Science Laboratories


  • Do the lab staff have access to the current version of the Notre Dame Laboratory Safety Manual?

  • Do all lab personnel have access to written SOPs that document safety procedures?

  • Do all lab staff know how and when to report accidents, incidents, or near-misses?

  • Is food and drink prohibited in laboratory areas?


  • Are emergency contact numbers for lab staff, including after hours emergency contact numbers, posted within the laboratory?

  • Is a lab hazard caution sign posted and current?

  • Is a bio-safety sign posted when agents are in use?

  • Are additional hazard warning signs (laser, magnetic fields, high voltage, etc.) posted in the lab near the hazard?

  • Is a laboratory floor plan as described in the Laboratory Safety Manual posted?

Hazard Communication

  • Has the lab's chemical inventory been reviewed and updated within the last year?

  • Can all lab staff readily access an MSDS/SDS either digitally or by hard copy?

  • Are all containers clearly labeled with their contents and primary hazard(s)?


Emergency Kits

  • Does the laboratory have access to chemical/biological spill kits?

  • Do lab staff have access to a fully stocked first aid kit?

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Has a PPE hazard assessment been completed for all laboratory activities?

  • Have all lab personnel and students completed PPE training?

  • Are safety googles and lab coats required for all lab activities?

  • Is additional PPE required for task specific lab activities (chemical resistant gloves, face shield, respirators, etc.)?

  • If respirators are being used, have personnel and students been fit tested?

Emergency Eyewash/Shower

  • Are eyewashes and showers easily accessible in each laboratory?

  • Are eyewashes and showers routinely flushed?


  • Are processes that emit vapors, gasses, or fumes adequately captured by local ventilation?

  • Are fume hoods kept uncluttered and are rear ventilation slots within the hood unblocked/covered?

Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • Are chemical waste containers in good condition and compatible with their contents?

  • Are chemical waste containers kept closed?

  • Are incompatible chemical wastes segregated by hazard class?

  • Are all chemical waste containers labeled?

  • Is lab glass placed in sturdy cardboard boxes that are labeled "BROKEN GLASS"?

Chemical Storage

  • Are flammable chemicals stored in an approved flammable storage cabinet?

  • Are hazardous materials dated, rotated, inventoried annually, and disposed of properly?

  • Are all chemical containers in good condition (no corrosion or leaking)?

  • Are all chemical containers kept closed?

  • Are incompatible chemicals segregated when they are being stored?

  • Are chemicals stored per a recognized system (i.e.: Flinn)?

  • Are chemicals stored on shelves below eye level?

  • Are chemicals stored on shelves with abrasive surfaces or lips to prevent spills?

Compressed Gas Cylinders

  • Are highly toxic gas cylinders stored in a gas cabinet, ventilated enclosure, or fume hood?

  • Are incompatible compressed gas cylinders segregated?

  • Are gas cylinder valve protection caps in place for gas cylinders not in active use?

  • Are compressed gas cylinders secured to prevent them from falling or tipping?


  • Is the lab free of slip and trip hazards?

  • Is the lab adequately organized, orderly, and clean to provide sufficient work space for operations without spills, accidents, and other preventable incidents?

  • Is there minimal glassware stored in the sink or on the bench top?

  • Are lab coats regularly laundered?

Fire Safety

  • Are fire extinguishers available, easily accessible, and free of obstructions?

  • Are the appropriate class of fire extinguishers provided for the lab activities (Class B for Flammable Liquids, Class D for Metals, etc.)?

  • Is a fire blanket provided in the lab room?


  • Are all hazardous pieces of machinery mounted or secured to prevent movement or tipping?

  • Are all points of operation, rotating components, and other moving parts of machinery properly guarded to prevent injury?

  • Is laboratory equipment with potential hazards routinely inspected and maintained or serviced as recommended?

Facilities Department

General Work Environment

  • Are all work sites clean and orderly? (Include pictures).

  • Are all work areas adequately illuminated?

  • Are covered metal waste cans used for oily and paint soaked waste?

  • Are all hand and power tools stored properly and kept in good condition?

  • Are flammable liquids and chemicals stored properly and kept in a reasonable quantity?

  • Are fire extinguishers easily accessible and fully charged?

  • Are aisles and walkways that pass near moving or operating machinery arranges so employees are not subjected to hazards?

  • Are materials and equipment stored in such a way that protuberances do not interfere with the walkway?

  • Are materials and equipment stored in such a way that they cannot shift or fall?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Are approved safety glasses required to be worn at all times in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions, or burns?

  • Does the facility have adequate eye wash stations in areas where there is a risk of eye injuries?

  • Are protective gloves, aprons, shields, or other means provided to protect against cuts, corrosive liquids, and chemicals?

  • Are hard hats provided and worn where there is a danger of falling objects?

  • Are hard hats inspected periodically for damage to the shell and suspension system?

  • Is appropriate foot protection required where there is a risk of foot injuries?

  • Is all PPE maintained and stored in a sanitary condition and ready for use?

  • Is specialized equipment such as gloves provided when working with electricity?

  • Is hearing protection provided for jobs or in areas with excessive noise?

Portable Ladders

  • Are all ladders maintained in good condition, joints between steps and side rails tight, all hardware and fittings securely attached, and no signs of excessive ware?

  • Are all ladders equipped with non-slip safety feet that are in good condition?

  • Are all ladder rungs and steps free of grease and oil?

  • Is it prohibited to place a ladder in front of doors opening toward the ladder except when the door is blocked open, locked, or guarded?

  • Are all ladder rungs uniformly spaced at 12 inches apart?

  • Are all ladders regularly inspected for damage?

  • Are employees instructed to tag and remove all damaged ladders from service?

  • Are employees instructed to not use the top two steps of ordinary stepladders as a step?

  • Are employees instructed, when gaining access to an elevated surface, to tie off ladders or extend the top at least three feet above the elevated surface?

  • Are employees instructed in safe ladder practices such as maintaining three points of contact, remaining within the side rails, and facing the ladder when ascending/descending?

Hand Tools & Equipment

  • Are all tools and equipment (both college and employee owned) in good condition, free of cracks, burns, corrosion, or other signs of ware?

  • Are hand tools such as chisels and punches, which develop mushroomed heads during use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?

  • Are broken or fractured handles on hammers, axes, and similar equipment replaced immediately?

  • Are worn or bent wrenches replaces regularly?

  • Are cutting tool edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?

  • Are tools stored in a dry and secure location where they will not be tampered with?

  • Are employees made aware of hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?

Power Operated Tools & Equipment

  • Are all power operated tools provided with appropriate safety guards as recommended by the manufacturer?

  • Are all guards properly installed and show no signs of removal or tampering?

  • Are all cord-connected, electrically operated tools and equipment effectively grounded or of the approved double insulated type?

  • Is hoisting equipment available and used for lifting heavy objects and are the hoist ratings/characteristics appropriate for the task?

  • Are pneumatic and hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools checked regularly for deterioration or damage?

  • Are the work rests on all abrasive wheels adjusted to within 1/8 inch of the wheel?

  • Are the top guards on all abrasive wheels adjusted to within 1/4 inch of the wheel?

  • Do the side guards on all abrasive wheels cover the spindle, nut, flange, and 75% of the wheel diameter?

  • Is the maximum RPM rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with the RPM rating of the motor?

  • Are the benches and pedestals for all abrasive wheels permanently mounted?

  • Are all new abrasive wheels visually inspected and ring tested prior to mounting?

  • Are dust collectors provided on all grinders used in operations that produce an abundance of dust?

Power Actuated Tools

  • Are employees who operate power actuated tools trained in their use and carry a valid operator's card?

  • Is each power actuated tool stored in its own locked container when not in use?

  • Are signs reading "POWER ACTUATED TOOL IN USE" conspicuously posted in the areas where the tools are being used?

  • Are power actuated tools left unloaded until they are actually ready to be used?

  • Are power actuated tools inspected for obstructions or defects each day prior to use?

Dining Services

Kitchen & Food Operations

  • Are kitchen waste materials stored in metal containers with tight-fitting lids kept in designated areas and removed by carts to compactor or dumpster?

  • Are deep fryers controlled and provided with high-temperature shut offs and overflow gutters?

  • Are exhaust system filters cleaned daily?

  • Are exhaust systems hoods and ducts located away from any combustible materials?

  • Are vapor-proof electric lights and conduit wiring provided fro electrical equipment located in exhaust-system hoods?

  • Are slip resistant mats provided for dish washing areas?

  • Are floors adjacent to deep fryers dry and free of grease?

  • Are floors adjacent to soft drink syrup tanks cleaned regularly?

  • Are knives placed in sheaths when not in use?

  • Are proper guards installed on all meat slicing machines?

  • Are chairs and tables free of pinch points and sharp edges?

Food Handling Practices

  • Is food kept in pans of containers located off of the floor?

  • Are perishable or potentially hazardous food properly stored and not held at room temperature?

  • Are fruits and vegetables thoroughly washed prior to preparation and serving?

  • Are food warmers and steam tables used to heat prepared foods and holding temperature?

  • Are frozen foods properly thawed under refrigeration or under cold running water or cooked directly from frozen state?

  • Are cutting boards washed and sanitized when switching between raw food and cooked/ready-to-serve food?

  • Are utensils (not hands) used to pick up rolls, bread, butter, pats, ice, or other food to be served?

  • Do employees wash hands after wiping tables and busing soiled dishes prior to handling place settings and serving food?

  • Are food servers careful to not touch food contact surfaces of plates, cups, and silverware when setting tables or serving customers?

Fire Safety

  • Are automatic wet-chemical extinguishing systems installed in the hoods and ducts above ranges, grills, and fat fryers?

  • Are extinguishing systems inspected and serviced by a qualified person on an annual basis?

  • Do fuel supplies for cooking equipment have automatic shut-off valves that activate with the extinguishing system?

  • Are the proper types and quantity of fire extinguishers unblocked and readily available?

  • Are fire extinguishers properly charged, tagged, and inspected?

  • Are fire extinguishers properly wall-mounted and located appropriately for the hazards involved?

  • Are employees trained in proper use of extinguishers and manual operation of dry or wet chemical systems protecting cooking equipment?

  • Are sprinkler system control valves secured in the open position?

  • Is there 3 feet of clearance around the sprinkler system's main control valve?

  • Do all sprinkler heads have a minimum of 18 inches clearance?

  • Is the water pressure of the sprinkler system indicated on the system's lower gauge?

  • Is the sprinkler system's local electric or water-motor alarm bell operable and auditable?

  • Is the sprinkler system periodically tested and maintained with a written record kept on the premises?

  • Are the sprinkler system's alarms monitored offsite at a constantly attended location (Fire Department or Alarm Central Station)?

  • Are employee instructed in evacuation procedures for both customers and employees?


General Safety

  • Are "No Diving" signs clearly posted and legible?

  • Are pool depths are clearly and accurately marked?

  • Is safety and rescue equipment is available and in working order (shepherd's hook, life ring, backboard, first aid kit, etc.)?

  • Is the pool area secured during non operating hours?

  • Is unauthorized entry prevented during non-operational hours by using enclosures such as fencing, gates, locks, etc.?

  • Are "No lifeguard on duty" signs clearly posted when pool is not staffed?

  • Is pool lighting sufficient and working properly?

  • Are the walking surfaces, stairways, and ramps in good condition and free of structural defects? Rate from 1 (poor condition) to 10 (excellent condition).

  • Are documented inspections of the pool area lerformed on a regular basis to ensure the safety and security of the area?

Are lifeguards required to:

  • Be at least 16 years old?

Maintain a current lifeguarding certification from a nationally recognized agency such as:

  • American Red Cross?

  • YMCA?

  • StarGuard?

  • Ellis & Associates?

  • Other?

Maintain certification in life saving skills such as:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?

  • First Aid?

  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use?

  • Emergency Oxygen administration?

  • Other?

Emergency Planning

  • Does the facility have a response plan for bodily fluids (feces, vomit, or blood)?

  • Does the facility have a response plan for inclement weather?

  • Does the emergency plan include methods of communication with first responders, emergency services, and pool patrons?

Operations Manual

  • Is the operations manual accessible at the pool?

  • Does the manual include a list of pool chemicals and instructions for their safe handling?

  • Does the plan detail communication protocols for notifying administrators and closing the pool?

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Does the facility maintain a chemical inventory that provides a list of chemicals used?

  • Is proper Personal Protective Equipment provided for safe handling of pool chemicals?

  • Is an eye wash station located in the pool chemical storage area?

  • Is water quality and chemical levels monitored on a daily basis?

Art Department

General Safety

  • Does the studio/shop present a clean and overall safe working environment?

  • Is there a telephone nearby with emergency numbers posted? Do Shop personnel know who to contact in the event of an emergency?

  • Is everyone in the studio/shop wearing proper personal protective equipment for the task they are performing (coveralls, safety glasses, gloves, respirators, hearing protection)?

  • Are eyewash/showers properly located, clearly visible, and unobstructed?

  • Are eyewash/showers tested and flushed monthly?

  • Are spray painting operations performed inside a an approved spray painting booth?

  • Is food and drink kept out of the studio/shop at all times?

  • If NIOSH approved respirators are used, have personnel been fit tested and trained on proper use and limitations?

  • Are machinery and tools inspected periodically and maintained/repaired as needed?

  • Are kilns ventilated, inspected, and managed appropriately?

  • Are all machine guards installed per the manufacturer's recommendation and in working condition?

Hazardous Waste Management

  • Are waste containers being used for the correct type of waste?

  • Are all liquid hazardous waste containers stored in a secondary containment unit?

  • Are all waste containers labeled with hazardous waste labels?

  • Are incompatible wastes segregated by distance or secondary containment?

  • Are the waste containers in good condition and compatible with the waste they contain?

  • Are all oily/solvent soaked rags collected in an appropriate metal flameproof container with a lid?

  • Are waste containers kept securely closed except when adding waste?

  • Is the hazardous waste vendor contacted promptly when a container is filled?

Performing Arts/Theater

Fire Prevention, Emergency Exits, and Emergency Response

  • Are emergency phone numbers posted near a phone in the theater?

  • Are all self closing fire doors free to close without obstructions?

  • Are emergency exit doors free of obstructions on both sides of the door?

  • Are exits properly marked and illuminated?

  • Are fire extinguishers mounted, accessible, fully charged, and serviced within the last 12 months?

  • Is emergency communication equipment operational?

  • Are occupancy limits posted near the main exit of large rooms and assembly areas?

  • Are evacuation maps posted near the main exit of large rooms and assembly areas?

  • Are first aid kits fully stocked and easily accessible?

  • Are flammable and combustible materials stored away from ignition sources?


  • Are storage shelves arranged in a safe manner (no risk of tipping) and not overloaded?

  • Are file draws kept closed when not in use?

  • Are materials stored to minimize unecessary climbing, reaching, and bending?

  • Are there no stored items within 18 inches of sprinkler heads?

Electrical Hazards

  • Are cords and plugs in good condition with no exposed or taped wires?

  • Are extension cords only used on a temporary basis?

  • Are electrical appliances free of daisy chaining?

  • Are outlets and switch cover plates present?

  • Are breakers and fuse switches identified?

  • Are electrical panels free of obstructions and have 36 inches of clearance?

Walking Surfaces, Stairways, & Ramps

  • Are the building entrances, aisles, and work areas free of any slip, trip or fall hazards?

  • Are walk off mats used and extended during wet weather?

  • Are walk off mats replaced as needed (curling edges and soaked mats)?

  • Is good housekeeping practiced with no trip hazards such as materials, cords, wires, paper, and equipment?

  • Are carpets and rugs secure and in good condition?

  • Are floors clean, dry, and free of slippery materials?

  • Are stairways, ramps, and corridors clear and free of stored materials?

  • Do ramps have non-slip surfaces?

  • Are handrails and guardrails present where required and in good condition?

General Safety and Housekeeping

  • Are work tables, desks, and chairs in good condition?

  • Are step stools and ladders available to facilitate reaching items stored overhead?

  • Are sharp and pointed tools shielded to prevent accidental contact?

  • Are good housekeeping practices in place?

  • Are restrooms clean and fixtures secure?

  • Are Safety Data Sheet Inventories up to date and accessible?

  • Are primary and secondary chemical containers labeled and identify contents and hazards?


  • Is access to tension grids and catwalks controlled and restricted to unauthorized personnel?

  • Are pall prevention or arrest systems in place and functional on all fixed ladders?

  • Are guardrails (top and mid rails) and toe boards secure on all tension grids and catwalks?

  • Are gates/guards on ladder access openings kept closed?

  • Are counter weights stacked below the top level of toe boards?

  • Are signs present to warn against stacking counter weights higher than the top of the toe boards?

  • Are counter weights evenly distributed along the loading platform?

  • Are tension grids and catwalks free of other stored items?

  • Are tension grids and catwalks free of graffiti?

  • Are light and audio fixtures/equipment secured to battens with primary and secondary restraints?

  • Are all rigging ropes and cables in good condition and routinely inspected by a qualified person?

  • Are all rigging ropes and cables inspected by a qualified outside contractor every 5 years?

  • Are hoists and beams clearly labeled with maximum capacities?

  • Are line set weight-capacity signs present on the loading bridge?

  • Are personnel using personal fall protection devices appropriately?

  • Are personnel wearing hard hats with chin straps areas with low overhead clearance?

  • Do personnel tie off tools when working on elevated surfaces?

  • Are personnel wearing other personal protective equipment as required by the task?

  • Safety and warning signs present in appropriate areas?

  • Is access to controlled areas restricted to unauthorized personnel?

Fire and Life Safety

Fire Safety & Evacuation Plans

  • Are all exit doors unlocked during business hours?

  • Are all exits, aisles, corridors, or stairways clear and free of obstructions?

  • Does the hardware of all exit doors in good condition and functioning properly?

  • Is the area beneath stairs free of stored items?

  • Do all lighted exit signs and emergency lighting functioning properly?

  • Are fire safety and evacuation plans implemented and communicated to all occupants?

  • Are employees trained in fire safety and evacuation plans at orientation and again annually?

  • Are evacuation drills conducted periodically?


  • Are all areas free from combustible waste material that creates a fire hazard?

  • Are combustible materials kept clear of ignition sources?

  • Are oily and greasy rags kept in self-closing metal cans?

  • Are exits and exit enclosures clear of combustible material storage?

  • Are mechanical, electrical, and boiler rooms clear of combustibles?

  • Are flammable liquids stored away from exits, aisles, corridors, or stairways?

  • Are flammable liquids stored in approved portable containers?

  • Are flammable liquid containers in excess of 10 gallons stored in approved flammable storage cabinets?

  • Are all sprinkler heads unobstructed with a minimum of 18 inches of clearance?

  • Are all compressed gas cylinders properly used, stored, and secured upright to prevent tipping?

Fire Prevention/Protection

  • Are fire alarms inspected, tested and maintained according to NFPA 72?

  • Are sprinkler systems (water) inspected, tested and maintained according to NFPA 25?

  • Are other fire suppression systems inspected, tested and maintained?

  • Are fire pumps inspected, tested and maintained according to NFPA 25?

  • Are emergency generators tested monthly?

  • Are smoke detectors located in proper ares and tested periodically?

  • Is the sprinkler system water supply valve accessible and locked in the "ON" position?

  • Are the sprinkler control valves are on and all zones are pressurized?

  • Is a sprinkler system impairment program is in place?

  • Do fire lanes provide access to the building and remain unobstructed?

  • Is access to all fire protection equipment unobstructed (OSY valves, etc.)?

  • Are fire extinguishers visually inspected monthly/ tested annually (NFPA 10)?

  • Are fire extinguishers available, visible, and unobstructed (NFPA 10)?

  • Are there designated smoking areas with "No Smoking" signs posted and is the policy enforced?

  • Are self-closing fire doors function properly and free of obstruction?


  • Are electrical cords kept in good condition with not broken or frayed cords in use?

  • Are extension cords not used for permanent wiring?

  • Is the electrical wiring, devices, and equipment in good condition with no fire or shock hazards?

  • Are ground fault circuit interrupters used where necessary and tested monthly?

  • Are all multi-plug adapters equipped with overcurrent protection?

  • Are all multi-plug adapters directly connected to a permanently installed receptacle (no daisy chaining)?

  • Are all electrical panels and outlets in good condition, with no wiring exposed, and have covers in place?

  • Are all portable heat producing appliances visually inspected regularly or have an auto shut-off?

Hazardous Materials

  • Are Safety Data Sheets readily available on the premises with an inventory of all hazardous materials?

  • Are there visible hazard identification signs at the entrances where hazardous materials are stored?

  • Are all chemical containers properly labeled?


Fire & Life Safety

  • Are all exits marked with an exit sign and illuminated by a reliable light source?

  • Are the directions to exits, when not immediately apparent, marked with visible signs?

  • Are doors/passageways, that are neither exits nor access to exits, and which could be mistaken for exits appropriately marked "NOT AND EXIT"?

  • Are exits kept free of any obstructions?

  • Are there sufficient exits to permit prompt escape in case of an emergency?

  • Are all exit doors equipped with panic hardware that can be opened easily in case of an emergency?

  • Are all exit doors operable from the direction of exit travel without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort?

  • Do all exit doors discharge to a clear area free of obstructions or slip, trip, and fall hazards?

  • Do all fire doors close automatically and are free to close/not propped open?

  • Do sprinkler heads have at least 18 inches of clearance?

  • Are all sprinkler heads free from any hanging materials or decorations?

  • Are automatic sprinkler system water control valves and air/water pressures checked weekly/periodically as required?

  • Are all fire extinguishers inspected monthly and properly charged?

  • Are all fire extinguishers free from obstruction and clearly visible?

  • Is a class K fire extinguisher provided in any areas where cooking oils or greases may be used?

  • Are monthly 30 second activation tests performed on all emergency lights?


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Are all employees required to wear long sleeved shirts and pants while performing grounds keeping tasks?

  • Are safety glasses, goggles, and face shields used for appropriate tasks?

  • Are appropriate gloves provided and used for task specific jobs?

  • Are steel toed, slip resistant boots used when appropriate?

  • Is appropriate head ware provided and used for specific tasks (straw hats, baseball caps, hard hats)?

  • Is PPE in good working condition, free from cracks, burns, or sun damage?

  • Is sun screen (minimum 30 SPF) available to employees when necessary?

  • Is bug spray available to employees when necessary?

General Safety

  • Have all employees been properly trained on all pieces of equipment?

  • Have all employees read and know where to find the safety manual?

  • Are all employees aware of the hazards associated with operating specific equipment?

  • Are emergency telephone numbers clearly posted?

  • Is a first aid kit available and do employees know how to use the contents?

  • Do all employees have access to the Safety Data Sheet?

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