Forms

  • Are COSSH, SDS and Risk assessments present, up to date and their whereabouts known to the occupants of the lab?

Reagent labeling

  • Are materials labeled with a date, identification of the substance, owner and appropriate HAZMAT label present?

General lab safety

  • Are personnel wearing lab coats, or other PPE, in the labs?

  • Are fire hazards present. I.e. Cardboard boxes, polystyrene boxes littering the lab? Flammable Materials near ignition sources?

  • Is the lab tidy and clean?

  • Are chemicals that are stored in the lab segregated properly. I.e. Acetic acid is an organic acid and should be stored separately from mineral acids. It should be stored in the flammable bins.

  • Is there suitable containment of biological waste material available?

  • Is a poisons cabinet present and used

  • Are low oxygen alarms present and in date and tested?

  • Are items properly stored on the shelves and not stacked

  • Are there any tripping hazards or obstructions

  • Are there any laboratory hazards. I.e. Sharps, used tips, unknown spills, chemical smells

  • Are sharps waste bins present and clearly labeled and not overfilled

  • Are clinical waste bins present and clearly labeled and not overfilled

  • Are general waste bins present and clearly labeled and not overfilled

  • Are biological bins waste bins present and clearly labeled and not overfilled

  • Are chemical waste bins present and clearly labeled and not overfilled

  • Are glass waste bins present and clearly labeled and not overfilled

  • Are all bins containing the correct items? I.e. Evidence of mixing

  • Are Local exhaust ventilation (fume cabinets) log books filled in

Signage

  • Are fire notices present and in view

  • Are safety notices present and in view

  • Is a laboratory code of practice present and in view

  • Are GHS labeling used

  • Are flammable, corrosive or poisons signs used appropriately ?

Emergency equipment provisions

  • Are there fire extinguishers present that are relevant to the environment?

  • Are fire exits clear and unobstructed

  • Are there fire notices present

  • Are there emergency contact numbers present?

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