A. Documentation (Door Placards, CHP & Training)

Is a door placard posted?

Are potential biohazards present?

Are potential chemical hazards present?

Are potential radioactive hazards present?

Are potential physical hazards present (i.e. Electrical or mechanical)?

Was the door placard accurate and up to date?

A written Chemical Hygiene Plan is available in the laboratory?

Documentation of general lab safety training is available?

Documentation of lab-specific training on SOPs is available?

Documentation of Hazardous Communication (HazCom) with GHS training is available?

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

B. 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?

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

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?

C. 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.)

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

Circuit breaker panels are unobstructed?

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

Pressurized equipment or equipment under vacuum is being operated and kept in a safe state?

D. Chemical Labeling, Storage & Tranport

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

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

Containers are kept closed except during transfers?

Chemical storage cabinets are properly labeled?

Shelving is adequate for supported loads and large/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 oxidizes, corrosives and metal containers/cabinets, oxidizing acids and organic acids.)

Storage quantities are minimized?

Corrosives are not stored above eye level?

If more than 10 gallons of flammable liquids are present, they are stored in a flammable liquid storage cabinet?

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?

Storage of chemicals is limited on lab benches and other work areas (e.g. Chemical fume hoods)

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"?

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

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

E. Compressed Gases

Storage quantities are minimized?

Cylinders are secured from tipping by a chain or strap?

Cylinder carts are used for transport?

Protective valve caps are in place?

Empty or unused gas cylinders are promptly returned to supplier?

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

F. Hazardous Waste Management

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

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?

G. 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).

Fume hoods are used with the sash in appropriate position?

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

H. Personal Protective Equipment

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

Personnel have been trained and 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)

I. Awareness: Do laboratory workers know

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

Location of and how to use emergency equipment, such as safety showers and eyewash stations

how to clean up chemical spills and when to seek help?

the location /contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan?

Who the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the lab is?

what an MSDS or SDS is and where to find them and other safety information

what the most hazardous materials used in the lab are and what precautions to take?

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?

to question unfamiliar visitors in the lab for security reasons.

J. Potential improvements or General Comments

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K. Web Links

Environmental Health and Safety website

EHS Safety Manual (policies)

L. Safety Office Representative Performing Inspection

Environmental Health & Safety Representative:

M. Responsible Laboratory Representative (PI or designee)

I have reviewed the above findings and agree to the recommended improvements. I will ensure these are attended in a timely manner.

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.