Laboratory Safety Inspection Checklist

 

Conducted By:                                                                           Date of Inspection:_________________

                                                                                               

                                                                                               

                                                                                               

                                                                                               

 

Location (room # & building):       ____________________________

 

Principal Investigator/Supervisor: ____________________________

 

I.   Laboratory Work Practices

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        No smoking, food & beverages rules are observed.

        Food and beverages are not stored in the laboratory areas, refrigerators or in glassware that is also used for laboratory operations.

Yes/No

 

        Pipetting is performed by mechanical means.

Yes/No

 

        Laboratory surfaces are cleaned; disinfected or decontaminated after work is performed.

Yes/No

 

        Required PPE is being worn.

Yes/No

 

        Used needles are stored in appropriate sharps containers

 

 

        Syringes are needle locking..

Yes/No

 

        No recapping of needles is performed.

Yes/No

 

        Hoods are not being used for storage.

Yes/No

 

 

II. Housekeeping

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Laboratory and storage areas uncluttered and orderly (including benchtop).

Yes/No

 

        Aisles & exits are free from obstruction.

Yes/No

 

        Work surfaces are protected from contamination.

Yes/No

 

        Electrical cords are in good condition and are UL listed.

Yes/No

 

        Tools and equipment are in good repair and electrically grounded.

Yes/No

 

        Tops of cabinets and shelves are free from stored items.

Yes/No

 

        Heavy objects are confined to lower shelves.

Yes/No

 

        Glassware is free from cracks, chips, sharp edges and other defects.

Yes/No

 

        Broken glass containers are available and in use.

Yes/No

 

 


III. Personal Protective Equipment

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Protective gloves are available and matched to hazards involved.

Yes/No

 

        Eye protection is available and in use in all laboratories.

Yes/No

 

        Lab coats, tyvek garments etc. are available and in use.

Yes/No

 

        Lab coats are only worn in the laboratory and are removed before entering offices, lunchrooms, rest rooms, conference rooms and other non-laboratory general use areas. (This includes disposable protective clothing).

Yes/No

 

        Dirty lab coats/uniforms are stored in a covered container until removed for laundering.

Yes/No

 

        Appropriate protective clothing is available and in use when working with radioactive materials.

Yes/No

 

        Respirators are provided when necessary, and selected on the basis of hazard present.

Yes/No

 

        Respirators are used correctly, cleaned after every use and stored in a convenient, clean and sanitary area.

Yes/No

 

 

IV. Hazard Communication

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Primary & secondary chemical containers are labeled with identity, appropriate hazard warnings, and expiration dates.

Yes/No

 

        Signs on storage areas (e.g. Refrigerators) and laboratories are consistent with hazards within.

Yes/No

 

        MSDS binders are available for chemicals used and stored in area.

Yes/No

 

        Employees know the location of the MSDS binders for their work area.

Yes/No

 

        Satellite MSDS collections are complete and readily available at all times to labs.

Yes/No

 

 

V. Chemical Storage

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

       Incompatible materials are segregated.

Yes/No

 

        Corrosives and flammables are stored below eye level.

Yes/No

 

        Hazardous materials used/stored in the laboratory are limited to small quantities.

Yes/No

 

        Unnecessary, unused, or outdated materials are removed from laboratories and chemical storage areas.

Yes/No

 

        Safety carriers are available and in use while transporting chemicals.

Yes/No

 

        All lab carts have side-rails.

Yes/No

 

        All containers are properly labeled with: Name, Date, Contents, Lab #

Yes/No

 

 


VI. Flammable Liquids Storage & Handling

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Flammable liquids are stored and used away from ignition sources.

Yes/No

 

        Bulk quantities of flammable liquids are stored in approved storage cabinets.

Yes/No

 

        Flammable liquid storage cabinets are properly labeled.

Yes/No

 

        Flammable liquid storage cabinets close properly.

Yes/No

 

        Flammables stored on open shelves in glass or plastic containers are within permissible quantities (limit =           )

Yes/No

 

        Safety cans used to handle small quantities of flammable liquids are properly labeled.

Yes/No

 

        Solvent waste cans are labeled properly with: Name, Contents, Lab #.

Yes/No

 

        Nothing is stored on top of flammable cabinets.

Yes/No

 

 

VII. Compressed Gas Cylinders

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Gas cylinders are properly chained/secured.

Yes/No

 

        Cylinder caps are in place when cylinders are not in use or being moved.

Yes/No

 

        Gas cylinders are transported on a cart with chains.

Yes/No

 

        Gas cylinders are stored away from excessive heat.

Yes/No

 

        Fuel gas cylinders are at least 20 feet away from oxygen cylinders.

Yes/No

 

        Gas cylinders are properly marked as to their contents.

Yes/No

 

        Full and empty cylinders are stored separately.

Yes/No

 

        Empty gas cylinders are labeled EMPTY.

Yes/No

 

        Gas lines, piping, manifold, etc. are labeled with the identity of their contents.

Yes/No

 

        Hoses, tubing and regulators are in good working condition.

Yes/No

 

 


 


VIII. Waste Handling: Hazardous, Non-Hazardous & Biological

 

Yes/No

Comments

        No liquid waste is disposed of in the sinks or the sewer.

Yes/No

 

        Hazardous wastes are not accumulated for longer than one month in the laboratory.

Yes/No

 

        Waste streams are separated as necessary: ex. Solid vs. liquid, hazardous vs. non-hazardous, halogenated vs non-halogenated, etc..

Yes/No

 

        Waste containers are appropriately tagged before placing in waste room.

Yes/No

 

        Containers of hazardous waste are labeled properly with the date and name of person discarding waste.

Yes/No

 

        Biological waste is appropriately marked with a biohazard symbol.

Yes/No

 

        Syringes and other sharp waste are disposed of into a sharps container and placed directly into biohazard waste container.

Yes/No

 

        Waste material is not allowed to accumulate on the floors, in corners or under shelves/tables in laboratories.

Yes/No

 

        Radioactive waste is properly marked with radiation symbol.

Yes/No

 

 


IX. Means of Egress and Emergency Exits

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Exits are clearly marked.

Yes/No

 

        Exits are free from obstruction.

Yes/No

 

        All fire doors are self-closing.

Yes/No

 

        All fire doors are kept closed.

Yes/No

 

        Fire alarms are provided.

Yes/No

 

        Telephones are labeled with emergency numbers.

Yes/No

 

        Emergency evacuation routes are clearly posted.

Yes/No

 

        Emergency evacuation routes are posted in common hallways.

Yes/No

 

        Emergency exit lights are working and clear of obstruction.

Yes/No

 

 

X. Safety Equipment

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Safety showers and eye wash stations are located within 75 of all laboratories.

Yes/No

 

        Safety showers and eye wash stations are clearly labeled, and these areas are clear from obstruction.

Yes/No

 

        All showers and eye wash stations are clean, covers are replaced and they in good working condition.

Yes/No

 

        Fire extinguishers are available.

Yes/No

 

        Fire extinguishers are the appropriate type for the hazard in the work area.

Yes/No

 

        Fire extinguishers are checked monthly.  Date of last check: _________

Yes/No

 

        Fire detection devices, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, lighted exit signs are in good working condition.

Yes/No

 

        First-aid supplies are readily available and clearly visible.

Yes/No

 

        Spill team list is clearly posted in laboratories.

Yes/No

 

 

XI. Other Labeling & Posting

 

 

 

Yes/No

Comments

        Warning signs and labels are present whenever required (e.g. carcinogen, mutagen) where chemicals are stored.

Yes/No

 

        No Smoking signs are posted in prohibited areas.

Yes/No

 

        Caution- Radioactive Material signs are posted on doors of all authorized laboratories, and on refrigerators/freezers where materials are stored.

Yes/No

 

        Biohazard symbols are posted on access doors to biohazard laboratories and animal rooms and on potentially contaminated equipment.

Yes/No

 

XII. Miscellaneous & Notes