• Is the OHS Policy for the University prominently displayed on a local notice board?

  • Is there a dedicated Safety Coordinator?

  • Is the work group represented on an OHS Committee?

  • Are there written safe operating procedures or risk assessments?

  • Is the area aware of specific safety guidelines & procedures?

  • Are key safety rules displayed in work areas?

  • Are checks made on qualifications & training of operators?

  • Are accidents and incidents reported and recorded on the UQ online Injury, Illness and Incident Reporting System?

  • Is there an effective system for reporting & correcting hazards?


  • Have all workers completed the UQ online "General Workplace Safety Training" module?

  • Are all workers required to complete Annual Fire Safety Training?

  • Are all new workers required to participate in a local site induction, and complete the UQ "New Worker OHS Induction Checklist"?

  • Is training provided specific to the individual workplace?

Work Environment

  • Do the general ventilation provisions appear sufficient?

  • Are local exhaust systems installed to remove harmful gases, vapours, fumes & dusts?

  • Are local exhaust systems regularly checked?

  • Is exposure to noise prevented?

  • If workers are exposed to noise, are they on the Hearing Testing Program?

  • Are workers protected from vibration risk?

  • Is lighting sufficient? (general purpose and task specific)


  • Is layout of the work area suitable for tasks?

  • Are appropriate manual handling controls in place?

  • Are excessively repetitive tasks avoided?

  • Is appropriate manual handling equipment provided?


  • Are separate & clean meal-rooms provided?

  • Is drinking water readily available?

  • Are washing facilities adequate?

  • Are toilets sufficient?

  • If required, are lockers or hangers provided for work clothes?

  • Are staff amenities kept clean?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Has the need for PPE has been assessed?

  • if PPE is required, has it been provided?

  • Is training provided on the use of PPE?

  • Is PPE maintained and stored correctly?

Housekeeping & Waste Management

  • Are sufficient storage, racks and bins provided?

  • Is there a system for the safe disposal of general waste?

  • Is there a system for the safe disposal of chemical waste?

  • Is training provided on waste disposal procedures?

  • Are fume cupboards kept uncluttered?

Floors & Asiles

  • Is the flooring structurally sound?

  • Is the floor surface even?

  • Is the floor clear of waste, oil & water?

  • Is the area free of tripping hazards?

  • Are aisles of sufficient width?

  • Are aisles marked? E.g. workshops, walkways?

Special Work Procedures

  • Is there a permit & induction procedure for external contractors?

  • Is specific OHS advice provided to cleaners & maintenance personnel entering biological or chemical laboratories?

  • Are special procedures in place for hot work?

  • Are special procedures in place for confined spaces?

  • Are special procedures in place for working at heights?

  • Are there procedures for out-of-hours or working alone?

Mechanical & Heat Hazards

  • Is machine guarding adequate?

  • Are there adequate guard rails on ramps & walkways?

  • Do ladders and steps appear adequate?

  • Is installed pressure equipment regularly maintained?

  • Are pressure relief valves, gauges and other safety systems regularly tested?

  • Is electrical work carried out in accordance with the Electrical Safety Management Plan (ESMP)?

Electrical Equipment

  • Do multi-outlet boards have overload cut outs?

  • Do multi-outlet boards have individual switches?

  • Are trailing leads eliminated?

  • Has electrical equipment been safety tested in accordance with legislative and UQ requirements?

Chemicals (general)

  • Are hazardous chemicals used or stored in this area?

  • Is there a register of hazardous chemicals?

  • Are Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available for all chemicals? E.g. via Chemwatch

  • Are containers and their labels complete & in good condition?

  • Have decanted substances been labelled in accordance with legislative and UQ requirements?

  • Is the use of hazardous chemicals subject to risk assessment?

  • Is general storage for chemicals sufficient, including security?

  • Is there segregation of incompatible classes of chemicals?

  • Is there a procedure for dealing with chemical spills?

Flammable Liquids

  • Are flammable liquids used or stored in this area?

  • Are quantities of flammable liquids kept to within storage limit?

    Limits at UQ:
    Office space. 5L / floor (level)
    Laboratories. 10L / 50 square metres floor area
    Workshops. 100L

    Larger quantities will need to be stored in Flammable liquids cabinets with a maximum limit of 250L in any 10m radius.

  • Are flammable liquid cabinets provided and used correctly?

  • Is flammable liquid use & storage well away from heat & ignition sources?

Compressed & Fuel Gases

  • Are compressed gases or fuel gases used in this area?

  • Is the number of cylinders inside rooms kept to a storage limit?
    Minor storage maximum limits as water capacity per 200 square meters of floor area:
    2.1 Flammable gas 500L
    2.2 non-flammable, non-toxic gas. 2000L
    2.2 with 5.1 subsidiary (oxidising gas) 1000L
    2.3 Toxic gas. 50L

  • Are incompatible gases segregated?

  • Are cylinders securely restrained?

  • Are gas systems periodically pressure & leak tested?

Biological Hazards (general)

  • Does this area involve work or storage with Biological Hazards and/or PC2 or higher labs?

  • If your laboratory requires physical containment e.g. PC2, are permits and certifications current?

  • Has the need for vaccinations been assessed?

  • If vaccinations are required, are they provided prior to the commencement of activities?

  • Are staff aware of access issues for non-laboratory staff?

  • Is there a current IBC or OGTR number for Genetic manipulation work?

  • Are Biological Safety Cabinets tested annually?

  • Have staff been trained in transport requirements for infectious, diagnostic, or genetically modified materials?

  • Is there an autoclave register of maintenance and faults?

  • Are DAgB (formerly DAFF or AQIS) permits current?

Emergency Equipment

  • Are emergency procedures available?

  • Are emergency contact phone numbers displayed?

  • Is a safety shower and appropriate eyewash unit provided?

  • Are people provided with regular training in the use of safety equipment?

  • Is all safety equipment periodically tested?

  • Is a first aid kit available and regularly checked?

  • Are there trained first aid officers?

Egress & Evacuation

  • Are evacuation procedures displayed?

  • Are emergency floor plans displayed?

  • Are emergency wardens appointed?

  • Is fire and emergency training provided?

  • Are regular emergency practices conducted?

  • Are emergency exits kept clear?

  • Is there emergency lighting?

Fire Protection

  • Are fire extinguishers provided?

  • Is the a fire detection system?

  • Is the fire alarm audible in all rooms?

  • Is the push-button alarm accessible?

  • Is there clear access for the Fire Service?

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