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:

  • Signature

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

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