.g. ovens, water chillers, autoclaves, reverse osmosis)

  • 3.8 Are all water cooled equipment on a recycle system?

4. Chemical

  • 4.1 Are appropriate physical controls available e.g. ventilation, storage cupboards, fume hood, safety showers?

  • 4.2 Are hazard signs and notices clearly displayed and relevant? (e.g. safety hazards poster at entrance to area, GHS labelling used)

  • 4.3 Are chemicals stored according to compatibility and Safety Data Sheet?

  • 4.4 Is storage in fume hoods prohibited and chemicals on the floor suitably contained e.g. bunded?

  • 4.5 Are chemicals labelled according to the HS429 Labelling of Hazardous Chemicals Guideline?

  • 4.6 Are gas cylinders secured to prevent the cylinder from falling and stored in an upright position?

  • 4.7 Are gas cylinders required to be stored outside the laboratory or gas sensors installed where necessary?

  • 4.8 Gas regulators are regularly inspected and tested?

  • 4.9 Is suitable Personal Protective Equipment available, stored appropriately and in good condition?

  • 4.10 Are all hazardous chemicals disposed according to chemical disposal guidelines? (check sinks for stains or erosion signs)

  • 4.11 Chemical spill kit available and fully stocked?

  • 4.12 Are safety showers and eyewash stations in working order, unobstructed and tested monthly/weekly?

  • 4.13 Fume cupboards within their test date (annual test)?

  • 4.14 Are fire extinguishers, appropriate for the chemicals, available near-by? (located 3 – 10 meters from fume cupboard)

  • 4.15 Flammables dangerous goods cabinet kept 3m from ignition sources (if not ventilated)?

  • 4.16 Flammables not stored in fridge/freezers unless they are intrinsically safe?

  • 4.17 Dangerous Goods cabinets bunding kept empty (i.e. no containers stored)?

  • 4.18 Are all chemical containers securely closed to prevent vapour and odour release? (e.g. use parafilm).

5. Biological

  • 5.1 Are all procedures that generate aerosols done in a Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC)?

  • 5.2 Are only tested and certified BSC’s used?

  • 5.3 Are lab gowns with elastic cuffs and gloves used for work at the BSC?

  • 5.4 Is all furniture, including chairs, non-absorbent?

  • 5.5 Gloves are worn when handling infectious materials?

  • 5.6 Are all PPE removed and hands washed before leaving the laboratory? Dedicated hand-wash sinks available?
    Hands-free operation in PC2 labs?

  • 5.7 Are laboratory gowns/coats stored appropriately? (not over-lapping, not over chairs)

  • 5.8 Are UNSW procedures for waste segregation and handling followed?

  • 5.9 Are disinfectants labelled with expiry date and hazard information?

  • 5.10 If used, is the antiseptic handwash within expiry date?

  • 5.11 Biological and cytotoxic (where relevant) spills kit available, signposted and fully stocked?

  • 5.12 Sharps are not exposed and blade removal devices are available?

6. Equipment (plant)

  • 6.1 Are all machines guarded where required?

  • 6.2 Is the working area for fixed plant clearly marked?

  • 6.3 Are Safe Work Procedures displayed for all equipment?

  • 6.4 Is personal protective equipment available, stored appropriately and in good condition?

  • 6.5 Are emergency stop buttons easily accessible and clearly labelled?

  • 6.6 Is plant inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with legislation or manufacturers guidance?

  • 6.7 Where required, do operators have current high-risk work licences? (e.g. forklift, cranes, hoists, rigging/dogging)

  • 6.8 Any dangerous/obsolete plant tagged out or removed from service?

7. Radiation

  • 7.1 Are there current Radiation Safety Committee project approvals for all activities in the Radiological laboratories and are all apparatus registered?

  • 7.1 Is equipment to be used in active areas labelled and used only for that purpose?

  • 7.2 Are personal dosimeters provided and worn as appropriate?

  • 7.3 Are suitable contamination monitoring instruments provided, maintained and calibrated?

  • 7.4 Are radiation working areas segregated from other laboratory areas and labelled?

  • 7.5 Is all radiation work conducted in secondary containment facilities e.g. spill trays?

  • 7.6 Are remote handling tools such as forceps used to maximise distance and reduce dose?

  • 7.7 Does labelling include: compound, isotope, activity, date, username and trefoil symbol?

  • 7.8 Is suitable shielding used for experimental and waste storage areas?

  • 7.9 Are UNSW procedures for waste segregation and handling followed?

  • 7.10 Are radioactive substances securely stored separately from other substances?

8. Emergency

  • 8.1 Is a first aid kit easily accessible and clearly labelled?

  • 8.2 Are the contents of the first aid kits clean and within date?

  • 8.3 Do fire sprinklers have at least 500mm of clear space beneath?

  • 8.4 Are fire exits clearly marked and unobstructed?

  • 8.5 Are emergency procedures current and displayed?

  • 8.6 Are fire extinguishers appropriate, unobstructed, 6-monthly inspected and clearly marked?

9. General

  • 9.1 Portable electrical items tested and tagged?

  • 9.2 Electrical power boards raised off the floor or bench but not handing from the cord?

  • 9.3 No double-adaptors used?

  • 9.4 Are all hoses in good condition and wired or clamped in position? (e.g. cooling water, gas)

10. Laser Radiation

  • 10.1 Is laser radiation signage displayed?

  • 10.2 Does interlock install at the door of the Class 3 or above laser room and valid?

  • 10.3 Is the laser curtain unobstructed?

  • 10.4 Does interlock install for class 3 or above laser?

  • 10.5 Is suitable laser PPCE available and in good order?

11. Comments or Additional Items

  • 10.1 Is water pipework of rotary evaporator secured?

  • 10.2 Is plastic safety net on any round bottom flask in case of glass breakage installed?

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