Audit

Administrative and Miscellaneous

Are laboratory safety behaviours consistent with organisational expectations?

Are SOPs or safe working rules specific to the laboratory developed and implemented?

Are risk assessment completed for all equipment?

Are all risk assessments on the schools WHS sharepoint or on Myosh?

Are staff trained or instructed on the SOPs and lab safety rules?

Are records kept of personnel trained or instructed, maintenance & servicing, and testing of equipment?

Is the signage on the laboratory door or entrance correct, adequate and up to date.

Have all current staff/students working in this lab undertaken the specific lab induction.

Are floors clean, dry, and free from slip/trip hazards?

Housekeeping

Is shelving stable, free of extraneous material and not too high?

Is the workplace free from accumulation of equipment, redundant chemicals, contaminated waste or rubbish?

Are chemical storage facilities in good condition?

Are walkways free of obstruction?

Fire

Are all fire extinguishers/equipment suitable, appropriately located, mounted and identified?

Are all fire extinguishers regularly checked?

Visually, do the fire sprinklers and/or detector heads appear free from damage?

Are there an adequate number of trained emergency evacuation officers?

Entry and Exits

Are exits and corridors free from obstruction?

Are exit signs illuminated and clearly visible?

Is there an adequate number of exits?

Are all exit doors unlocked?

Is emergency lighting installed?

Environmental

Are users aware of waste disposal procedures of chemicals and regular collection of chemical waste?

Are staff trained in environmentally sound waste disposal procedures?

Are all waste containers appropriately labelled with Class Diamonds?

Is waste segregated and stored correctly bunded away from drains?

Is there evident that waste is not tipped down the sink? (unless approved method)

Are all lights working & lighting levels suitable for tasks?

Is ventilation adequate?

Are emergency spill and clean-up kits/bins readily available, stocked properly, correct for the type of spills anticipated?

Chemical Safety

Are all hazardous chemicals in the lab entered into GoldFFX?

Are refrigerators in laboratory environments free of any foods, drinks or other human consumables?

Are chemical registers printed and posted from GoldFFX as appropriate?

Do all laboratory personnel have ready access to Safety Data Sheets through GoldFFX (or hardcopy if necessary)?

Are all chemicals and containers correctly labelled?

Are chemicals stored in compatible containers?

Are chemicals compatible in storage areas? (FFX can assist)

Are stored chemicals bunded and not near drains?

Is WHS12 completed for all laboratory processes involving hazardous chemicals?

Is the area free of any leakage of hazardous chemicals?

Flammable liquids

Are solvents stored in appropriate containers?

Are solvents separated from corrosives?

Are appropriate warning signs on small quantities cabinet?

Are flammables in small quantities stored in a flammables cabinet?

Are dry powder fire extinguishers accessible?

Are flammables, if kept in refrigeration, only stored in suitable purpose-built laboratory fridges or freezers (not in domestic fridges)?

Compressed Gas Cyclinders

Gas name/label on shoulder of each cylinder clearly legible?

Are fuel cylinders separated from oxidising cylinders?

Are cylinders secured by brackets or chains?

Are empty cylinders separate from full cylinders & clearly identified?

Are acetylene cylinders that are not in use stored outside of building?

Are all gas cylinders stored in a well ventilated area?

Are cylinder valves closed when not in use?

Does testing for gas leaks occur?

Electrical Installations

Are power leads in good condition, no trip hazards?

Is in-service inspection, testing & tagging of portable electrical equipment done in accordance with the procedure for Electrical Equipment Inspection and Testing?

Are adequate power points available & unobstructed?

Are switches & power points in good condition (no cracks, loose face plates)?

Are double adaptors or piggy back adaptors avoided?

Is excessive use of extension cords avoided?

Is temporary wiring avoided?

Have electrical ignition sources been controlled in flammable environments (eg intrinsically safe fittings/equipment)?

Are excessive power boards being avoided?

Machinery and Equipment

Are operating instructions/safety signs adequate & clear?

Are safety glasses areas clearly sign posted?

Are machines & equipment free from obstruction?

Is there adequate distance between machines & equipment?

Personal Protective Equipment PPE

Is the correct PPE readily available when required?

Have staff been trained or instructed in correct use, maintenance and storage of PPE?

Is PPE stored and maintained correctly?

First Aid

Are there trained first aid personnel?

Are there first aid kits available and adequately stocked for the types of hazards and level of risk ie chemical burns?

Are first aid personnel identifiable?

Emergency Procedures

Has an evacuation drill taken place in the last 12 months?

Have emergency procedures been established for specific hazardous circumstances including spills?

Are there suitable spill kits available, stocked and identifiable relevant to the area? ie Laboratory Spill Kit, 240L Wheelie Bin

Are staff adequately trained to deal with minor spills?

Are staff aware of response procedures for minor and major spills?

Are emergency plans and contact numbers displayed?

Are regular evacuation drills carried out?

Are emergency manifests established for the area and available in an accessible area to emergency staff?

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.