Audit

1.0 School Responsibility

Fume Cupboards are compliant ( tested within the last 12 months, indicated on front face or sash)

Safety Shower: Compliant ( tested within the last 12 months), stamped on metal tag)

Eye wash: Compliant ( tested within the last 12 months, stamped on metal tag)

Fire Extinguishers: Compliant (tested within the past six months,stamped on metal tag)

2.0 Supervisor and Occupants Responsibility.

An occupants list is posted

( Outside lab and updated six monthly)p

Hazard signs: ( Specific to the lab operations are posted if necessary e.g radiation,biohazard)

Safety glasses: ( Are available for use by visitors and regular lab occupants)

Other appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available and in use.

Fire Extinguishers:( Readily accessible - free path to)

Safety Shower: Readily accessible - free path to

Eye wash is operational: ( Tested recently- preferably less than monthly)

Spill Kits: ( Appropriate to lab needs and especially scale of work)

Risk Assessments: ( Readily available and current)

MSDS'S available: ( Accessible and up to date, less than five years old, may be via cue watch)

Chemical inventories: ( Accessible and current; may be via ChemWatch)

Documents/ Policies: ( Dangerous Goods Load Limits,Storage guidelines clearly displayed and understood)
Most current posters are displayed in the labs.

Other issues-Comments

3.0 Housekeeping

Food and drink: ( Are not stored or consumed in laboratories - look for evidence of non conformance and deal with immediately.

Doorways - Escape Routes and Floors: Clear ( Of clutter and trip hazards e.g boxes , waste containers etc)

Benches: Orderly ( adequate free space available )

Fume Cupboards: ( Free of clutter and large equipment unless unless designated, there are no open waste containers not in use )

Shelves: Orderly with no large , regularly used items above shoulder height)

Other Comments

4.0 Gas Cylinders

Must be in use ( Not stored in the laboratory)

Are correctly secured ( ie individual chains) and protected from damage.

Have correct regulators and fittings ( if cylinders or regulators are greater than 10 years old they need to be checked and tested. See information on neck of cylinder.

There is a cylinder trolley available for use.

Comments

5.0 Pressure vessels

Details available ( ie maximum pressure and operating temperature; hazard class etc)

Safe Working Procedures available

Appropriate testing and maintenance is conducted.

If the pressure vessels are registered with Worksafe , the required inservice inspections are conducted and the licences kept current ( e.g for large autoclaves,air compressors) Provide specific details to the OHS Consultant if not sure to ascertain requirements.

Other Comments

6.0 Electrical Safety

There are sufficient general purpose power outlets (GPO'S) for the equipment.

Double adapters and piggy back plugs are not in use. ( banned from use at Monash)

Portable electrical equipment has been tested and tagged within the last 12 months)

Refrigerators and freezers :(All electrics are on the outside)

Other issues

7.0 chemical Storage and labelling.

Storage on open shelving: All containers are less than 5 kg or L in size.

On shelves greater than 1.5 m high all glass containers are less than 1 kg or L size

All containers in cupboards are less than 4 kg or L in size.


Flammables Cabinet: The self closing mechanism do the doors are operating correctly.

Contents of the Flammables cabinets are with its load limits ( 100 L max for 4 person lab ca 60 Sq M)

Not more than 10 L of class 3 , flammable liquid is to be stored on open shelves / lab ( 60 sq M)

Corrosive chem: DG Class 8 - Are stored in a corrosives cabinet or vented cabinet.

Decanted chemicals:
No food containers are in use for the storage of chemicals.
Are properly labelled ,segregated and stored.
All reused containers have the label removed or completely covered.

Within fridges-freezers-vent cab:
Segregated,properly labelled, secondary containment.

Highly dangerous chemicals/ time/temperature sensitive chemicals are monitored to ensure they do not deteriorate or are kept past expiry date ( discuss with lab supervisor)

Other DG Classes e.g 4.3,5.1,6.1:
Are correctly stored and within load limits.

Smelly/highly odorous compounds:
stored in ventilated cupboard or refrigerator as appropriate.

Non Hazardous chemicals:
Correct labelling and Container size less than 4 kg.

Cryogenic liquids: ( Liquid Nitrogen,helium)
Are stored in an appropriate container; If container s greater than 60 L , a Low oxygen monitor is in the lab.
Ensure adequate floor protection.
Users have received training in safe handling. ( ask occupants/supervisor)


Biohazardous materials:
Are appropriately isolated as required
Correct labelling
Appropriate disinfectants are available
Appropriate safe work instructions are in use for biosafety/biosecurity ( autoclave, chemical disinfection,decontamination)

Controlled Substances: ( Poisons, Drugs,Precursors)
Permits and procedures are in order and they are properly secured. ( e.g.locked cupboard)

Others Comments

8.0 Waste Management:

Wastes are disposed of regularly and volumes are kept to a minimum.
Note: Request prompt action if there s evidence of a build up of waste in the laboratory.

Hazardous waste is clearly labelled with the waste description,biohazard symbol if required and date.

Correct DG class, adequate labelling and in proper container. ( 10 L max for liquids)

Biohazardous waste and sharps: ( In correct container and properly labelled)

More Comments

9.0 Distillation set ups:

Operating procedure is available
Clearly labelled
Water/power cut off switches are present

Others issues

10.0 Ionising radiation hazards
10.1 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

10.2 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

10.3 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

11.0 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

12.0 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

13.0 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

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

Comments

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.