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 fire hose reels regularly checked?

  • 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?

  • Are all lights working & lighting levels suitable for tasks?

  • Is ventilation adequate?

  • Are there acceptable atmospheric contamination levels (fumes, dust, vapours)?

Chemical Safety

  • Are all hazardous chemicals in the lab entered into GoldFFX?

  • Are all chemicals and containers correctly labelled?

  • Are chemicals stored in compatible containers?

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

Radiation Safety

  • Are Radiation source registers kept in a secure place ?

  • Are specific areas designated for radiation procedures?

  • Do laboratory designs comply with relevant Aust. Standard requirements & NHMRC guidelines?

  • Is appropriate monitoring equipment readily available?

  • Is adequate & sufficient shielding provided?

  • Are absorbent materials available to contain spills?

  • Is radioactive material securely stored?

  • Are radioactive waste/storage procedures in place?

  • Do all laboratory personnel have ready access to Safety Data Sheets?

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?

  • Are circuit breakers & main isolators clearly marked?

  • 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?

  • Is an appropriate fire extinguisher i.e., CO2 or dry powder available adjacent to any electrical switchboard?

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?

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