Audit

GENERAL SAFETY
CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN

Is the Chemical Hygiene Plan accessible in the lab?

Has the Plan been reviewed and signed by all lab workers?

Is lab-specific safety information in the Plan (Appendix A) being updated annually?

Is the lab chemical inventory up-to-date with all Safety Data Sheets available for reference?

REQUIRED SIGNS

Are eye protection and other special signs posted on doors (if applicable)?

Are there signs on contaminated equipment (if applicable)?

PROHIBITED ITEMS IN LAB

Are food and drinks being excluded from the lab?

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Are appropriate safety glasses or googles being worn?

Are appropriate gloves being provided?

PHYSICAL SECURITY

Are lab doors locked when not in use?

Is a list of authorized lab personnel posted near the entrance?

ELECTRICAL

Are extension cords being used properly and within limitations?

Are Relocatable Power Taps being used properly and within limitations?

Are Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors (GFCI) installed within 6 feet of any water source?

Are all cords of electrical equipment in good condition?

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
MEANS OF EGRESS AND EXITS

Are aisles free of clutter and is there at least 36 inches of clearance?

Are exits marked?

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

Is the building evacuation plan posted in a conspicuous location?

Are emergency phone numbers near a phone or outside of the door?

Have lab personnel been trained on each applicable Emergency Response Plan?

SPILL RESPONSE

Is there a spill kit available in the lab with a posted or known location?

CHEMICAL STORAGE
CONTAINERS AND LABELING

Are chemical storage containers compatible, appropriate, and in good condition?

Are breakables being stored away from shelf edges and at or below eye level?

Are chemical storage containers labeled appropriately?

Are chemical storage container labels legible?

STORAGE AREAS

Are chemicals being segregated and stored with compatible or like chemicals? (i.e. segregation of flammables and oxidizers; nitric acid and acids; acids and bases, etc.)

Are storage cabinets and shelves in good condition?

Are chemical storage areas identified with signs? (i.e. flammables, corrosives, poisons, etc.)

FLAMMABLE CHEMICALS

Are total flammable liquids under the maximum amount allowed per lab?

COMPRESSED GASES

Are cylinders stored properly and capped if unused?

Are cylinders properly labeled and secured?

Are empty cylinders being managed or returned?

PEROXIDE FORMERS

Are peroxide forming chemicals being labeled with appropriate dates (received, opened, and 6-month test date)?

REACTIVES

Are air, water, light, etc. reactive chemicals stored appropriately?

HAZARDOUS WASTE

Is there an identified central location for hazardous waste?

Is waste being appropriately segregated?

Are proper containers being used (compatible, closable, good condition)?

Are hazardous waste container labels legible with required information (name and waste constituents)?

FACILITY STATUS AND LABORATORY EQUIPMENT
HOUSEKEEPING

Are floors, walls, work benches, etc. clean?

Is the lab neat and clean in appearance?

Is there adequate space to perform work safely?

Is safety equipment (fire extinguishers, eye wash/shower, etc.) unblocked and accessable?

Is there at least 18 inches of clearance from the ceiling in regard to storage?

CHEMICAL FUME HOOD

Is fume hood chemical storage appropriate in regard to its designated use?

Is the sash placed in the proper condition when not in use?

Are lab employees trained in hood use?

SHARPS CONTAINERS

Is a proper sharps container in use (if applicable)?

Are needles and syringes being stored appropriately (if applicable)?

EQUIPMENT

Is all in-use laboratory equipment in good repair?

Are all gas and water lines free of leaks and functioning properly?

Is all equipment being adequately guarded to prevent injuries?

DEPARTMENTAL ITEMS
RESPONSIBILITIES OF OTHER PERSONNEL*

Are eyewash/shower inspections current?

Are fire extinguisher inspections current?

Are chemical fume hood and biosafety cabinet certifications current?

Are chemical fume hoods functioning appropriately?

* To be checked by inspection teams. Laboratory personnel should report to the Safety Officer if they notice that these items are not being completed.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

ADDITIONAL MEDIA
ADDITIONAL DRAWING
INSPECTOR SIGNATURE
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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.