• NOTE: This general template can be used for lab safety self-inspections. You can modify this template to suit your lab area and institution standards.

General Safety

  • Lab is maintained secure. Door is locked when no one is in lab.

  • Appropriate clothing worn by everyone in lab.

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e. lab coats, nitrile gloves, safety glasses, etc.)

  • REFERENCE: Lab PPE to be worn
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  • Work and storage areas clear of clutter; access to exit is unrestricted.

  • No food or drinks found in labs.

  • Hazard sign posted on corridor door.

  • Emergency phone numbers & plan posted next to phone.

Chemical Safety

  • Eyewash not blocked; can be accessed easily.

  • Fume hood free of clutter and stored chemicals.

  • Appropriate labels are found on all hazardous chemical containers.

  • No flammable chemicals stored in regular refrigerator.

  • All compressed gas cylinders secured in upright position.

  • All compressed gas cylinders capped when not in use.

  • Shelves and chemical containers in good condition (no leaks, rust).

  • Spill control equipment (neutralizers, absorbent pads) are present.

Hazardous Waste

  • Is Hazardous chemical waste generated in this area?

  • Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) is located at or near where waste is generated.

  • Maximum SAA storage capacity not exceeded.

  • Waste containers are in good condition (not leaking, rusted, bulging or damaged).

  • Each container is marked with the words "Hazardous Waste".

  • Each container is marked with full chemical names identifying the contents stored inside (no abbreviations or formulas).

  • Waste containers are kept closed unless adding waste.

  • Waste containers storing liquid hazardous waste at or near sinks and drains are stored within secondary containment.

  • Secondary containment is in good condition (free of cracks, gaps and impervious to leaks).

  • Is regulated medical waste or "sharps" waste generated in this area?

  • Sharps are disposed in a proper container that is kept closed unless waste is being added.

  • Regulated medical waste is placed in red bags within boxes that are properly labeled or in another suitable container

Biological Safety

  • Biological materials are not stored in hallways or chaseways in unlocked freezers or refrigerators.

  • Biohazard signs are posted in all labs handling infectious materials.

  • Lab coats, gowns or scrubs are in use in labs handling infectious materials.

  • Disinfectants are on hand for sanitizing bench tops and treating spills.

  • Biological safety cabinet(s) were certified within the last 12 months.

Radiation Safety

  • Is radioactive material present in this area?

  • Is a proper sign posted on the lab door?

  • Radioactive and/or mixed waste containers are properly labeled.

  • The GM meter(s) is calibrated.

  • The radioactive material use area is marked properly.

  • The radioactive material storage freezer is properly labeled.

  • Vials of radioactive material within a freezer are stored in a proper "lock box".

Completion

  • Any other observations

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