A. General Work Environment

  • 1. Work areas illuminated

  • 2. Storage of combustible materials minimized

  • 3. Trash removed promptly

  • 4. Aisles and passageways kept clear

  • 5. Wet surfaces covered with non-slip material

  • 6. Heavy items stored on lower shelves

  • 7. Means available to reach items stored above shoulder level

  • 8. Storage at least 18 inches below sprinkler head

  • 9. Storage at least 24 inches below ceiling

  • 10. Exits a. Illuminated signs working

  • b. Paths free from obstruction

  • c. Alternate exits available where required

  • d. Fire doors not blocked or wedged open

  • e. Doors not locked

  • 11. Security/controls where required for select materials

  • 12. Pits and floor openings covered or guarded

B. Emergency Planning

Facilities

  • 1. Fire extinguishers mounted near doorway

  • 2. Fire extinguishers unobstructed

  • 3. Fire extinguisher fully charged

  • 4. Fire extinguisher tamper indicator in place

  • 5. Eyewash and safety showers available in close proximity and unobstructed

  • 6. Fire alarm pull stations unobstructed

Inspections

  • 7. Fire extinguisher inspected

  • 8. Eyewash and safety shower inspected

  • 9. Spill control plan completed

  • 10. Spill control materials available and adequate to cover anticipated spills

C. Required Information/ Postings

  • 1. Written Emergency Action Plan

  • 2. Material Safety Data Sheets readily accessible

  • 3. Written Chemical Hygiene Plan available in lab

  • 4. Documentation of Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment and training

Postings

  • 5. Emergency Information Posters accurate and current

  • 6. Telephones posted with 911 sticker

  • 7. Ice making machines posted Not for Human Consumption

  • 8. Building Evacuation Routes posted

  • 9. Fire Code Permits posted (when required)

D. Personal Protective Equipment

  • 1. Eye and face protection available where needed

  • a. Goggles and face shields for corrosives

  • b. User enrolled in respiratory protection program

E. Electrical Hazards

  • 1. Flexible cords in good condition

  • 2. Cover plate in place for outlets and switches

  • 3. Circuit breaker panels unobstructed

  • 4. Machine/instrument access panels in place

  • 5. No exposed electrical conductors (50 volts or more)

  • 6. Multiplug adapters have overload protection

  • 7. No extension cords used

  • 8. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) used for wet/exterior use

  • 9. Guards/covers used for electrophoresis devices

F. Chemical Storage

Facilities

  • 1. Shelving adequate for loads imposed

  • 2. Refrigeration units for chemical storage labeled No Food

  • 3. Refrigeration units for food labeled Food Only

  • 4. Chemical storage cabinets properly labeled

  • 5. Ventilated gas cabinets used for highly toxic gases

  • 6. No volatile chemical storage in unventilated environmental chambers

  • 7. Containers clearly labeled with chemical name(s)

  • 8. Containers kept closed except during transfers

  • 9. Storage strictly limited in actively used fume hoods

  • 10. Containers compatible with the chemical

  • 11. Chemicals segregated to avoid incompatibilities

  • 12. Large/heavy containers stored on lower shelves

  • 13. Corrosives not stored above eye level

  • 14. Storage quantities minimized

  • 15. Secondary containers used during transport of more than one pint of chemicals

  • 16. Materials with shelf lives dated and disposed of per supplier's recommendations

  • 17. All materials that become unstable and/or more hazardous after prolonged storage are labeled with date received and opened.

G. Flammable Liquids

  • 1. Used in fume hood or well-ventilated area

  • 2. Stored in flammable liquid storage cabinet for more than 10 gallons per room

  • 3. Refrigeration units approved for flammables storage

  • 4. Flammables separated from strong oxidizers

  • 5. Class ABC or BC fire extinguisher available

  • 6. Flammable liquids not stored near hot plates or other ignition sources

H. Compressed Gases

  • 1. Used in well ventilated area

  • 2. Toxic, flammable, corrosive gases used in fume hood

  • 3. Storage quantities minimized

  • 4. Secured from tipping in use

  • 5. Regulators compatible with gas cylinder

  • 6. Cylinder carts used for transport

  • 7. Protective valve caps in place

  • 8. Empty or unused gas cylinders promptly returned to supplier

  • 9. Compressed gas cylinders are properly secured to prevent tipping and capped when not in use.

I. Cryogenics

  • 1. Personal protective equipment used to avoid skin contact

  • 2. Used/dispensed with good ventilation

  • 3. Containers vented or pressure relief devices provided

  • 4. Low temperature embrittlement considered

  • 5. Glass dewars shielded

J. Waste Disposal

  • 1. Containers kept sealed except during transfer

  • 2. Containers labeled with the words Hazardous Waste

  • 3. Constituents of the waste described on the container label

  • 4. Storage limited to <1 quart of acutely hazardous waste

  • 5. Glass chemical containers recycled per established procedures

  • 6. Separate disposal containers available for broken glass

  • 7. Containers compatible with waste

  • 8. waste accumulation at or near point of generation and under the control of the operator.

  • 9. All waste container are in good condition and are not leaking.

  • 10. All chemical waste is being disposed of properly.

K. Ventilation

  • 1. Each chemical fume hood has been surveyed

  • 2. Fume hood vents (baffles) unobstructed

  • 3. Fume hoods used with sash in appropriate position

  • 4. Chemical storage strictly limited in actively used hoods

  • 5. Other local exhaust devices (e.g. gas cabinets, elephant trunks) surveyed

  • 6. Laminar Flow Cabinets posted

M. Security

  • 1. Doors to the lab operate, close and lock properly

  • 2. Windows operate, close and lock properly

  • 3. Keys and access cards are kept in a secure area, out of sight

CERTIFICATION:

  • (To be signed by responsible faculty member or designated representative) I certify that I understand all necessary corrective actions specified in this report and have corrected all of the items indicated to the best of my knowledge. Return to EHS

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