Hazard Rating Matrix

  • For the following questions please indicate the hazard rating where applicable:

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Housekeeping

  • 1. Are all aisles and doorways clear of materials and equipment?

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  • 2. Are fridges, hoods, ovens reasonably clean?

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  • 3. Are benches and sinks reasonably clean and uncluttered?

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  • 4. Are office/work areas kept separate from laboratory areas?

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  • 5. Are procedures and equipment posing potential hazards identified, and have safe work procedures been developed to mitigate the hazards?

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  • 6. Are supplies and materials stored properly on shelves i.e. heavier material stored on lower shelves?

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  • 7. Are racks and shelving properly installed and in good condition?

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General Safety

  • 8. Food or drink are prohibited in the lab space.

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  • 9. Is the SFU, department, or lab specific Safety Manual available?

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  • 10. If biohazards or radioactive materials (including naturally occurring) are used, are required permits in place?

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  • 11. Is any other appropriate additional safety signage posted? (e.g. X-ray, laser)

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  • 12. Are personnel aware of who the safety committee members are in their area?

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Training

  • 13. Have all personnel received a laboratory-specific safety orientation with their supervisor?

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  • 14. Have all personnel attended the relevant EHRS lab safety training sessions, including WHMIS if chemicals are used or stored?

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  • 15. Is safety training documented?

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Emergency Information and Fire Safety

  • 16. Are campus emergency numbers posted by the phone?

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  • 17. Are up-to-date Chemical Hazard signs posted at/by doors leading to rooms with hazardous chemicals (need to be updated annually)?

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  • 18. Are emergency safety showers and eyewash stations available and the areas around them unobstructed?

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  • 19. Have the safety showers and eyewash stations been inspected and tested within the last year?

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  • 20. Are procedures in place for personnel working alone in evenings, or weekends?

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  • 21. Are personnel familiar with the emergency evacuation plan, including egress routes, pull stations, extinguisher locations and assembly points?

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  • 22. Do sprinkler heads have a minimum clearance of 18 inches?

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  • 23. Has the fire extinguisher been inspected within the last year?

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  • 24. Are fire extinguishers accessible?

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  • 25. Are fire alarm pull stations clearly visible?

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  • 26. Are emergency exit signs functional (i.e., not burnt out)?

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First Aid

  • 27. Is there a first aid kit, and if so, a mechanism to track its use and keep it stocked?

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  • 28. Do personnel know how to access First Aid?

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  • 29. Are incident report forms being submitted for all incidents?

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Chemical Storage and Handling Safety

  • 30. Is a hazardous materials inventory maintained?

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  • 31. Are flammable liquids heated safely, with proper equipment? (e.g. not using an oil bath, or not directly on a hot plate)

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  • 32. Have personnel been trained on how to use a chemical spill kit?

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  • 33. Do personnel have access to an appropriately stocked spill kit at all times?

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  • 34. Are SDSs available, up-to-date and accessible for all chemicals in use? (either available online or printed paper copies that must be updated every 3 years)

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  • 35. Are all chemical containers legibly labeled for contents and hazard?

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  • 36. Are chemicals stored in appropriate containers?

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  • 37. Is secondary containment used when storing hazardous liquid chemicals in refrigerators, freezers and cabinets?

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  • 38. Are chemicals stored according to compatibility (oxidizers separated from flammables)?

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  • 39. Are flammable materials stored in closed containers and in approved flammable storage cabinets or refrigerators?

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  • 40. Are amounts of flammables and corrosives stored kept to a minimum?

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  • 41. Are peroxide-forming compounds (e.g. ethers) labelled and dated when opened and not stored in direct sunlight?

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  • 42. Have peroxide-forming compounds been tested every 3-6 months for peroxide formation as per SFU protocols?

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  • 43. Are safe transportation procedures and equipment used for chemicals? (e.g. chemical carriers)

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  • 44. Are separate waste receptacles for chemicals, sharps, glass, biohazards, and radioactive materials available and used?

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  • 45. Do personnel know how to request disposal for hazardous materials?

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  • 46. Are expired or unused chemicals disposed of?

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  • 47. Are waste containers labelled for contents/hazards, capped, and disposed of when full with sufficient head room?

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Fume Hoods

  • 48. Is the lab equipped with a fume hood?

  • 48a. Is the fume hood tested annually, with a sticker to show the date last tested?

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  • 48b. Are fume hood sashes at recommended height?

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  • 48c. Is the airflow monitor in the fume hood functioning? (test by raising the sash if safe to do so)

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  • 48d. Are fume hoods clear, uncluttered, and not used for storage to ensure good airflow?

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  • 48e. Is the front 15 cm of the fume hood clear?

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  • 48f. Are fume hoods used for storage labeled and ONLY used for storage?

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  • 48g. If perchloric acid is used, is a designated fume hood used?

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Equipment and Compressed Gases

  • 49. Are the operator and service manuals available for the equipment? Are emergency stop buttons operational? Do centrifuges have an interlocked lid, cover, system?

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  • 50. Do moving parts have guards installed (e.g. belt-drive vacuum pumps)?

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  • 51. Do vacuum pumps have cold traps to prevent volatile substances from getting into pump oil, or do they have a provision to purge pump?

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  • 52. Are Dewar flasks and vacuum desiccators taped or guarded?

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  • 53. Are storage tanks adequately vented and gauged?

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  • 54. Are all plastic and rubber tubes and hoses in good condition, with connections secured with wire or clamps to prevent accidental releases of hazardous materials?

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  • 55. Is a hand cart available for moving gas cylinders? (The cart must have 4 wheels)

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  • 56. Are all compressed gas cylinders properly capped or regulated?

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  • 57. Are compressed gas cylinders appropriately secured to a wall or bench with two points of contact?

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  • 58. Are flammable gas cylinders located away from doors and electrical outlets?

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  • 59. If an internal combustion engine is present, is maintenance and ventilation of the room verified and documented?

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Inspections

  • 60. Have the deficiencies from previous safety inspections been addressed?

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  • 61. Are safety inspection records kept and maintained?

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  • 62. Is a monthly safety self-inspection checklist posted and completed?

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • 63. Are lab coats available and worn when working in lab?

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  • 64. Are lab coats stored separately from personal clothing, jackets, backpacks, etc.?

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  • 65. Are safety glasses/goggles and face shields available and worn when working with hazards such as caustics, corrosives, UV radiation, cryogenic liquids, infectious materials, glass, lasers, machine tools, etc.?

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  • 66. Are appropriate protective gloves available and worn when skin contact is a risk?

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  • 67. Is fully enclosed footwear worn inside the lab?

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Electrical Safety

  • 68. Do all appliances have 3-pronged plugs for grounding?

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  • 69. Are power bars and extension cords used appropriately:
    • One power bar can be directly plugged into a wall outlet or through a single extension cord into an outlet. It is not ok to plug one power bar into another power bar.
    • Extension cords cannot be plugged into power bars or into other extension cords.
    • Power bars and extension cords should not be excessively loaded.
    • 12 outlet power bars must not be used.

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  • 70. Are all wires and plugs in good condition?

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  • 71. Are cables and cords secured to prevent a tripping hazard?

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  • 72. Are all panels and covers in place on electrical equipment?

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  • 73. Does electrical equipment have appropriate safety labeling present? (e.g. CSA certification)

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Tools, Machinery and Equipment

  • 74. Are tools, machinery or equipment used? If yes, confirm with the department that inspections of the area are being performed.

Other

  • 75. Are building materials in good condition?:
    • Look for visible signs of water staining or water damage (i.e., bubbling paint, water damaged drywall, rotting wood).
    • Ask area occupants or staff if there has been any recent water ingress reported/identified.

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