Title Page

  • Date of inspection

  • Inspection team

  • Lab group(s) inspected

  • Building

  • Rooms included

  • Is this location OGTR certified?

  • What is the certification number?

1. Work Environment

  • 1.1 Area is tidy and well-kept

  • 1.2 There is adequate storage

  • 1.3 Floor coverings are in good condition and suitabale for purpose

  • 1.4 Floors and walkways are free of obstructions and/or trip hazards

  • 1.5 Lighting is adequate; covers and fittings are secure

  • 1.6 Temperature is comfortable

  • 1.7 Area is free from odours

  • 1.8 Noise level is acceptable or controlled to a suitable level

  • 1.9 Area is free from glare from light sources (internal and external)

  • 1.10 Sinks are functional and clean, free of rubbish, clutter etc

  • 1.11 Hand wash/disinfectant is provided and suitable for its intended use

  • 1.12 Warning and safety signage is displayed and up to date

  • 1.13 Lab-specific safety documentation is complete, up to date and easily accessible

  • 1.14 Lab is free of food, drink, and cosmetics

  • 1.15 Lab members have completed their required training and inductions – tasks, equipment, work areas

  • 1.16 Bench tops and liners should be free of visible contamination

  • 1.17 Towels used for defrosting freezers etc. are not left on the floor

  • 1.18 Dirty lab coats are regularly swapped for clean ones

  • 1.19 Are clean and dirty areas clearly designated, signed and adhered to

2. Emergencies

  • 2.1 Emergency Exit signs are in place and illuminated

  • 2.2 Warden signage is present and up to date

  • 2.3 Emergency evacuation map is displayed nearby

  • 2.4 Exit doors are marked, clearly visible and can be opened from the inside

  • 2.5 Exit corridors are clear of obstructions (including outside of the building)

  • 2.6 Fire extinguishers are accessible and unobstructed

  • 2.7 Fire extinguisher is tagged and has been checked within the last 6 months

  • 2.8 Emergency code tags are provided with ID badges

  • 2.9 Emergency alarms and announcements are audible in the area

3. First Aid

  • 3.1 First Aid signage is visible and contains details of first aid officers for the area

  • 3.2 First Aid Kit is stocked, contents are in-date and has been inspected within the last 6 months

  • 3.3 Staff and students know what to do in an event that first aid is needed

  • 3.4 Safety shower/emergency eyewash station is functional and easily accessible. Items are not stored in the safety shower area

  • 3.5 Safety shower/eyewash station has been checked within one month, with evidence provided next to station

  • 3.6 Are portable eye wash kits are available if there is no plumbed eyewash station

4. Electrical Safety

  • 4.1 Electrical equipment has been tested and tagged in accordance with requirements (e.g., portable lab equipment needs to be tested every 12 months)

  • 4.2 All power leads, outlets and switches are in good condition

  • 4.3 Power leads are off the floor where possible and out of the way

  • 4.4 Extension leads and power boards are not overloaded

  • 4.5 Double adapters are not being used

  • 4.6 Tagged out equipment is removed from use (in accordance with the tag-out lock-out procedure)

5. Ergonomics/Manual tasks

  • 5.1 Frequently used items are kept within easy reach

  • 5.2 Items stored on above head shelving are stable and not accessed frequently

  • 5.3 Step ladders or stools are available to access items stored on high shelves

  • 5.4 Heavy items are stored at waist level

  • 5.5 Material handling equipment is available for heavy or awkward loads (e.g., trolleys)

  • 5.6 Chairs are suitable for users and their needs, function properly and are comfortable.

  • 5.7 Guidelines for hazardous manual handling activities have been developed and are easily accessible.

  • 5.8 Staff and students are aware of what hazardous manual handling is and what they need to do to minimize risks

6. Documentation

  • 6.1 Lab-specific safety documentation is complete, up to date and easily accessible

  • 6.2 Lab-specific warning and emergency signage is present and up to date (where applicable)

  • 6.3 Records are being kept for local area inductions – tasks, equipment, work areas

  • 6.4 Local area risk assessments have been completed and are easily available

  • 6.5 Local area SWPs and SOPs have been completed and are easily available

7. PPE

  • 7.1 Staff are wearing lab appropriate clothing (e.g., closed toe shoes, long hair tied back, no loose articles of clothing)

  • 7.2 General and specialised PPE is available and in good condition

  • 7.3 Lab coat storage is provided and used properly (e.g., not on the back of chairs)

  • 7.4 Signage of PPE requirements displayed

  • 7.5 Staff and students are wearing the required PPE

8. Chemicals and substances

  • Are chemical substances used or stored in this area?

8.1 General Chemical Requirements

  • 8.1.1 Chemicals and other items are not stored under benches, especially in spaces intended for sitting

  • 8.1.2 Chemical inventory is in ChemAlert and is up to date

  • 8.1.3 Staff and students know how to access SDS' in ChemAlert

  • 8.1.4 All decanted chemicals are labelled according to SVI and legal requirements

  • 8.1.5 Lab members have completed their chemical management and safety training and/or refresher module

8.2 Chemical Storage

  • 8.2.1 Only chemicals that are used frequently are stored on benches/shelves, all others are stored in suitable chemical storage areas/cabinets

  • 8.2.2 Liquid chemicals are stored with spill trays

  • 8.2.3 Refrigerators used to store flammable materials are intrinsically safe

  • 8.2.4 Chemicals are not stored in fume hoods (unless by prior agreement if they are very volatile/noxious and do not effect the flow of air/functioning of the hood)

  • 8.2.5 Scheduled poisons are stored and used according to Chemical Management guidelines - https://intra.svi.edu.au/article-view/whs/chemical_safety_and_management

  • 8.2.6 Chemicals are segregated and stored as per the SVI chemical segregation chart, chemical management guidelines and H&S Requirements – Chemical Storage requirements - https://intra.svi.edu.au/article-view/whs/chemical_safety_and_management

  • 8.2.7 Chemicals are stored in appropriate containers e.g. in original containers, or appropriate containers if decanted

  • 8.2.8 Chemicals are stored according to compatibility i.e. no incompatible items are being stored together

  • 8.2.9 Hazardous chemical cabinets are in use and are in good condition

  • 8.2.10 Hazardous chemical cabinets are not overloaded

  • 8.2.11Hazardous chemical cabinets are do not have items stored in the bund at the bottom

  • 8.2.12 Hazardous chemical cabinets only contain items applicable to that type of cabinet

  • 8.2.13 Scheduled poisons are stored in accordance with regulations; logbooks are present and being used

  • 8.2.14 Maximum volumes for lab/storage are not being exceeded. Refer to Australian Standards for storage of dangerous goods

8.3 Chemical Spills

  • 8.3.1 Spill kits are available and can be easily located

  • 8.3.2 Staff and students know what to do in the event of a spill

  • 8.3.3 Spill kits have been inspected according to SVI requirements

8.4 Chemical Waste

  • 8.4.1 Waste containers are available and labelled correctly

  • 8.4.2 Waste is stored in bunded storage areas or spill trays

  • 8.4.3 Waste is stored away from sinks, drains, incompatible, substances and ignition sources etc.

9. Compressed Gases

  • Do any members of this lab use, or come into contact with, compressed gases e.g., CO2 cylinders

  • 9.1 Cylinders are secured appropriately by bracket or chain

  • 9.2 Empty cylinders are separated from full cylinders and clearly labelled

  • 9.3 Cylinders that are not actively in use (not attached to equipment) are stored outside of the building

  • 9.4 Appropriate resources (e.g., cylinder trolley) are available for transporting gas cylinders

  • 9.5 Regulators in use are in good condition, appropriate for the gas being used and fitted properly

  • 9.6 Gas lines are labelled and free of leaks, kinks, signs of wear & tear

  • 9.7 Gas use is confined to areas with good local exhaust ventilation

  • 9.8 Cylinders, pipes, and valves are protected from mechanical damage

10. Cryogenic Substances

  • Do any members of this lab use, or come into contact with cryogenic substances e.g., Liquid Nitrogen

  • 10.1 Appropriate PPE is provided and used where cyrogenic substances are being used

  • 10.2 Is there aqequate ventilation

  • 10.3 Oxygen monitors and alarms are present in areas where liquid nitrogen is stored/used

  • 10.4 Oxygen monitors/alarms are serviced as required and suitable records are kept

  • 10.5 Staff and students know what to do in the event of a low oxygen alarm

  • 10.6 Liquid nitrogen users have been trained in its safe use

11. Biosafety and Security

  • 11.1 There is appropriate Biosafety signage at the laboratory entrance and storage rooms/vessels

  • 11.2 All cultures or biohazards materials are correctly labelled

  • 11.3 A supply of disinfectant for decontamination purposes is available and is clearly labelled

  • 11.4 Procedures are documented and in place for how to treat biohazard spills; all lab users are aware of what to do in the event of a spill

  • 11.5 Areas containing biohazards have restricted access and those working in the area have completed applicable training e.g. lab inductions, local task inductions

12. Radiation

  • Is radiation (non-ionising or ionising) in use in this space

  • 12.1 Access to areas where radiation is used is limited to only authorised persons

  • 12.2 Suitable radiation/contamination monitoring equipment is available and in working condition

  • 12.3 X-ray and other radiation producing equipment is kept in a room solely dedicated to it

  • 12.4 Ionising equipment is contained in appropriate enclosures

  • 12.5 Labelling & warning signage is present and legible

  • 12.6 Radiation area is clearly defined

  • 12.7 Sources are labelled & monitored

  • 12.8 Records of isotope use kept

  • 12.9 Logbook is in use, and checked regularly by Local Radiation Contact (LRC)

  • 12.10 Staff and students have completed local radiation use induction and records of these inductions are kept

  • 12.11 Staff and students have completed the applicable online Raditaion Safety module

  • 12.12 SWPs for radiation use available

  • 12.13 STV Radiation Policy is in place

  • 12.14 Staff and students are following policy & SWPs

13. Equipment

13.1 General Requirements

  • 13.1.1 Users have been trained in the use of the lab equipment in this area

  • 13.1.2 Faulty equipment is tagged out and reported for repairs

  • 13.1.3 Obsolete equipment is removed from the lab

  • 13.1.4 Staff and students are aware of the equipment tracker to report problems

13.2 BSCs and Fume Hood

  • 13.2.1 Fume hoods, lamina flows, and biosafety cabinets have been tested/serviced recently as per requirements and records kept

  • 13.2.2 Cabinets are clean and clear and are not being used as chemical or other storage

  • 13.2.3 Cabinets are turned off when not in use

13.3 Cold Storage Units (Fridges and Freezers)

  • 13.3.1 Cold storage units containing biohazards, radiation are labelled appropriately

  • 13.3.2 Cold storage units display emergency contact details

  • 13.3.3 Units are labelled with signage stating that they are not to be used for storage of food items

  • 13.3.4 Units are not icing over and are defrosted and de-iced regularly

  • 13.3.5 Walk-in units do not have boxes etc. stored on the floor

  • 13.3.6 Walk-in units have bell/alarm for notifying others when a person is trapped inside

  • 13.3.7 Containers/boxes are labelled clearly with the owner's/team's name

13.4 Incubators

  • Are incubators used in this area?

  • 13.4.1 Incubators are clean and tidy

  • 13.4.2 Incubators display emergency contact details

  • 13.4.3 Incubators are turned off when not in use

13.5 Water baths

  • Are water baths used in this area?

  • 13.5.1 Water baths are turned off when not in use

  • 13.5.2 Water baths display emergency contact details

13.6 Centrifuges

  • Are centrifuges used in this area?

  • 13.6.1 Centrifuges are serviced regularly and records kept

  • 13.6.2 Staff trained in centrifuge use and records kept

14. Waste Disposal

  • 14.1 All waste bins are clearly labelled with the type of waste etc.

  • 14.2 Disposal procedures are available for broken glass

  • 14.3 Biohazard bins are being used appropriately and are not overflowing

  • 14.4 Lab users know how to dispose of the different types of waste

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