Damaged electrical outlet (Item of Concern): Repair is needed on electrical outlet. Submit request for repair through AggieWorks.
Blocked electrical panel (Item of Concern): Remove items that block access to the electrical panel.
Power strips in fume hood (Item of Concern): Remove electrical strips from fume hood.
Blocked evacuation routes (Deficiency): Keep evacuation/exit routes clear of obstructions.
Blocked fire extinguisher (Deficiency): Remove obstruction blocking fire extinguisher.
Discharged fire extinguisher (Item of Concern): Fire extinguisher has been discharged. Complete an “Accident/Investigation Form” for the incident or near-miss, and submit the form to the EHS inspector within 24 hours.
Damaged fire extinguisher (Item of Concern): Fire extinguisher is damaged. EHS inspector will notify Fire & Life Safety personnel.
Food/drink in lab (Deficiency): Food and beverages may not be consumed, stored, or prepared in lab areas.
Sink/water needed (Item of Concern): Provide running water for hand washing.
Soap needed (Item of Concern): Provide soap for hand washing.
Paper towels needed (Item of Concern): Provide paper towels for drying hands after washing.
Unsecured sharps (Deficiency): Secure razors, knives, needles, microtome blades, and other sharps to be reused in rigid protective cases.
Spilled chemicals (Deficiency): Clean up spilled chemicals on bench top, in fume hood, or on floor.
Clutter in lab (Item of Concern): Dispose of clutter, including unnecessary boxes, old equipment, and trash.
Dirty fume hood (Item of Concern): Clean dirty fume hood.
Dirty work surface (Item of Concern): Clean dirty or untidy workspace or lab bench.
Damaged cryogenic cylinder (Deficiency): Ribbing, excessive ice buildup on tank, cracked gaskets, excessive rust, etc. are indications that the cryogenic cylinder is in poor condition. Contact service provider to have cylinder serviced.
Improperly secured gas cylinder (Item of Concern): Properly secure compressed gas cylinder(s) with a device designed for such use. Ropes and bungee cords are not permitted for securing cylinders.
Gas cylinders secured in group (Item of Concern): Secure compressed gas cylinder(s) individually, not in groups.
Gas cylinder missing safety cap (Item of Concern): Apply safety cap to cylinders when not in use.
Unshielded glass under pressure (Item of Concern): Shield and/or wrap tape around glass that is under vacuum pressure (Rotovap, glass Dewars, etc.).
Glass items on floor (Item of Concern): Do not store glass items directly on the floor. Place in cabinets or in secondary containment.
Unguarded moving parts (Deficiency): Guard exposed, moving parts of equipment, including pinch points and belts.
Tripping hazard (Item of Concern): Relocate, tape down, or otherwise secure electrical cords, computer cables and/or hoses that present tripping hazards.
Items on fume hood knobs (Item of Concern): Remove items that are hanging on fume hood control knobs.
Airflow obstructed in fume hood (Deficiency): To avoid obstructing airflow in the fume hood, place items at least 6 inches back from the face of the hood and 6 inches away from the baffles in the rear of the hood.
Clutter in fume hood (Item of Concern): Remove clutter from fume hood.
Chemicals stored in fume hood (Item of Concern): Remove chemicals stored in fume hood. Return them to chemical storage cabinets.
Loose paper in fume hood (Item of Concern): Remove loose paper (paper towels, Kim wipes, notebook paper) from fume hood. Paper can become lodged in the ductwork, and removing it requires significant monetary costs and labor.
Fume hood sash left up (Item of Concern): Pull fume hood sash down completely when the hood is unattended. Pull down to lowest working level when working in the hood.
Blocked emergency shower (Deficiency): Remove obstruction(s) blocking emergency shower to ensure clear access to this safety equipment.
Flush the eyewash unit and make sure it's functional
Ensure appropriate PPE (eye protection, lab coats, gloves, etc.) and clothing (no shorts, bare midriffs, unsecured long hair, dangling jewelry or open-toed shoes) are available in the lab.
Excessive flammables outside of flammable cabinet (Deficiency): Store flammable chemicals in excess of 10 gallons in a flammable storage cabinet.
Improper storage of flammables (Item of Concern): Store flammable chemicals in flammable storage cabinet.
Old non-time sensitive chemicals (Item of Concern): Noted non-time sensitive chemicals older than 5 years in the lab. Periodically review chemical inventory. Dispose of old chemicals that are no longer used. Label non-time-sensitive chemicals that are still in use with current 'in use' date.
Peroxide forming chemicals out of date (Deficiency): Explosive peroxide forming chemicals and oxidants such as ethyl ether, tetrahydrofuran (THF), perchloric acid, cyclohexene, butadiene, isopropyl ether and dioxanes must be used within 1 year of purchase or 6 months after opening and must be disposed of before the expiration date. Tag these chemicals for disposal immediately if past these time constraints.
Undated chemicals (Item of Concern): Date chemicals when received and again when opened. If date of acquisition or opening is unknown, back-date to the oldest known date for a reference point, e.g. "REC'D PRE-2010" or “OPENED PRE-2010”
Unstable chemicals (Deficiency): Do not attempt to open or move peroxide-forming and oxidizing chemicals (such as ethyl ether, THF, perchloric acid, cyclohexene, butadiene, isopropyl ether and dioxanes) with crust on lid, stratification of liquid, discoloration, or crystallization. (EHS will follow-up with PI).
Damaged chemical container (Item of Concern): Repackage or dispose of chemicals in deteriorated containers.
Missing or damaged chemical cap (Item of Concern): Replace cracked or missing cap on chemical container.
Unsegregated chemicals (Deficiency): Segregate chemicals by hazard class (flammable, corrosive, oxidizer, reactive, toxic). Recommend using a color-coded labeling system on chemical containers to quickly identify the hazard class. For more information, see the EHS Laboratory Safety webpage (https://ehsd.tamu.edu/Pages/LabSafety.aspx).
Hazardous liquids above eyelevel (Item of Concern): Do not store hazardous liquid chemicals above the eye level of the shortest person working in the lab.
Chemicals on workbench (Item of Concern): To avoid cluttering workspaces, do not store multiple chemicals on workbenches. Return chemicals to storage cabinets when they are not actively being used.
Chemicals on edge of bench top (Item of Concern): Do not place chemical bottles on the edge of the bench top, where they can easily be knocked to the floor.
Heavy chemicals on upper shelves (Item of Concern): Store heavy chemical containers on the lowest shelves.
Chemicals on floor (Item of Concern): Do not store chemicals directly on the floor. Rather, store them in approved cabinets or in secondary containers large enough to hold the entire contents of the bottle in case of a spill.
Old samples present (Deficiency): Dispose of old samples that are no longer needed.
Full waste containers (Deficiency): Dispose of filled chemical waste containers.
Improper glass disposal (Deficiency): Dispose of broken glass in a covered sturdy box marked "BROKEN GLASS."
Over-filled glass waste (Deficiency): Do not overfill glass waste container. Glass should not protrude over lip of disposal container.
Improperly labeled chemical waste (Item of Concern): Label chemical waste container with the words "HAZARDOUS WASTE" or tie a Hazardous Waste Disposal tag on the container with string.
Hazardous waste not identified (Item of Concern): List the chemical contents on the waste disposal container or on the Hazardous Waste Disposal tag tied to the container.
Dated hazardous waste disposal tags (Item of Concern): DO NOT date Hazardous Waste Disposal tag. EHS will date the tag at time of pick-up.
Damaged/missing chemical label (Deficiency): Replace missing or deteriorating labels on primary (original) chemical containers.
Improperly labeled secondary container (Item of Concern): Ensure that all containers (squeeze bottles, flasks, dilutions, etc.) are labeled with the complete name of the contents, even those that contain water or are a part of equipment or experiments. The label should also include words, pictures, and/or symbols to notify users of the hazards of the chemicals. Replace fading/deteriorated labels.
Other: See Comments.