General Safety Audit Checklist
Conducted By: _______________________________ Date of Audit: _________________
Location : _______________________________
I. Hazard Communication – 29 CFR 1910.1200
Primary & secondary chemical containers are labeled with identity,
appropriate hazard warnings, and expiration dates.
Signs on storage areas (e.g. Refrigerators) and laboratories are
consistent with hazards within.
MSDS binders are available for chemicals used and stored in area.
Employees know the location of the MSDS binders for their work area.
II. Chemical Hygiene Plan (Work Practices) – 29 CFR 1910.1450
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Food and beverages are not stored in the laboratory areas, refrigerators or in
glassware that are also used for laboratory operations.
Pipetting is performed by mechanical means.
Required PPE is being worn.
Used needles are stored in appropriate sharps containers.
No recapping of needles is performed.
Inspection/Certification of hood face velocity.
Hoods are not being used for storage.
Laboratory and storage areas uncluttered and orderly (including benchtop).
Aisles & exits are free from obstruction.
Incompatible materials are segregated.
Unnecessary, unused, or outdated materials are removed from laboratories
and chemical storage areas.
Safety showers and eye wash stations are located within 10 seconds, per
Safety showers and eye wash stations are inspected weekly. ANSI Z358.1.
III. Personal Protective Equipment – 29 CFR 1910.132 – 139
Hazard assessment conducted and certified.
Hand protection is available and matched to hazards involved.
Eye protection is available and in use in all laboratories.
Lab coats, tyvek garments etc. are available and in use.
Respirators are provided when necessary, and selected on the basis of
Respirators are used correctly, cleaned after every use, and stored in a
convenient, clean and sanitary area.
Medical surveillance for employees wearing respirators.
Training and fit testing for employees wearing respirators.
Hearing Conservation program if required by 29 CFR 1910.95.
Hearing protection available if required.
Audiograms and training provided if required.
IV. Flammable Liquids Storage & Handling – 29 CFR 1910.106
Flammable liquids are stored and used away from ignition sources.
Bulk quantities of flammable liquids are stored in approved storage cabinets.
Flammable liquid storage cabinets are properly labeled.
Flammable liquid storage cabinets close properly.
Safety cans used to handle small quantities of flammable liquids are properly
Nothing is stored on top of flammable cabinets.
V. Compressed Gas Cylinders – 29 CFR 1910.101
Gas cylinders are properly chained/secured.
Cylinder caps are in place when cylinders are not in use or being moved.
Fuel gas cylinders are at least 20 feet away from oxygen cylinders.
Gas cylinders are properly marked as to their contents.
Full and empty cylinders are stored separately.
Empty gas cylinders are labeled “EMPTY”.
Gas lines, piping, manifold, etc. are labeled with the identity of their contents.
Hoses, tubing, and regulators are in good working condition.
VI. Exit Routes & Fire Protection – Subpart E
Exits are clearly marked.
Exits are free from obstruction.
All fire doors are kept closed.
Fire alarms are provided.
Emergency evacuation routes are clearly posted.
Emergency exit lights are working and clear of obstruction.
Fire extinguishers are available and an appropriate type for the hazard in the
Fire extinguishers are checked monthly.
Fire detection devices, smoke alarms, and sprinkler systems are in good
working condition. Annual or biannual inspection records are available.
VII. Medical/First Aid – 29 CFR 1910.151
First-aid supplies are readily available and clearly visible.
Biological spill kits are available and appropriate for the hazard.
Written Exposure Control Plan is available if required by 29 CFR 1910.1030.
Training and Hepatitis B Vaccine if required by 29 CFR 1910.1030
VIII. General Environmental Controls – 29 CFR 1910 Sub J
Confined Space Entry procedure as required by 29 CFR 1910.146.
Lockout/Tagout Program as required by 29 CFR 1910.147.
Specific equipment lockout/tagout procedures have been developed.
Fire extinguishers are available.
Hot Work Permit program developed for welding, cutting, or brazing per
29 CFR 1910.252.
IX. Other Labeling & Posting
Warning signs and labels are present whenever required (e.g.
carcinogen, mutagen) where chemicals are stored.
Biohazard symbols are posted on access doors to biohazard
laboratories and animal rooms and on potentially contaminated
“No Smoking” signs are posted in prohibited areas.
“Caution- Radioactive Material” signs are posted on doors of all
authorized laboratories, and on refrigerators/freezers where materials
X. Hazardous Waste Management
Hazardous waste storage areas inspected weekly.
Waste streams are separated as necessary.
Containers of hazardous waste are labeled properly with the date and
name of person discarding waste.
Biological waste is appropriately marked with a biohazard symbol.
Syringes and other sharp waste are disposed of into a sharps container
and placed directly into biohazard waste container.
Radioactive waste is properly marked with radiation symbol.
XI. Miscellaneous Requirements
Abrasive Wheels – 29 CFR 1910.215 – Guards on side,
eyeshields/visors in place, and work rests within 1/8”.
Electrical – 29 CFR 1910.302-308, .331-.335 – Clearance in front of
electrical panels, no openings in electrical panels. No “permanent” use
of extension cords. Proper cords.
Emergency Response – 29 CFR 1910.120 – Employees responding to
spills are properly trained.
Forklifts (and other PIT’s) – 29 CFR 1910.178 – Daily inspection logs.
No smoking signs at charging station.
Hand/Power Tools – 29 CFR 1910.241-.244 – General condition of
tools and cords. Compressed air regulated to below 30 psi when used
Recordkeeping 29 CFR 1904 – OSHA 300 Log, Form 300 A Summary,
OSHA 301 forms.
Slings -29 CFR 1910.184 – Weight limits posted, slings in good
condition, inspected periodically.
Spray Finishing – 29 CFR 1910.107 – Filter changeout schedule.
Equipment rated for hazardous locations.