Action Items for this inspection

Enter Lab, Department or Building I.D./s for this inspection


Items observed were

Approved safety glasses are available and in use by employees.

When the is a splash spray mist or flying particle hazards safety goggles and face shields are available and in use by employees.

Protective gloves that are approved for the hazards handled are available and in use by the employees.

Respirator use conforms to this facilities Respiratory Protection Program. Respirators are being worn properly.

Lab coats, "Tvek" garments and aprons where applicable etc. are available and in use

Chemical storage and handling safety

Items observed were

CHEMICALS are stored safely on bench tops and testing equipment to reduce the risk of spill or leaks?

CHEMICALS-segregated by hazard class and stored separately (flammables, acids, corrosives)

CHEMICAL-secondary containers in good condition, closed when not in use and labeled clearly with HMIS or GHS compliant labeling.

Flammable chemical storage does not exceed max allowable Qtys (10 GA-on bench tops,25 GA- in approved safety cans,60 GA-in safety cabinets)

CHEMICAL-spill kit supplies available and well stocked and appropriate for the amount and type of chemicals in the lab?

Employee are carrying glass chemical containers safely in shatter proof protective sleeves.

Approved self closing Safety cans used to store and dispense flammable liquids are properly labeled

Gas cylinders properly secured, safety caps in place.

Food and beverages are not stored in laboratory area, refrigerators, or in glassware that is also used for laboratory operations.

Mobile phase bottles in spill containment labeled correctly with HMIS/ GHS labels

Unnecessary, unused, or outdated chemicals are removed from laboratories and chemical storage areas

No materials or chemicals are stored on top of flammable cabinets

Hazardous chemical containers are stored below eye level.

Hazardous waste containers properly labeled,closed & 55 Gal maximum total stored in lab.

Emergency preparedness

Items observed were

Emergency exit signs posted and clearly indicate direction of evacuation

Illuminated exit signs and emergency lighting tested and working properly

Food and beverages are not stored in the laboratory areas, refrigerators or in glassware that is also used for laboratory operations

Exits, emergency equipment, electrical panels & aisles clear of obstruction. No excess clutter present.

Emergency equipment

Items observed were

Appropriate fire extinguisher available within 30 feet and inspected monthly and changed out within the past 12 months (see tag).

Eyewash stations and safety showers and eye washes provided within the work area for immediate use (within 50 feet or 10 seconds of exposure) and access is unobstructed.

First aid kits are well stocked and items are not out of date?

Biohazard safety

Items observed were

Biohazard Laboratory surfaces are cleaned; disinfected or decontaminated after work is performed.

Biological waste is appropriately marked with a biohazard symbol


Items observed were

Broken glass containers are available and in use

Heavy objects are confined to lower shelves

Electrical cords are in good condition and are UL listed

Laboratory storage areas are uncluttered, orderly and shelves over six feet are secured to prevent tipping.

Dirty lab coats are stored in a covered container until removed for laundering and are cleaned regularly.

Bench tops and under counters are clean, organized and workspaces maintained to eliminate harmful exposures or unsafe conditions or potential spills.

Exits, emergency equip & aisles clear of obstruction. No excess clutter present. 36" clear path.

Electrical switch panels unobstructed by at least a 36 inch clearance.

Laboratory Fume Hoods

Items observed were

Fume hoods are working properly, annually tested for proper CFM and certification sticker attached

Fume Hoods are not being used for excess storage

Performance tested within the last year (check sticker on front or side of unit) or if the hood is not in use it is labeled as such. Min 100 CFM

Storage within the hood minimized and containers kept closed. Containers are at least 6 inch inside hood from sash.

Storage within the hood minimized and containers kept closed. Containers are at least 6 inch inside hood from sash.

Written plans procedures and postings

Items observed were

Chemical Hygiene Plan and emergency action plan

MSDS or SDS sheets are available, current and accessible to all employees

Emergency information and contact list posted?

Evacuation maps posted and up to date

Biohazard symbols are posted on access doors to biohazard laboratories

Chemical Hazard warning signs posted on entrance to lab and hazard ratings (1-4) are correct

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