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Laboratory Health and Safety Self-Audit Inspection Checklist

Regular safety and health inspections can help your company uncover safety or health risks; reduce or eliminate the chances of an incident. This checklist will also help educate your employees on workplace hazards.
MaintainX
07/22/2022

Laboratory Health and Safety Self-Audit Inspection Checklist

Regular safety and health inspections can help your company uncover safety or health risks; reduce or eliminate the chances of an incident. This checklist will also help educate your employees on workplace hazards.
  • Building:

  • Room:

  • Principal Investigator:

  • Date:

  • Audit Performed By:

  • General Work Environment

  • Work areas illuminated

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage of combustible materials minimized

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Trash removed promptly

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Aisles and passageways kept clear

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Wet surfaces covered with non-slip material

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Heavy items stored on lower shelves

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Means available to reach items stored above shoulder level

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage at least 18 inches below sprinkler head

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage at least 24 inches below ceiling

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Exits

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Security/controls where required for select materials

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Pits and floor openings covered or guarded

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Emergency Planning

  • Facilities

  • Fire extinguishers mounted near doorway

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fire extinguishers unobstructed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fire extinguisher fully charged

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fire extinguisher tamper indicator in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Eyewash and safety showers available in close proximity and unobstructed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fire alarm pull stations unobstructed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Emergency lights functional

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Inspections

  • Fire extinguisher inspected

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) inspected

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Eyewash and safety shower inspected

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Procedure

  • Spill control plan completed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Spill control materials available and adequate to cover anticipated spills

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Required Information/Postings

  • Written Emergency Action Plan

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Material Safety Data Sheets Readily accessible

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Written Chemical Hygiene Plan available in lab

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Written Respiratory Protection Program

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Documentation of Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment and training

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Postings

  • Emergency Information Posters accurate and current

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • OSHA poster

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Telephones posted with 911 sticker

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Building Evacuation Routes posted

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Ice making machines posted Not for Human Consumption

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fire Code Permits posted (when required)

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Eye and face protection available where needed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Areas requiring the use of eye protection posted

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Open toe shoes prohibited in areas where corrosives are used

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Respirator use:

  • Appropriate respirator/appropriate cartridge used

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • User enrolled in respiratory protection program

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Electrical Hazards

  • Flexible cords in good condition

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Cover plate in place for outlets and switches

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Circuit breaker panels unobstructed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Machine/instrument access panels in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • No exposed electrical conductors (50 volts or more)

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Multiplug adapters have overload protection

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • No extension cords used

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) used for wet/exterior use

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Guards/covers used for electrophoresis devices

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Chemical Storage

  • Facilities

  • Shelving adequate for loads imposed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Refrigeration units for chemical storage labeled No Food

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Refrigeration units for food labeled Food Only

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Chemical storage cabinets properly labeled

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Ventilated gas cabinets used for highly toxic gases

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • No volatile chemical storage in unventilated environmental chambers

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Containers

  • Containers clearly labeled with chemical name(s)

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Containers kept closed except during transfers

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage strictly limited in actively used fume hoods

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Containers compatible with the chemical

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Procedures

  • Chemicals segregated to avoid incompatibilities

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Large/heavy containers stored on lower shelves

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Corrosives not stored above eye level

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage quantities minimized

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Secondary containers used during transport of more than one pint of chemicals

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Materials with shelf lives dated and disposed of per supplier’s recommendations

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Lab check-out procedures for departing lab workers in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fire code permits obtained

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Flammable Liquids

  • Used in fume hood or well-ventilated area

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Stored in flammable liquid storage cabinet for more than 10 gallons per room

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Refrigeration units approved for flammables storage

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Flammables separated from strong oxidizers

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Class ABC or BC fire extinguisher available

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Flammable liquids not stored near hot plates or other ignition sources

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Compressed Gases

  • Used in well ventilated area

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Toxic, flammable, corrosive gases used in fume hood

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage quantities minimized

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Secured from tipping in use

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Regulators compatible with gas cylinder

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Cylinder carts used for transport

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Protective valve caps in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Empty or unused gas cylinders promptly returned to supplier

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Cryogenics

  • Personal protective equipment used to avoid skin contact

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Used/dispensed with good ventilation

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Containers vented or pressure relief devices provided

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Low temperature embrittlement considered

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Glass dewars shielded

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Waste Disposal

  • Containers kept sealed except during transfer

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Containers labeled with the words Hazardous Waste

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Constituents of the waste described on the container label

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Storage limited to < 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Glass chemical containers recycled per established procedures

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Separate disposal containers available for broken glass

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Containers compatible with waste

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Ventilation

  • Each chemical fume hood has been surveyed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fume hood vents (baffles) unobstructed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Fume hoods used with sash in appropriate position

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Chemical storage strictly limited in actively used hoods

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Other local exhaust devices (e.g. gas cabinets, elephant trunks) surveyed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Laminar Flow Cabinets posted

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Pressure/Vacuum Systems

  • System components properly designed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Pressure relief devices provided and inspected

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Corrosion prevention considered

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Written operating procedures available

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Inspection/Maintenance procedure in place

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Failure analysis and hazard control documented

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Glass vessels shielded/enclosed

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Operators trained/authorized

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Security

  • Doors to the lab operate, close and lock properly.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Windows operate, close and lock properly.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Alarm systems are operating properly.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Keys and access cards are kept in a secure area, out of sight.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Training/Awareness

  • Training

  • Workers have attended Laboratory Safety Training

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Workers have attended Emergency Action Plan Training

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Workers have attended Laboratory Security Training

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Workers have attended a laboratory orientation

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Workers have had training beyond EHS training

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Training (EHS and departmental) is documented

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Awareness: Do laboratory workers know

  • what to do in the event of an emergency, such as fire, injury, including evacuation routes

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • how to clean up chemical spills

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • the location/contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • the Chemical Hygiene Officer and Safety Manager for the department

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • what an MSDS is and where to find them and other safety information

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • what type of personal protective equipment to use and when to use it

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • what to do with chemical waste

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • what are the most hazardous materials you use and what precautions to take

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • if any of the materials used in the lab are carcinogens, highly toxic agents or reproductive toxins. If so, have you completed a prior approval form?

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • where and how to use emergency equipment, such as safety showers and eyewash stations

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • to question unfamiliar visitors in the lab

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • the contents of the Laboratory Security Policy

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • if anyone in the laboratory is conducting unauthorized research activities

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • to report unusual or suspicious conditions and security incidents to Public Safety

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
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