3.1 Laboratory facilities (general)

  • Access to laboratory is restricted to appropriate personnel

  • Appropriate PPE is available and in use (minimum PPE includes safety glasses, laboratory coat or gown and closed toe shoes)

  • Safe work procedures are displayed next to equipment

  • Warning signs for radiation, biological or other hazards are prominently posted

  • Food and drink are not stored or consumed in laboratories

3.2 Housekeeping

  • Benches only occupied by chemicals/equipment "in use"

  • Storage of items on floors is kept to a minimum

  • Storage of heavy items above shoulder heights is avoided

  • Aisles / exits clear

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

  • Spill procedures are clearly displayed

3.3 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 labelled 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

3.4 Electrical equipment

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

  • There are sufficient general 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

3.5 Special equipment

3.5.1 Refrigerators / freezers / cool rooms

  • Refrigerators, freezers, cool rooms are appropriately labelled (eg intrinsically safe)

  • Freezers and cool rooms have well maintained emergency door releases

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

  • Seals on doors are in good condition

3.5.2 Fume cupboards

  • Fume cupboards are appropriate for the type of hazard (ie radiation, biological, etc)

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

  • 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 whe 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

3.5.3 Biosafety cabinets

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

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

3.6 Chemicals (general)

3.6.1 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)

  • Unattended reactions are clearly labelled

3.6.2 Labelling of chemicals

  • Chemicals in use or storage labelled clearly and unambiguously

  • All reused containers have label removed or completely covered

  • Decanted chemicals are labelled

3.6.3 Chemical storage

3.6.3.1 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

3.6.3.2 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

3.6.3.2 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

3.7 Chemicals (specific)

3.7.1 Compressed & fuel gases

  • All the cylinders inside the room are connected for use (ie 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

3.7.1 Cryogenic lquids

  • Cryogenic liquids are located In well ventilated areas

  • Containers used for cryogenic liquids are designed for that purpose

3.8 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

3.9 Ionising radiation hazards

3.9.1 unsealed sources

  • Documentmented 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 (ie 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

3.9.2 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

3.9.2 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

3.10 Ultraviolet radiation

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

  • Appropriate PPE is available (ie additional skin and eye protection may be required

3.11 Lasers

  • Access to Class 3 and Class 4 lasers is controlled

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

  • Aopropriate 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

3.12 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

  • Ther 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

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