Access and Egress

  • Are all external doors free from obstruction and useable?

  • Are all internal doors clear of obstruction?

  • Is there clear access to storerooms?

  • Are storerooms adequately tidy?

  • Are secure doors useable in the event of a fire or emergency?

  • Escape signs visible throughout building and in good condition?

Health and Safety Management

  • When was the last departmental audit?

  • Have all action points from last audit been closed out?

  • Are risk assessments available in each lab and Prep room?

  • Have the risk assessments been reviewed regularly (within the last year)?

  • Is there a departmental safety policy?

  • Health and safety law poster displayed in prep rooms?

  • College and departmental safety policy and procedures in place?

  • Is any training identified as being required?

Fire Safety

  • Is there a fire risk assessment for the building?

  • Are there any outstanding remedial actions within the fire risk assessment?

  • Has there been a fire drill this term?

  • Are the fire extinguishers being checked weekly - are records accurate and up to date?

  • Are there fire blankets in each Lab and Prep room?

  • Have staff received training or refresher training in the last 12 months?

  • Are emergency lights tested regularly?

General Conduct and PPE

  • Mandatory eyewear signs in place in labs and prep rooms?

  • No trailing wires or cables or other trip hazards?

  • Drip trays on cabinet shelves for use when dispensing?

  • Protective eyewear in good condition and stored adequately?

  • Protective eyewear available and suitable for all?

  • Lab coats available and being worn when required?

  • Sensible footwear being worn by staff and pupils?

  • Pupils and staff all aware of safe conduct and rules in the labs?

  • Long hair adequately tied back?


  • Is there a COSHH assessment for every chemical?

  • Do we have MSDS for every chemical on site

  • Is the storage of COSHH adequate according to the risk each poses?

  • Are we storing excessive amounts of any particular chemical?

  • Are there safe arrangements for the safe disposal of chemicals in bulk?

  • Is there a procedure in place to deal with accidental spills for all/every chemical?

  • Oxidising chemicals stored in locked metal cabinet?

  • Mercury spill kit available?

  • Ionising radiation sources stored correctly?

  • Member of staff trained in radiation? Date?

General and Housekeeping

  • Are fume cupboards within service date and sticker shown?

  • Are all electrical items safe to use - PAT tested?

  • Are work benches clean and tidy?

  • Are all caustic/corrosive chemicals stored below shoulder height?

  • Are work areas kept free of excessive amounts of chemicals and apparatus?

  • Are there appropriate warning signs on containers and doors etc?

  • Are there first aid boxes in each lab, and prep room?

  • Are the contents of each first aid kit in date?

  • Is the first aid kit clearly signed or easily visible?

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