1. Laboratory Classification- Requirement to complete an additional checklist.

  • Does this laboratory have an OGTR,PC or QC classification?
    If so an additional inspection checklist must be completed to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
    other checklists available for specific laboratories:
    OGTR PC2 Laboratory Checklist
    OGTR PC2 Constant temperature room checklist
    OGTR PC2 Arthropod Facility checklist
    OGTR PC2 Plant Facility Checklist
    OGTR PC2 Animal Facility checklist
    OGTR PC2 Aquatic Organism checklist


1.1 Background information for the auditor

  • Are there any outstanding OHS issues arising from previous audits of this laboratory that have not been addressed
    If so make a note at the appropriate audit question that this is an ongoing .You may attach additional information to the report.

2.1 Emergency Procedures

  • Emergency procedures and floor plans are clearly displayed.

  • Occupants are aware of emergency procedures
    Note: Are there specific emergency procedures for this laboratory? Are occupants aware of the emergency procedures? (exposure to HF, low oxygen alarm, quenching of liquid nitrogen into laboratory, chemical spill)

  • Emergency contacts are clearly displayed and current.

  • Emergency exits are clear.

  • Emergency lighting is provided in:
    - areas a where there is no natural lighting
    - escape routes, including stairwells
    - public areas

2.2 Egress and evacuation

  • Exit doors are marked and clearly visible

  • Exit doors can be opened from the inside ( no padlocks)

  • Exit corridors and doors are clear of obstructions, including stored materials or equipment.

  • Exit ladders and catwalks are clear of obstructions

  • Exit lights are provided, including directional indicators where required

2.3 First aid

  • A first Aid kit is available

  • Lists of trained First Aiders and contact numbers are displayed and current

  • Kits are inspected on a regular basis

  • Cabinets and contents are clean and properly stocked.
    List date of last check.

2.4 Fire extinguishers

  • Fire extinguishers are readily accessible in easy to see locations.

  • Fire extinguishers have been inspected and tagged within the last six months.
    List the date of last inspection as noted on the tag.

  • Overhead sprinkler/detectors are clear of obstructions and clear of obvious visible damage.

2.5 Floors and aisles

  • The floor surface is even ( no cracks or holes), openings in the floor are protected

  • The area is free of tripping hazards.
    Floors and aisles are clear of rubbish, materials and equipment.
    No electrical cords are lying across walkways

  • There is sufficient width of aisles for movement ( at least 1 M clearance )

  • There are no worn or broken treads on stairs.

  • Hand rails are in good repair

  • Non-skid strips on stairs are in good condition

  • Landings are clear of obstructions

  • Emergency exit stairs are adequately lit

  • There is no storage of materials or equipment in emergency exit stairs

2.6 Environment

  • Lighting levels are sufficient and not excessive for general tasks, movement throughout the workplace and for tasks that that have specific lighting requirements

  • Glare from both external and internal light is controlled

  • Light fittings including diffusers, reflectors, tubes, bulbs, are clean and in good condition

  • Noise exposures is prevented
    where these is noisy equipment or processes a noise survey has been conducted to ascertain required controls (including substitution, isolation, & hearing protection)
    Contact the OHS consultant to request a noise assessment if required.

  • General ventilation , temperature and humidity in the area appear sufficient

2.7 Handling and storage of material

  • Mechanical aids or equipment are available for handling materials

  • Materials are stored on shelves or in storage rooms as appropriate.

  • Heavy items are not stored above shoulder height

  • Storage material is secured to prevent shifting/falling.

  • Storage units are free of rubbish and properly secured

  • Storage units are properly constructed and secured to prevent shifting/falling

  • Storage rooms are neat and tidy

  • Adequate storage is proved for PPE

3.1 Laboratory facilities (general)

  • Access to the laboratory is restricted to appropriate personnel

  • Appropriate PPP is available and in use ( lab coat, safety glasses, fully enclosed footwear)
    Note: Check if any other PPE is used in the lab. Is it appropriate for the tasks conducted?

  • Safe work procedures have been prepared for hazardous equipment, chemicals and processed and are readily available ( e.g posted next to equipment,in lab safety folder)

  • Adequate washing facilities are provided

  • Food and drink are not stored r consumed in the laboratory

  • Warning signs for radiation, biological or other hazards are prominently displayed and in good condition.

  • Spill kits, supplies and decontamination material are available for the hazards present.

  • Spill procedures are clearly displayed.

  • Appropriate PPE is available and in use

3.2 Waste management

  • All waste is disposed of appropriately

  • Hazardous or EPA prescribed wastes contained within bunded areas that do not drain to storm water or sewer

  • Hazardous waste is clearly labeled with waste description, biohazard symbols if required and date produced. The waste label Includes the waste generator contact details (name, department/school/unit and contact number) and if the waste has had any on-site treatment or testing

  • Wastes are segregated according to hazard, treatment requirements and to optimize recycling opportunities

  • Wastes are stored in "fit for purpose" containers that are able to withstand storage conditions and transport

  • Wastes are stored at appropriate temperatures

  • There are sufficient and appropriate waste disposal containers

  • Wastes are disposed of regularly and volumes are kept to a minimum

3.3 Electrical equipment

  • Laboratory equipment, including cords and leads, are in a good working order

  • There are sufficient general purpose outlets (GPOs) for the equipment

  • Double adapters and piggy-back plugs are not in use

  • Extension leads are only used for temporary, short-term power connections

  • Power boards with overload protection are used if sufficient GPOs are not available

  • Fittings are protected against external damage

  • Equipment and appliances are earthed or double insulated. Look for the double insulated symbol on the specification plate

  • Equipment that may be left on unattended has a manually resetting oven-temperature cut-off switch fitted

  • Electrical equipment is tested at appropriate intervals

3.4 .Special equipment

3.4.1 Refrigerators / freezers / cool rooms,

  • Seals on doors are in good condition

  • Refrigerators, freezers, cool rooms are appropriately labelled

  • Freezers and cool rooms have well maintained emergency door releases

3.4.2 Fume cupboards

  • Fume cupboards are appropriate for the type of hazard (i.e. radiation, biological)

  • The fume cupboard is used with the sash at or below the recommended height

  • Flammable liquids are only stored in fridge/freezers that are intrinsically safe

  • The leading edge of the fume cupboard is clear of equipment and other items

  • The area behind the main work area is clear

  • The fume cupboard is free of clutter and large equipment

  • The doors and windows within 1m of the cupboard are closed when the cupboard is used

  • Emergency switches are clearly identified for power and gas supply

  • The fume cupboard has been inspected and certified within the last 12 months

3.4.3 Biosafety cabinets

  • The Biosafety cabinet is clean and free of clutter ( i.e. routine cleaning performed recently)

  • The Biosafety cabinet has been inspected and certified within the past 12 months

3.5 Chemicals (general)

3.5.1 Chemical management

  • A register of chemicals is available

  • MSDS are available for chemicals

  • Documented risk assessments are available for chemical use

  • Carriers are available for large containers (>2L)

3.5.2 Labelling of chemicals

  • Unattended reactions are clearly labelled

  • Chemicals in use or storage labelled clearly and unambiguously

  • All reused containers have label removed or completely covered

  • Decanted chemicals are labelled

3.5.3 Chemical storage

3.5.3.1 Storage on open shelves

  • All containers are <5kg or 5L

  • On shelves >1.5m high all glass containers are <1kg or 1L

  • The shelving is chemically resistant to the chemicals stored

3.5.3.2 Storage in fire-proof cabinets

  • All containers in cabinets are <25 L in size

  • The self-closing mechanisms of the door are operating correctly

  • Incompatible chemicals stored in the same cabinet have separate spill containers

3.5.3.2 Storage in ventilated cupboards

  • All containers in cupboard are <2 kg or 25L in size

  • Incompatible chemicals stored in the same cabinet have separate spill containment

  • Ventilation is sufficient to prevent build up of offensive odors

3.6 Chemicals (specific)

3.6.1 Compressed & fuel gases

  • All the cylinders inside the room are connected for use ( no laboratory storage)

  • Gas cylinders are each securely chained with individual chains secured around the body of the cylinder and the chain ends attached to 2 separate securing points

  • Cylinders, pipes & valves are protected from mechanical damage

  • Strength of hoses and clamps attached to gas cylinder regulators are sufficient for maximum regulator delivery pressure

  • Flashback arresters are used I fuel gas supply lines

  • Non-return (check) valves are fitted to all processes that exceed cylinder pressure

  • There is a cylinder trolley available for carrying cylinders

3.6.2 Cryogenic liquids

  • Cryogenic liquids are located In well ventilated areas

  • Containers used for cryogenic liquids are designed for that purpose

3.7 Biological hazards

  • Documented risk assessments for use of biological hazards are available

  • Laboratory doors are closed when work is in progress

  • Hand washing facilities are available

  • Biological material are clearly labelled, dated and appropriately stored

  • Appropriate disinfectants are available

  • Appropriate waste handling procedures are in place (autoclaving, disinfecting etc.)

  • Biohazardous wastes and sharps bins are provided, where necessary

  • Separate facilities are provided for animal storage, cleaning, examination etc.

  • No items are stored on the floor

3.8 Ionising radiation hazards

3.8.1 unsealed sources

  • Documented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of ionizing radiation are available

  • Work surfaces are impervious (wooden benches and tiled surfaces are unsuitable)

  • Hand washing facilities are available

  • Appropriate shielding material is available

  • Secondary containment is available and utilized (i.e. spill trays)

  • All sources of ionizing radiation are labelled and stored in secure locations

  • All storage locations of ionizing radiation are labelled

  • Appropriate monitoring equipment is available

  • Decontamination/emergency procedures are clearly displayed

3.8.2 Sealed Sources

  • Documentmented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of ionizing radiation are available

  • Appropriate shielding material is available

  • Hand washing facilities are available

  • All sources of ionizing radiation are labelled and stored in secure locations

  • All sources of ionizing radiation are labelled and stored in secure locations

  • All storage locations of ionizing radiation are labelled

  • Appropriate monitoring equipment is available

  • Sealed radiation sources are maintained in good condition

3.8.3 x-ray apparatus or sealed apparatus

  • Documentmented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of ionizing radiation are available

  • Appropriate shielding material is available

  • Appropriate monitoring equipment is available

  • Appropriate fail-safe devices to prevent accidental exposure are in place

  • Appropriate Labelling (including registration labels) are in place

3.9 Ultraviolet radiation

  • Appropriate shielding &/or interlocks are in place (eg interlocks on germicidal lamps; and protective shields on transilluminators)

  • Appropriate PPE is available (i.e. additional skin and eye protection may be required)

3. 10 Lasers

  • Access to Class 3 and Class 4 lasers is controlled

  • Beam stops are installed and access to the beam is restricted

  • Appropriate fail-safe devices to prevent accidental exposure are in place

  • Documented risk assessments and safe work procedures for use of lasers are available

  • Warning signs are clearly displayed

  • Wavelength-specific eye protection is available for laser operators

4.0 Environmental issues

  • Chemical containers are cleaned prior to Recycling or disposal
    - triple rinsed with labels and lids removed before placement in the bottle and can recycling bins
    - containers with oily or persistent residues are washed with detergent and labels removed before placing in the bottle and can recycling bins

  • Contaminated glassware that is not cleaned as above is treated as prescribed industrial waste

  • There is no evidence of incorrect disposal down sinks, staining, odorous sinks etc.

  • There are no odours, dust or smoke in area

  • All service areas, where chemicals are used and silenced or where wastes are stored are suitably bunded/protected from leakage into storm water or sewer drains

  • All electrical equipment, including computers. Are switched off when appropriate

  • Lights out stickers are placed on light switches

5.0 Risk Management

  • Documented risk assessments are in place for all work procedures, including work involving chemicals, biologicals, manual handling, ergonomics, machinery and equipment

  • Risk assessments have been reviewed within the last three years

  • Risk assessments have been transferred online to SARAH and all hard copy risk assessments are no longer in use

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