• Emergency door card present with NFPA fire diamond, cautions signs and up to date.

  • Emergency contact number(s) of PI and other laboratory members provided to Department Manager.

  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Chemical/Biological Hygiene Plan readily available.

  • Laboratory's chemical inventory available and updated annually.

  • Employees trained in the OSHA Lab Safety Standard and lab specific hazards associated with lab.

  • Training records available.

Egress and Housekeeping

  • Laboratory doors closed, unless held open using automatic release device.

  • Entry/exit pathways free of debris, waste, spills, excess supplies, unobstructed and free of trip hazards.

  • Laboratory furniture suitable, and can be wiped clean (no cloth).

  • Working surfaces free of debris, waste, spills, excess supplies or other tripping hazards.

  • Food, drink, or cosmetic items are not stored or used in the laboratory

  • Glass and other "sharps" disposed of in puncture resistant containers.

  • Out of service equipment clearly marked inoperable and awaiting disposal or repair.

Emergency Equipment

  • Eyewash stations operational, inspected, and flushed weekly.

  • Safety shower not obstructed and has been tested within the past six months.

  • Eyewashes, emergency showers, fire extinguishers, and electrical control panels accessible and unobstructed.

  • Sprinkler heads free from obstructions. Equipment, supplies, and furniture shall not be place within 18 inches radius of ceiling/sprinkler heads.

  • Fire extinguishers fully charged, wall mounted, contain designated sign, and have been inspected within the last year.

  • First aid kit present. accessible and adequately supplied.

  • Emergency exit and floor maps posted.

  • Chemical spill kit readily available and adequate for the work being performed.

  • Non explosion proof refrigerators/freezers labeled with a “Do Not Store Flammable Chemicals” sticker.

  • Emergency phone available with the emergency phone numbers posted.

Chemical Safety

  • All chemicals stored according to compatibility (flammable, corrosive, toxic or reactive).

  • Containers labeled to identify contents and any applicable hazard warnings.

  • Stored chemical containers kept closed, not leaking and in good condition.

  • Containers kept closed except during transfer.

  • Flammable liquids stored in flammable cabinets, away from sources of heat, direct sunlight and ignition sources?

  • Does the flammable storage cabinet contains sign “Flammable Keep Fire Away”?

Hazardous Waste

  • Waste storage area designated.

  • Hazardous chemicals stored at or below eye level.

  • Waste containers properly labeled with NSU Yellow Waste Labels”.

  • Hazardous wastes stored away from drains and in secondary containment.

  • Waste labels visible and legible.

  • Waste containers compatible with waste being stored.

  • Waste containers kept closed except when adding waste.

  • Waste generators receive initial and annual online hazardous waste training.

  • Waste containers free from rust.

  • Waste containers dated with accumulation start dates.

Compressed Gasses

  • Compressed gas cylinders properly labeled.

  • Compressed gas cylinders adequately secured and stored by compatibility.

  • Flammable gas stored at a distance of 20 feet or greater from Oxygen.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Lab coats required by all personnel when a chemical hazard exists.

  • Reusable PPE maintained and stored in clean and serviceable condition.

  • Safety glasses/splash goggles required to be worn by everyone in the laboratory when a splash hazard exists.

  • Opened toed shoes prohibited in the laboratory.

  • Personal protective equipment and commercial lab coat laundering services provided to lab personnel.

Ventilation and Engineering Controls

  • Fume hoods annually certified and labeled with a current inspection sticker.

  • Fume hoods equipped with a device in order to ascertain the operational status of the chemical fume hood.

  • Chemical fume hoods kept clean and not used for storage of equipment or chemicals.

  • Chemical fume hood sash at or below the certified height level.


  • Access to the lab limited.

  • Biological safety cabinet have current certification.

  • Needles and sharps disposed of in rigid, puncture-resistant, leak-proof containers.

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training attended annually by researchers working with blood, specimens, and/or cells.

  • Chairs covered with a non-fabric material that can easily be decontaminated.

  • Sharps containers not over full (3/4).

  • Procedures involving the manipulation of infectious materials that may generate an aerosol are conducted within a Biosafety Cabinet or other physical containment devices.

  • Autoclave checked monthly with a spore test and autoclave indicator tape placed in bag center before autoclaving.

  • Materials to be decontaminated outside of the immediate laboratory placed in a durable, leak proof container and secured for transport.

  • Biowaste Containers labeled with the biohazard symbols.

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