• Is the Chemical Hygiene Plan accessible in the lab?

  • Have laboratory-specific safety procedures been developed?

  • Are laboratory-specific procedures up to date with current safety information?


  • Have potential hazards been assessed?

  • Is required PPE available and in good condition?

  • Is appropriate PPE being worn?

  • Is there unobstructed access to eyewashes and safety showers?


  • Are exits clearly marked?

  • Are entrances and exits to and from work areas free of obstructions?

  • Are fire extinguishers clear of obstructions?

  • Are fire extinguisher inspections current?

  • Are emergency phone numbers near a phone or outside the door?


  • Are all cords, plugs and sockets in good condition?

  • Are extension cords being used properly and within limitations?

  • Is access to electrical panels unobstructed?

  • Are lab appliances plugged directly into electrical outlets?
    NOTE: UL rated power surge protectors may be used when there is a lack of electrical outlets but extension cords cannot be used as a permanent power supply.



  • Are flammables stored in proper containers?

  • Is the flammable cabinet being used properly?

  • Are flammable liquids stored outside of flammable storage cabinets limited to 10 gallons in quantity and are they stored in approved safety containers?

Compressed Gases

  • Are cylinders stored properly and capped if unused?

  • Are cylinders properly labeled and secured?

  • Are empty cylinders being managed or returned?

Chemical Storage and Labeling

  • Are all chemical containers in good condition (not corroded or leaking)?

  • Are containers labeled appropriately and legibly?

  • Are all chemical containers closed?

  • Are incompatible chemicals segregated when they are being stored?

  • Are chemicals stored on the floor in DOT approved carboys, metal containers or glass containers provided with secondary containment?

  • Are corrosive materials stored below eye level?

  • Are unopened containers of peroxide forming compounds within their manufacturer's expiration date?

  • Are opened peroxide forming compounds labeled with the date they were opened and an expiration date?

Lab Waste Disposal

  • Are outdated and unused chemicals disposed of properly?

  • Are all hazardous waste containers properly sealed and labeled with a "Hazardous Waste Accumulation Tag"?

  • Is there a designated hazardous waste satellite accumulation area?

  • Is infectious/biohazardous waste labeled and stored properly?

  • Are needles and syringes being stored appropriately?

  • Is a puncture resistant container or broken glass receptacle provided and is it safe for custodians to handle?

Chemical Hoods and Ventilation

  • Are chemical fume hoods functioning properly?

  • Does hood chemical storage conflict with its designated use?

  • Is the sash placed in the proper position when not in use?

  • Are processes that emit vapors, gases or fumes adequately captured by local ventilation?


  • Does everyone allowed to use machinery have proper training?

  • Do machine guards permit safe and comfortable operation?

  • Does all machinery or equipment have safeguards in place?

  • Do operators wear appropriate PPE with no loose fitting clothing, hair or jewelry?


  • Does the lab appear to be clean and organized?

  • Is there adequate space to perform work?

  • Are walkways clear of slip and trip hazards?

  • Are walkways free of oil and grease?

  • Are there at least 18 inches of ceiling clearance?

  • Is lab shelving stable and organized?

  • Are defective tools and equipment tagged and removed from service?

  • Are building utilities functioning properly (no water or gas leaks, etc.)?

  • Are lab doors locked when not in use?


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