General Safety Information

  • Required Training has been completed?

  • Documented Training includes:

  • Are safety issues addressed in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) where appropriate?

  • Are lab personnel familiar with incident reporting procedures? (injury, workers comp, etc.)

  • Is the appropriate PPE worn in the lab?

  • Are there SOPs in place to deal with biological and/or chemical spills in the lab?

  • Are first aid kits available, accessible, and properly stocked?

  • Electrical cords and power strips used appropriately and in good condition?

  • Fire extinguisher are available, accessible, charged, and the proper type?

  • Is the laboratory clean. Aisles, passageways and exits are clear from obstructions and trip hazards?

  • Are procedures in place for disposal of non-contaminated broken glassware? (glass disposal box, sharps container).

  • Are gas cylinders properly restrained, capped when not in use, and away from heat sources?

  • Are lab freezers, refrigerators and incubators used and labeled properly?

  • Are after hours and emergency contact phone numbers up to date and posted?

  • Is there a hand washing sink available in the lab?

  • Are eyewashes available, accessible, and is it documented that the eyewash is flushed weekly?

  • Are safety showers available and accessible?

Chemical Safety

  • Are high hazard chemicals clearly documented, and covered in SOPs? (carcinogens, reproductive toxins, acute toxins, pyrophoric or water reactive, peroxides, etc.).

  • Are Safety Data Sheets available for all chemicals in the lab (computer or hard copy)?

  • Are chemicals and lab prepared reagents properly labeled?

  • Are fume hoods functional, certified, and free of clutter?

  • Are chemicals of incompatible hazard classes kept separated in storage? (acids, bases, oxidizers, organics).

  • Are flammable chemicals stored in properly labeled cabinets, refrigerators or freezers rated for flammable material storage?

  • Are liquid chemicals equipped with secondary containment?

  • Are peroxide forming chemicals dated when received and when opened (aldehydes, benzyllic hydrogen compounds, allylic compounds, vinyl compounds, etc.).

  • Are perchloric acids used only in hoods with wash-down systems?

  • Is chemical waste properly stored?
    Properly labeled
    Closed
    Secondary containment
    removed within 90 days
    not cluttered
    Properly segregated

  • Are weekly waste storage inspections documented?

  • Radiation Questions

Radiation

  • Name of the isotope(s):

  • Are the required radiation notices posted, with up to date emergency contact information?

  • Are radiation badges required?

  • Is radiation safety training completed?

  • Is isotope usage tracked from receipt through disposal?

  • Are radioactive materials stored in approved areas?

  • Biohazard Questions

Biosafety

  • Do lab personnel know how to access the Biosafety Manual?

  • This lab is what biosafety level?

  • List biohazards used:

  • Is IBC approval on file for your research?

  • Are indicators / integrators used at least monthly to ensure proper operation of the autoclave with results recorded in a log?

  • Are work surfaces and equipment being decontaminated when work with infectious material is finished and immediately after spills or splashes?

  • Are biological safety cabinets in use and certified?

  • Is vacuum equipment properly trapped and HEPA filtered?

  • Are bio spill kits available in biohazardous waste storage areas?

  • Are biohazardous waste storage areas properly secured?

  • Has bloodborne pathogen training been conducted? Annual refreshers if needed?

  • Animal Use & Care Questions

Animals

  • Has IACUC approval been obtained for the research?

  • Are SOPs available for safe animal handling?

  • Are procedures in place for dealing with bites or other injuries?

  • Are Respirators Worn by employees cleaning cages?

  • Have employees wearing respirators been trained and fit tested?

  • Controlled Substance Questions

Controlled Substances

  • Are inventory and usage records complete and up-to-date?

  • Are controlled substances stored in an approved safe?

  • Are all authorized staff trained in the management of controlled substances?

  • Does lab staff know how to contact DEHS to obtain slurry bottles for controlled substance waste?

Additional Information

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