Equipment Safety

Are all electrical cords in good condition? Do all electrical cord plugs in the room have their grounding prongs intact?

Has equipment been modified in any way that jeopardizes the safety of the process or operator?

Are all required warning tags on equipment accounted for, visible, and identifiable?


Are the following basic lifting techniques being followed? Back straight, knees bent, load close to body, lifts with legs, does not twist at the waist.

Are employees using mechanical lift assist devices (carts,foot pump lifts , etc.) properly?

Housekeeping & Walking/Working Surfaces

Are materials that are staged/stored stable, neat and orderly?

Are all egress and exit areas clear of obstruction?

Are all area walking surfaces, platforms free of clutter and debris?

Are wet floor areas appropriately marked?

Area construction areas appropriately marked, attended, or barricaded?

Emergency Equipment & Evacuation

Do the employee(s) know their primary and secondary evacuation routes from their current location?

Do the employees know where their designated outside evacuation assembly area is located?

Are area Maps (Evacuation, Safety Equipment) up to date?

Does emergency equipment require maintenance or replacement?

Has emergency equipment (eye wash/shower) been appropriately PM'd (check inspection tag) ?

Flammable/Combustible Material Handling

Flammable/combustible liquids are being stored in proper containers and in designated storage areas?

Are the waste disposal Earthrite systems working appropriately?

Are appropriate labels for flammable and combustible liquids present?

Environmental Compliance

Waste drums are closed, grounded (flammable only), properly labeled and in good clean condition?


Are chemicals stored in their appropriate location (i.e. not in fume hood) ?

Are chemicals appropriately capped ?

Are all container nozzles appropriately turned to eliminate the chance of spills by kicking ?

Are Fume Hood Sashes at appropriate heights?

Are Fume Hoods free from clutter ?

Is the air flow indicator operating correctly?

Have Hoods been tested appropriately (see label for test dates) ?

Are stir plates and other corded equipment appropriately stored?

Is glassware in good condition?

Are aisle-ways free of clutter and debris?

Are dump stations clean and uncluttered ?

Is waste appropriately labeled?

Are laboratory employees wearing appropriate PPE (i.e. shoes, safety glasses, and laboratory coats)?

Are electrical panels and emergency equipment unblocked and accessible?

Are gas cylinders appropriately chained and stored?


Corrective Action Plan

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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.