Emergency Preparedness and Information Material

  • Emergency phone numbers and procedures posted and easily accessible (e.g. Fire, chemical spills, injuries)

  • Staff trained in emergency procedures and familiar with accident reporting procedures

  • Eyewash station available and accessible

  • Eyewash station tested weekly and documented

  • Emergency shower available and accessible

  • Emergency shower tested in past year

  • Proper type of fire extinguisher present and accessible

  • Fire extinguisher seal intact, serviced/tagged in last year

  • First aid kit available and stocked


  • Good housekeeping practices (bench tops and work areas clean and organized)

  • Materials neatly and safely stored

  • Floors, aisles, exits and access to emergency equipment clear and unobstructed

  • Floors, aisles, exits free of loose materials, debris, spills or worn floor coverings

  • Floors regularly cleaned

  • Adequate lighting for tasks conducted

  • Light fixtures in good condition

Hygiene Practices

  • Proper hand washing facilities available

  • Eating and drinking prohibited

  • Laboratory doors kept closed

  • Personal belonging kept away from chemical or biological contaminants

General Ventilation

  • Ventilation adequate for room conditions and usage

  • Thermal comfort maintained (e.g. Temperature, humidity, air velocity)

  • Ventilation system regularly inspected, tested and maintained

  • Air inlets and outlets free of debris or contaminants (e.g. Dirt, mould)

  • Negative pressure of the lab is being maintained (e.g. Doors are not being propped open)

General Chemical Safety

  • Chemical storage locations appropriate

  • Chemicals properly labelled

  • Incompatible substances adequately seperated

  • Chemical storage tidy and uncluttered


  • MSDS online or binder easily accessible and current (within 3 years)

  • Containers WHMIS labelled

  • All personnel WHMIS trained

  • Chemical inventory available

Chemical Spills

  • Spill kit available and accessible

  • All personnel trained in spill cleanup procedures

Chemical Wastes

  • Waste containers properly labelled

  • Waste containers properly stored

  • Regular disposal

  • Personnel trained in proper disposal procedures

Flammable Materials

  • Individual containers may not exceed 5L in volume

  • Maximum of 3 flammable storage cabinets per lab

  • Maximum 250L flammable and 250L combustible materials stored in a cabinet

  • Maximum of 50L flammable and 200L combustible materials stored outside cabinet

  • Flammables stored away from heat or other ignition sources

Compressed Gas Cylinders

  • Properly secured to wall or bench with belt or chain

  • Properly labelled

  • Valve cap on when not is use

  • Away from ignition sources

Radioactive Materials

  • Radioisotope permit posted, Authorized user list posted

  • Active work and storage areas are properly marked

  • All authorized users have received radiation safety training

  • Radioactive wastes properly contained and labeled

Biological Hazards

  • Valid Biosafety certificate

  • Biosafety cabinets certified within past year

  • Workers appropriately trained in working with biological organisms, including universal precautions

  • Appropriate door signage for CL2 and CL3

  • Hazardous biological wastes packaged, disinfected or sterilized in appropriated containers

  • Approved sharps disposal containers

  • Workers immunized, as required

Fume Hoods

  • Proper type for current use

  • Unblocked and uncluttered

  • Sash at recommended height and airflow on

  • Flow monitor and alarm functional

  • Fume hood performance tested by EHS within past year (green sticker attached)


  • Not used to store food or drinks

  • Clean and uncluttered

  • Explosion safe or explosion proof, according to use

Other Laboratory Equipment

  • Clean

  • Good working order

  • Regularly inspected and maintained

  • Proper electrical connections

  • Users properly trained

Electrical Safety

  • Electrical cords, plugs and sockets in good condition

  • Grounded connections/GFCI's as required

  • Extension cords not used a permanent wiring

  • Adequate number of outlets

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Proper eye protection available and worn

  • Lab coats or other protective clothing worn

  • Proper gloves worn specific to the chemical or physical hazard

  • Closed toe shoes worn

  • Respiratory protection worn when required

  • Protective equipment regularly inspected and maintained

  • Employees trained in proper use of protective equipment

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