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  • The assessors believe the information contained within this risk assessment report to be correct at the time of printing. The assessors do not accept responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of the information herein. The report is based on matters which were observed or came to the attention of the assessors during the day of the assessment and should not be relied upon as an exhaustive record of all possible risks or hazards that may exist or potential improvements that can be made.
    For UWA chemical management guidelines, visit www.safety.uwa.edu.au/topics/chemical
    Safety,Health and Wellbeing at UWA is available to advise on the implementation of chemical management and welcomes feedback on the management guidelines.
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Items

Entry Signage

  • Entry signage

  • Lab or research area is clearly labelled with a Room number ?

  • Area supervisor/ Deputy supervisor's contact details & after hour contact details are present?

  • According to the signage, the laboratory has:

  • Dangerous goods

  • Dangerous goods:

  • Are there any missing DG symbols on door signage (reference - chemical inventory provided to SHW)

  • Missing:

  • PC2 accreditation

  • Accredited until:

  • OGTR accreditation

  • Accredited until:

  • Appropriate PPE and precautionary methods signage is present?

  • Missing:

Access to Laboratory

  • Access to the building / floor / corridor / research area

  • Access to the laboratory

  • A formal induction is required to gain access to the laboratory ? (Evidence to be sighted)

  • Estimated number of people using the lab routinely:

  • Is the laboratory secured when vacant during working hours?

Laboratory Layout

  • Laboratory layout images

  • Is the area generally tidy and well kept?

  • Does the laboratory have adequate storage areas?

  • Are the work areas free of obstruction?

  • Are the floor/floor coverings in good condition?

Laboratory Environment

  • Air conditioning working? Temperature is comfortable?

  • Adequate lightning in work areas? Bench tops? Fume hoods?

  • Area is free from odours?

  • Noise level is acceptable ?

  • Adequate ventilation

Emergency Procedures

  • Have written procedures been posted ? (e.g evacuation plan, emergency procedure for an acid or flammable substance spill etc.)

  • All staff and students are inducted re: emergency procedures and know their nearest emergency personnel/first aider

  • Type of fire extinguishers present :

  • Extinguisher of appropriate type is within 20 meters

  • Tag on extinguisher/s has been checked within the last 6 months

  • Emergency alarms can be heard in the area

  • Emergency exit signage is clearly visible

  • Escape routes are in good order

First-Aid Facilities

  • A first aid kit is in reach within 5 minutes ?

  • First-aid kits have been checked and maintained regularly ?

  • Names of the nearest available qualified first-aid personnel:

  • Emergency washing facilities:

  • Emergency washing facilities are in working order and consist of:

  • Washing facilities were last checked and tagged on:

  • Appropriate spill-kits are available

General Laboratory Facilities

  • Laboratory users have separate write-up area/s

  • Food and drinks not permitted in the laboratory area

  • Outsourced cleaning of area is adequate (i.e. to the required standards)

  • Are risk assessments completed on laboratory procedures? (evidence to be sighted)
    Please refer to http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/management/toolkit to access appropriate forms.

  • Warning and safety signage is in place for high risk tasks

  • Procedure, plant and equipment manuals (or SOP's) are current and available

Chemical Storage and Management

  • Chemical storage Images

  • DG cabinets available in the laboratory

  • Details of other DG cabinets or a particular DG cabinet being used alternatively:

  • Decant (or secondary) containers (if in use) are appropriately labelled with chemical name/s and DG class/es

  • Any 'time-sensitive' chemicals present in laboratory?

  • Please establish a set routine to inspect these chemicals (for e.g. first day of each month) or no later than once every three months.

  • Potential security issues :

  • Please ensure the laboratory is appropriately locked and secure when unattended

  • Permits sighted and appropriate chemical storage ensured

  • Chemical storage

  • Other issues:

  • Is ChemAlert being used for chemical management?

  • ChemAlert inventory is up to date?

  • Chemical management system in use:

  • Chemical inventory (as provided to SHW) is explicit?

  • Details required:

  • Are SDS's available and up to date?

  • A register of old (such as BDH brand) chemicals, biochemicals or other reagents (which are not available on ChemAlert or for which SDS's are not available) is maintained.

Chemical Disposal

  • Is there a chemical disposal plan in place ?

  • When was the last chemical disposal done:

  • Information on next chemical disposal and manifestation training provided

  • Not applicable:

  • Waste is segregated and stored appropriately, away from drains ?

  • Waste containers are provided where required and labelled appropriately with waste type and DG diamonds.

Gas Cylinders

  • Gas cylinders:

  • Cylinder storage:

  • Cylinder sizes :

  • Other size:

  • Cylinder storage:

  • Cylinder sizes:

  • Other size:

  • Type of gases being used :

  • Other gases or details of gas mixtures used:

Fume-hoods and Biosafety cabinets

  • Biosafety cabinets present in the laboratory?

  • Number of cabinets:

  • Class:

  • Images:

  • Certification:

  • Are they clutter free?

  • Fume-hoods present in the laboratory?

  • Number of fume hoods in the laboratory:

  • Images:

  • Certification:

  • Are they clutter free?

Electrical Equipment

  • Does all equipment and leads have current test tags?

  • Leads/cables causing trip hazards?

  • Fridges/cool rooms are spark-proof if being used to store flammables?

  • Non-spark proof fridges etc. have a 'No flammable items to be stored in this ......' Stickers on them.

  • Double adapters in use?

Radiation Safety

  • Any radioactive materials in use?

  • Contact Mr Paul Magill (UWA Radiation Safety Officer) or Mr Lyall Munslow-Davies (Senior Health Physicist) to organize an audit.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • PPE is provided where necessary and is appropriate for the tasks

  • Staff is trained and instructed to use PPE ?

  • Correctly stored and maintained

Other Issues

  • Are there any other issues in the laboratory?

  • Images:

  • Issue:

Areas of Major Concern

  • Items requiring attention, prior to next annual inspection

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