A. General Work Environment

  • 1. Emergency eyewash stations are regularly tested and documented (at least monthly) by lab personnel?

  • 2. Emergency shower is tested at least annually by Facilities Services?

  • 3. Emergency eyewash and shower are accessible?

  • 4. Fire extinguisher is mounted on the wall and access is not blocked by equipment or supplies?

  • 5. All exits are unobstructed?

  • 6. Aisles are uncluttered and are without tripping hazards?

B. Documentation (CHP & Training)

  • 1. A written Chemical Hygiene Plan is available in the laboratory?

  • 2. A Lab Safety Agreement is signed and on file for everyone that works in the lab?

  • 3. Documentation of general lab safety training is available?

  • 4. Documentation of lab-specific training on SOPs is available?

C. Personal Protective Equipment

  • 1. Required protective equipment (such as gloves, safety glasses, goggles) is available and in functional condition?

  • 2. PPE is being worn appropriately in the laboratory? (check N/A if no work is being performed at time of inspection)

D. Electrical & General Equipment Hazards

  • 1. Flexible cords are in good condition?

  • 2. Cover plates are in place for outlets and switches?

  • 3. Circuit breaker panels are unobstructed?

  • 4. Machine/instrument access panels/guards are in place?

  • 5. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are used for wet/exterior applications?

E. Chemical Storage & Labeling

  • 1. Chemical storage cabinets are properly labeled?

  • 2. Shelving is adequate for supported loads?

  • 3. Large/heavy containers are stored on lower shelves?

  • 4. Chemicals are segregated to avoid incompatibilities?

  • 5. Corrosives are not stored above eye level?

  • 6. Storage quantities are minimized?

  • 7. Storage of chemicals is strictly limited in actively used fume hoods?

  • 8. Materials with shelf lives are dated and disposed of per supplier's recommendations?

  • 9. Secondary containers are used during transport of more than one pint of chemicals?

  • 10. Refrigeration units for chemical storage are labeled No Food?

  • 11. Containers are kept closed except during transfers?

  • 12. Containers are clearly labeled with entire chemical name(s)?

  • 13. Containers are compatible with the chemical?

  • 14. Lab check-out procedures for departing lab workers are in place to avoid long-term storage of abandoned chemicals?

F. Flammables

  • 1. Flammables are stored in flammable liquid storage cabinet for more than 10 gallons per room?

  • 2. Refrigeration units containing flammables are approved for flammables storage?

  • 3. Flammables are separated from oxidizers?

  • 4. Flammable liquids are not stored near ignition sources?

G. Compressed Gases

  • 1. Storage quantities are minimized?

  • 2. Cylinders are secured from tipping by a chain or strap?

  • 3. Cylinder carts are used for transport?

  • 4. Protective valve caps are in place?

  • 5. Empty or unused gas cylinders are promptly returned to supplier?

H. Waste Disposal

  • 1. Containers are kept closed except during transfer of materials?

  • 2. Containers are labeled with the UT Hazardous Waste label?

  • 3. Constituents of the waste on the container label are described with complete chemical name?

  • 4. Hazardous waste storage area is labeled with yellow Hazardous Waste Storage Area sign?

  • 5. Separate disposal containers are available for broken glass?

  • 6. Containers are compatible with waste?

I. Fume Hood

  • 1. Each chemical fume hood has been surveyed?

  • 2. Fume hood vents (baffles) are unobstructed?

  • 3. Fume hoods are used with sash in appropriate position?

J. Awareness: Do laboratory workers know

  • 1. what to do in the event of an emergency, such as fire, injury, including evacuation routes

  • 2. how to clean up chemical spills

  • 3. the location /contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • 4. the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the lab

  • 5. what an MSDS is and where to find them and other safety information

  • 6. what type of personal protective equipment to use and when to use it

  • 7. what to do with chemical waste

  • 8. what are the most hazardous materials you use and what precautions to take

  • 9. if any of the materials used in the lab are carcinogens, highly toxic agents or reproductive toxins. If so, have you completed a prior approval form?

  • 10. where and how to use emergency equipment, such as safety showers and eyewash stations

  • 11. to question unfamiliar visitors in the lab

  • 12. if anyone in the laboratory is conducting unauthorized research activities

K. General Laboratory Conditions

  • 1. Is the laboratory space organized and free from clutter or potentially unsafe working conditions?

  • 2. Is the space free of any visible mold growth?

  • 3. Current storage conditions do not present a fire hazard and do not block sprinkler systems?

  • 4. Is the area free from any other recognized hazards?

L. Corrective Actions

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M. Web Links

  • *Note: the link will open below - watch for hand symbol while hovering over link with mouse cursor

  • UTIA Safety Office

    https://safety.ag.utk.edu/

    https://safety.ag.utk.edu/

  • Laboratory Safety Training

    https://extol.tennessee.edu/people/login/index.php

    https://extol.tennessee.edu/people/login/index.php

N. Safety Office Representative Performing Inspection

  • Safety Office

O. Responsible Laboratory Representative (PI or designee)

  • I have reviewed the above findings and agree to the recommended corrective actions. I will ensure the corrective actions are completed in a timely manner.

  • Laboratory Representative

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