Inspection Team Members:
Workshop Room No:
The general area is tidy and free of obstruction and mess.
Spaces between and under benches, cabinets and equipment are accessible for cleaning.
Walkways/floor areas are clear of obstructions and trip hazards (e.g. electrical cords).
Floor surfaces/coverings are even, not slippery and are in good condition
Stair treads are in good condition (no worn or broken treads).
Handrails present, secure, and in good condition
Landings are clear of obstruction.
Lighting adequate and operational
Temperature is comfortable
Area is free from odours
Noise level is acceptable or controlled to an adequate level
Ventilation is adequate
Hand basin or alternative means of decontaminating hands is available within the area.
Facilities for the storage of outer garments and personal items are available outside the room.
Walkways/forklift areas are clearly marked
First aid signage is visible and contains details of first aid officers for the area.
An Emergency Evacuation Diagram (from FMD) is located in the near vicinity and is clearly displayed.
Exit signs are in place and illuminated.
Building warden signage is visible and contains details of building wardens for the area.
Hazard/safety signage on entrance/s clearly visible and contains information including:
Authorized access only
No food or drink
Type of chemicals
Lab supervisor details
Exit doors are marked, clearly visible and can be opened from inside (no pad-locks).
Exit corridors are clear of obstructions (including outside of the building).
A first aid kit is located in the near vicinity.
Fire equipment (fire blanket, extinguisher, hose reel) is accessible and clear of obstruction.
Fire equipment (fire blanket, extinguisher, hose reel) have been inspected/tagged within the last 6 months.
Overhead sprinklers and detectors are clear of obstruction.
Safety shower and emergency eye wash station is functional and easily accessible.
‘Experiments in Progress’ are labeled with procedures outlining response in case of emergency
Electrical equipment tested, tagged and in date.
All power leads, outlets and switches are in good condition (not broken).
Extension leads / power boards are used as designed (no temporary or makeshift leads/power boards, double adaptors, overloading).
Hazardous Manual Tasks
Frequently used items within easy reach between knee and shoulder height, heavy items stored at waist height.
Step ladders or stools are accessible to access items stored on high shelves if required and are in good condition.
Materials handling equipment available for heavy or awkward items and loads
Personal Protective Equipment
PPE is available and in good condition.
PPE is stored appropriately.
Signage of PPE requirements displayed.
Chemicals stored in appropriate containers.
Containers are labelled correctly (e.g. not handwritten, label contains minimum chemical name and GHS pictogram).
Chemicals are stored according to compatibility. Compatibility chart is readily available.
Dangerous goods cabinets are used and maintained in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard including:
Self-closing and close fitting doors
Locking automatically (flammable)
Locking mechanism in 2 or more places (flammable/corrosive)
Self-releasing locking mechanism (oxidizing agents and organic peroxides)
Clearance from ignition/heat sources (flammable, oxidizing agents, organic peroxides)
Other specific requirements
Maximum volumes of chemicals in laboratory inventory has been checked (and recorded) against ChemAlert stock holdings in the past 12 months
There is bunding or spill trays for the storage of hazardous liquids.
Spill kits are available and maintained.
Refrigerators used to store flammable materials are intrinsically safe.
Refrigerators are suitably labeled (e.g. no food, no drink, no flammables, biohazard).
Segregated waste disposable containers are available and labelled correctly.
Materials that are subject to spontaneous combustion, such as oily rags and paint rags, placed in approved oily waste cans that are emptied daily.
Compressed gas cylinder contents are appropriately identified.
Cylinders are secured appropriately by bracket or chain.
All cylinders are at least 3m away from ignition sources, combustible material and are stored according to dangerous goods class with compatible gases.
Empty cylinders are separated from full cylinders and clearly labelled
Appropriate resources (eg. cylinder trolley) are available for transporting gas cylinders.
The regulator is appropriate for the gas being used (e.g. stainless steel for corrosive gases, brass for non-corrosive gases)
Gas lines are labelled and free of leaks, kinks, signs of wear & tear.
Gas use is confined to areas with good local exhaust ventilation.
Cylinders, pipes and valves are protected from mechanical damage.
Dewars < 25 L have handles and loose fitting lids.
Dewars > 25 L have wheels and pressure release valves.
Cryogen storage areas are appropriately ventilated.
Floor/area free from water and being wet
Drains (floors and sink ) clear and free flowing
Taps free from drips
Plant & Equipment
Area around plant clean
Plant and equipment maintained and in good condition
Plant cannot be operated/accessed when unattended
Emergency stops are working.
Guarding on plant and equipment is in good condition
Log book maintained for use
Warning labels/procedures on equipment
Welding screens maintained and in good condition
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)