Induction and Training

  • Is there proof that new personnel are safety inducted into this area?

  • Is there a log book for training on specific equipment?


  • Is there placarding on the entrance to the lab showing safety symbols, PPE requirements, storage precautions and hazards?

Emergency Procedures

  • Are emergency numbers and procedures clearly displayed?

  • Are appropriate fire extinguishers visible and easy to access?

  • Have fire extinguishers been inspected/tagged within the last 6 months?

  • Are fire extinguishers free from obstruction?

  • Are emergency exit stairs adequately lit?

  • Are exit signs in place and illuminated?

  • Are exit doors marked and clearly visible?

  • Can exit doors be opened from inside?

  • Are exit corridors clear of obstructions (including outside of the building)?

  • Are specific emergency procedures developed and displayed in the lab?

  • Are contacts and emergency details placarded for experiments or equipment left on afterhours?


  • Are electrical items tested (not required for Non Hostile areas), tagged and in date? “Portable Appliance Testing and Tagging Guideline”.

  • Are all power outlets and switches in good condition (not broken) and tagged out if faulty?

  • Are extension leads / power boards used as designed (Ensure no temporary or makeshift leads/power boards, double adaptors, piggyback plugs, overloading)?

  • Do power boards have overload protection and individual switched outlets?

  • Are electrical items free from damage and unlikely to be exposed to water?

  • Do portable heaters have time switches and are electrical appliances in a safe working area?

  • Are leads/cords kept clear of walkways and tucked away tidily under desks?

  • Is combustible material stored away from electrical equipment?

  • Are electrical ignition sources controlled in flammable environments?

  • Is equipment free from exposure of any form of moisture or dust?

  • Are flexible cords subject to flexing or abuse?

  • Have the required elements of the UWA Electrical Equipment Safety Policy ‘Hostile Environment’ been complied with?

Safe Working

  • Does the lab maintain written procedures (and are all personnel trained in these): SWPs?

  • Does the lab maintain written procedures (and are all personnel trained in these):
    Risk Assessments?

  • Does the lab maintain written procedures (and are all personnel trained in these):

  • Does the lab maintain written procedures (and are all personnel trained in these): Lab Safety Manual?

  • Are all personnel aware of the UWA Laboratory Conduct Code?

  • Are all hazards and incidents reported (through the UWA hazard/incident reporting system), investigated and actioned?

  • Is there an out of hours system/log book in use?

  • Do people comply with the UWA Working in Isolation requirements?

  • Is the area tidy and well kept?

  • Are items safely stored so they are not at risk of falling off or causing injury?

  • Is the floor free of trip hazards?

  • Is furniture in good repair?

  • Are filing cabinets/desk drawers closed when not in use?


  • Are all frequently used items within easy reach?

  • Is the work area set-up to prevent undue twisting of the neck and trunk?

  • Is there a chair with adjustable height provided at the work bench where sitting/standing work is performed?

  • Can the lab worker get close to the workstation when seated?

  • Are adjustments on all chairs functioning properly?

  • Is the seat and backrest height of the chairs adjustable?

  • Is repetitive/sustained force and awkward posture/movement prevented?

Manual Handling

  • Is there adequate space for all movements involved in the MH task: bench space for equipment?

  • Is there adequate space for all movements involved in the MH task: leg space under bench?

  • Are heavy/awkward/hazardous objects stored between knee and shoulder height?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Is the correct PPE made available and used by all lab personnel?

  • Are lab personnel trained to use PPE correctly?

  • Is PPE stored, maintained and in good condition?

  • Are the correct gloves being used for each task?

Plant and Equipment

  • Are there warning labels/safe operating instructions and procedures available?

  • Are safety guards used on mechanical equipment where required?

  • Is the maintenance schedule for med-high risk equipment adhered to?

  • Are maintenance records available?

Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods

SDS & Labels

  • Are SDS easily accessible for all hazardous chemicals?

  • Are paper copies of SDS less than 5 years old?

  • Is UWA Safety Health and Wellbeing contacted when an SDS is not available on Chem Alert?

  • Does the lab have an up-to-date inventory of all its chemicals (via Chem Alert)?

  • Are all containers labelled correctly?

Storage and Handling

  • Are correct containers being used to store substances?

  • Are Dangerous Goods stored according to class?

  • Are flammables and corrosives stored in approved cabinets?

  • Are chemicals stored together according to compatibility? (check with incompatibility report on Chem Alert)

  • Are there bunding or spill trays for the storage of liquids?

  • Are refrigerators suitably placarded and labeled (no food, no drink)?

  • Are the refrigerators which are being used for storing flammable materials, spark proofed?

  • Are safe decanting procedures in place?

  • Are Winchesters and residue containers transported using carriers?

  • Are there procedures in place for transporting chemicals, including across University grounds?

Fume Cupboards

  • Are fume cupboards tested six monthly?

  • Are they free of clutter and kept clear when experiments aren’t being conducted?

  • Are ‘experiments in progress’ labeled and procedures outlined for emergency preparedness?

Waste Disposal

  • Are appropriate labeled segregated waste disposal containers being used (plastic, no more than 5L)?

  • Is a glass bin being used?

  • Is a sharps bin being used?

  • Are people aware of hazardous waste disposal procedures: a) location of waste store b) dates of collection c) waste log procedure?

  • Are records kept of wastes disposed of (as required)?

  • Is there a regular clean up of wastes?

Emergency Equipment

  • Are appropriate Spill kits available and regularly maintained for the lab?

  • Is a Fire blanket accessible?

  • Is the Fire Extinguisher accessible?

  • Is the Safety Shower accessible and tested regularly?

  • Is the Eye wash hose accessible and tested regularly?


Cryogens and Compressed Gases


  • Are lab personnel trained in all aspects of compressed gas/cryogen usage?


  • Is there a Safe Work Procedure followed for compressed gas/cryogens usage?

  • Is the regulator appropriate for the gas being used (e.g. stainless steel for corrosive gases, brass for non corrosive gases)?


  • Are gas cylinders secured to purpose-built trolleys during transport?

  • Are procedures in place for the transport of compressed gases/cryogens in lifts?


  • Is the label clearly visible?

  • Are cylinders secured upright to wall trolley or other permanent fixture by bracket?

  • Are gas cylinders stored according to class (Chem Alert, stock report, storage incompatibilities)?

  • Are empty cylinders: a) separated from full cylinders b) clearly labelled c) removed ASAP?

  • Is the storage area adequately ventilated?

  • Are flammable (including LPGs on BBQs), explosive, toxic and asphyxiant gases stored outside?


  • Are regulators checked regularly?

  • Are gas lines regularly checked for: a) leaks b) wear and tear c) kinks?

  • Comments

  • Inspector Signature

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