Door Placards

Is a door placard posted?

Is the door placard accurate and up to date?

Chemical Labeling, Storage & Transport

Containers are clearly labeled

Containers are compatible with the chemical (e.g. No food containers)

Containers are kept closed.

Labeled chemical cabinets are true to their contents.

Heavy containers are stored on lower shelves

Chemicals of different hazard classes are segregated to avoid incompatible chemical and conditions (e.g. flammable liquids and oxidizers, corrosives and metal containers/cabinets, oxidizing acids and organic acids.)

Corrosives are not stored above eye level

Refrigeration units containing flammables are approved for flammables storage

If pyrophorics or air/water reactive solids are present, proper PPE, firefighting measures, administrative, and engineering controls are in proper use

Materials with short shelf lives are dated and disposed of per supplier's recommendations

Refrigeration units and/or microwaves for chemical storage and processing are labeled "Not for Food"

Hazardous Waste Management

Containers are compatible with waste

Containers are kept closed except during transfer of materials

Containers are labeled with the official UT Hazardous Waste label

Constituents are described with complete chemical name

Hazardous waste storage area is labeled with yellow Hazardous Waste Storage Area sign

Fume Hood

Each chemical fume hood has been surveyed for proper airflow

Fume hood vents are unobstructed

Fume hood is not overloaded (e.g. Large equipment or excessive storage).

Sash glass is clean and maintained to have a clear visual path to work being done

Compressed Gases

Storage quantities are minimized

Cylinders are secured from tipping by a chain or strap

Protective valve caps are in place

All cylinders including lecture bottles, if present, are stored upright

Does safety manifold have a restrictive orifice and a pressure relief valve?

Equipment & Physical Hazards

Flexible cords and other electrical equipment are in good condition

All electrical equipment is being used according to its design and approved use (e.g. Circuits are not overloaded. Power strips are not daisy-chained. Extension cords are not running through ceiling tiles, behind heavy movable objects or through walls.)

Circuit breaker panels are unobstructed

Machines, instruments and tools have access panels/guards are in place

General Work Environment

Is the space organized and free from clutter or potentially unsafe working conditions?

Current storage conditions do not present a fire hazard and do not block sprinkler systems

Fire extinguisher is mounted on the wall and access is not blocked by equipment or supplies

Emergency eyewash and shower are accessible

Aisles are uncluttered and are without tripping hazards

All exits are unobstructed

Is the area free from any other recognized hazards?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Appropriate equipment (such as gloves, safety glasses, goggles) is available and in functional condition

PPE is being worn correctly in the laboratory (check N/A if no work is being performed at time of inspection)

PPE is being stored properly to guard against contamination or damage

Are respirators used? (Not scored)

Are respirators used as part of a respiratory protection program? (Not scored)

Is hearing protection used? (Not scored)

Is a hearing protection used as part of a hearing conservation program? (Not scored)

Personnel Knowledge and Practices

Do lab personnel know what to do in the event of an emergency, such as fire, injury, including evacuation routes?

Do lab personnel know the location of and how to use emergency equipment, such as safety showers and eyewash stations?

Emergency eyewash stations are tested weekly to ensure operation by lab personnel

Secondary containers and carts when necessary are used during transport of more than one liter of chemicals or for particularly hazardous chemicals

Do lab personnel know how to clean up chemical spills and when to seek help?

Fume hoods are used with the sash in appropriate position

Cylinder carts are used for transport

Empty or unused gas cylinders are promptly returned to supplier

A written Chemical Hygiene Plan is available in the laboratory

Do lab personnel know who the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the lab is?

Do lab personnel know what an MSDS or SDS is and where to find them and other safety information?

Has the lab submitted to EHS a current chemical inventory in the last calendar year?

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


Documentation of general lab safety training is available

Documentation of Hazard Communication (HazCom) with GHS training is available

All personnel who generate or handle hazardous waste have had hazardous waste training

Personnel have been trained and PPE Training Certification Forms are available for review (not scored)

Documentation of lab-specific training on SOPs is available (not scored)

Potential improvements or General Comments

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Web Links

EHS Web Page

EHS Safety Manual

Lab Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan Template

Safety Office Representative Performing Inspection

Environmental Health & Safety Representative:

Responsible Laboratory Representative (PI or designee)

I am aware that this Laboratory Safety Survey has been conducted and will participate in addressing corrective actions as appropriate to my position and level of authority.

Laboratory Representative
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.