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									                                         Safety Inspection
                                         Checklist - Science
Worksite managers are required to conduct a safety inspection on at least an annual basis. Extreme or high risk
hazards identified must be addressed immediately. Other hazards and/or issues identified during safety inspections
must be corrected at the time, or, included on an OHS&W Action Plan. An action plan should be prepared in
conjunction with this checklist and the hazards and/or issues identified addressed in accordance with their level of
risk. References to the relevant OHS&W Regulations are made within headings.
This checklist provides guidance only. It is not intended as a definitive list for the identification of all hazards. Sites
are advised to modify this list as needed in accordance with their own circumstances,


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                                                                                            Action if Required
 Animals
 Are animal cages clean and maintained in safe, good condition?
 Are animals healthy?
 Are disposable gloves available for handling specimens when
 appropriate?

 Buildings (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010, Part 2)                                        Action if Required
 Is the area clean and tidy?
 Is there sufficient space for each person to perform their work safely?
 Are floor surfaces maintained in a safe condition and suitable for the type
 of activities conducted?
 Are walls, ceilings and roofs safe and in good condition?
 Are steps/stairs/ramps in a safe condition with non-slip surface, and
 secure handrails where needed?
 Are doors, windows, locks and latches in good condition and working
 order?
 Is guarding (mesh fitted) and signage in place for any fragile roof area/s?
 Is there adequate ventilation?
 Is the lighting adequate to work safely?

 Electrical (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010, Division 2.5)                                 Action if Required
 Is electrical equipment in good condition and tested as required by the
 department’s electrical testing procedure?
 Are power boards, air pumps, power cords and power outlets at least 200
 mm above any source of water?
 Do all power boards have an overload switch?
 Does the area have Residual Current Device (RCD) protection?
 Do stoves/cookers have an isolation switch?
 Are electrical cables/cords kept clear of walkways etc?




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 Fire Safety and Emergency Response (Refer to OHS&W Regulations                             Action if Required
 2010, Division 2.7.62)
 Are safety rules, emergency information and evacuation routes
 prominently displayed?
 Can the alarm be heard in this area (when applicable)?
 Are doorways, walkways and evacuation exits kept clear and at least 600
 mm wide?
 Can external exit doors be opened from the inside without a key and are
 they identified with an appropriate sign?
 Is fire control equipment easily accessible, signed, regularly tested and of
 the appropriate type?
 Is emergency lighting available if necessary? (e.g. chemical bunkers)
 Does the facility have emergency isolation for gas where?
 Is an approved first aid kit readily available and stocked appropriately?
 (Refer to the Code of Practice for Occupational First Aid)

 Fume Cupboards (Refer OHS&W Regulations 2010)                                              Action if Required
 Are electrical switches located outside the cupboard?
 Does the fume extraction system operate effectively?
 Do fume cupboards have a sliding screen to protect the operator?
 Are combustible materials stored in or under fume cupboards?
 (inappropriate)
 Is the cupboard located appropriately (i.e. not compromised by
  draughts, air conditioners, walkways etc)?
 Are emergency isolation switches available and clearly identified?

 Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010)                         Action if Required
 Is all furniture safe and in good condition?
 Are light fittings/fixtures and ceiling fans in good condition and working
 order?
 Are chairs fitted with roller casters used on vinyl floors?
 Are hanging displays hazardous?

 General (Refer to OHS&W Regulations, 2010)                                                 Action if Required
 Have any other hazards such as sharps, glare, noise, fumes or vermin
 been identified?
 Are hand-washing facilities available?
 Are all gas and water pipes clearly labelled?
 Is a fume extraction system in place where required?
 Are isolation valves readily accessible and clearly labelled?
 Is the area contaminated by blood or offal?
 Is hazardous biological material evident?
 Are gas taps in good working order?
 Does the facility have readily accessible emergency isolation points for
 gas in each work area?




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 Hazardous Substances (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010, Division                            Action if Required
 1.3.20-25, 3.2, 4 and the Hazardous Substances Procedure.)
 Does the area have a dedicated chemical storage area? (see attached
 checklist)
 Does the facility have a dedicated area for mixing/decanting
 chemicals?
 Are current (within 5 years) material safety data sheets readily available
 for hazardous substances?
 Are hazardous substances stored and labeled appropriately? (See the
 Hazardous Substances Procedure for further information.)
 Are spill control systems in place i.e. earth bunds, absorbing materials
 etc?
 Are banned substances present?
 Are appropriate washing/dousing (including eye wash) facilities available
 in the event of an accident with chemicals?
 Are asbestos rock samples sealed?
 Are radioactive materials stored in lead lined containers?
 Is there a lockable flammable liquids cabinet?

 Are incompatible substances stored together? e.g.
              Oxidizers – class 5 (keep separate)
              Flammables - Class 3, 4.1, 4.3 (keep separate)
              Spontaneously combustibles – Class 4.2 (keep separate)
              Corrosives – Class 8 (keep separate)
 Are separate storage areas available for incompatible substances?
 Can storage cabinets be locked when not in use?
 Are cabinets adequately labelled?
 Are all storage areas adequately ventilated?
 Are chemical storage areas used to store other items and materials?
 Is shelving appropriate?
 Are gas cylinders chained and full/empty cylinders stored separately away
 from heat sources and traffic areas? ( See LPG Gas tank and Cylinder
 safety for further information)
 Are gas cylinders equipped with pressure regulator valves?

 Management Procedures (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010)                                    Action if Required
 Are safe operating procedures displayed with all potentially hazardous
 equipment?
 Is required personal protective equipment available and in good condition?
 Do all workstations comply with SAFEGUARD, GS 66/1 Computer
 Workstations Design Guidelines? (See
 http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/gs661i.pdf

 Plant (Refer to OHS&W Regulations, 2010, Divisions 3.3)                                    Action if Required
 Are manuals available for operating equipment and machinery?
 Is a maintenance register in place for all equipment and machinery that
 requires regular maintenance?

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 Are the moving parts of all machinery and equipment guarded in
 accordance with the regulations?
 Is all equipment fitted with the appropriate safety signs and SOPs?

 PPE
 Are the safety goggles of an approved type?
 Are there sufficient numbers of safety goggles available where required by
 staff/students?
 Is there a safety shield available when demonstrating potentially
 hazardous experiments?
 Are disposable gloves available?
 Are heat resistant gloves available?
 Are sufficient laboratory coats/aprons available?

 Storage (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010, Division 2.15.78, 2.9)                           Action if Required
 Can storage areas be secured to prevent unwanted access?
 Is flammable material stored and handled in a safe manner?
 Are required resources and equipment stored safely?
 Are free standing shelves/cupboards secured to ensure stability?
 Are storage areas labeled appropriately?

 Waste (Refer to OHS&W Regulations 2010 and departmental OHS&W
 Manual.)
 Are waste containers available for liquids and sharps, as well as general
 rubbish?
 Are all waste containers appropriately labelled?

 Other Issues                                                                               Action if Required




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 Chemical Store Safety Inspection Checklist
    THE GENERAL STORAGE AREA                                                                            Action if Required
    Does the General Chemicals Storage Area consist of at least one shelving
    unit 180 cm wide x 180 cm high x 35 cm deep, plus one shelving unit 120
    cm wide x 180 cm high x 35 cm deep, or equivalent?

    Is shelving adjustable to allow for different sized bottles?
    Is the Chemicals Store Room sited within close proximity of the Preparation
    Room and Teaching areas?
                                                                                                         Action if Required
    CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHEMICALS STORE ROOM
    Is the Store Room at least six square metres in floor area (e.g. three metres
    x two metres)?
    Is it fitted with a lockable door?
    Does the door open outwards?
    Can the door be opened from inside without a key?
    Is construction (walls, door, and ceiling) fire rated?
    Does the Chemicals Store Room have an external ventilation grille?
    Is the ventilation sufficient to eliminate any chemical smells and odours?
    Does the store have spark-proof fluorescent lighting?
    Is the light switch outside the store room?
    Is the floor non porous and chemical resistant (e.g. vinyl)?
    Are storage or shelving units safely fixed to the walls?
    Are storage or shelving units all below a safe working height (max approx
    180 cm,) or use safety stepladder?

    Are there “Chemical Store Room” and “No Unauthorised Access” signs?


    FLAMMABLES STORAGE UNIT                                                                              Action if Required
    Is the Flammables Store a proper “approved” type? (Commonly red
    enamelled steel, double insulated walls, self closing lockable door with seal)
    Is it of at least 250 Litre capacity? (Commonly supplied item is approx 110
    cm wide x 45 cm deep x 160 cm high)
    Is it properly vented to the outside?
    Does it have at least 4 shelves (including fixed bottom shelf), spaced
    suitably for storing laboratory chemicals?
    Are shelves made of material suitable for storing laboratory chemicals (i.e.
    not coarse wire mesh)?
    Is there a sump or tray in the bottom to contain any spillage?
    Are all of the Flammables (as recommended by Science Catalogue),
    including small bottle sets, stored in the Flammables Storage Unit?

    Are all containers correctly labelled, including diamond shaped Class
    labels?
    Are all containers stored here correctly identified with bands of colour


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    coding tape (ie red, red & white, or blue)?
    Are only the recommended chemicals stored in this area (ie Class 3,
    Flammable Liquid, Class 4.1 Flammable Solid, Class 4.3 Dangerous When
    Wet; but NOT Class 4.2 Spontaneously Combustible or Class 5 Oxidiser)
    Are solids stored above liquids?

    THE CORROSIVES STORAGE UNIT                                                                          Action if Required
    Is the unit at least approx 120 cm wide x 40 cm deep x 180 cm high?
    Does the Storage Unit have a door/doors?
    Is the storage unit made of corrosion resistant material? (plastic or plastic
    laminated wood, with stainless steel hinges and brackets)
    Is the Storage Unit adequately vented to the outside?
    Are there spillage trays in the bottom to contain any spillage?
    Is the Storage Unit fitted with at least 6 shelves?
    Are shelves adjustable for height?
    Are all of the Corrosives (as recommended by Science Catalogue),
    including small bottle sets, stored in this Unit?
    Are all containers correctly labelled, including diamond shaped “Corrosive”
    label?
    Are all containers stored here correctly identified with bands of colour
    coding tape (black)?
    Are only the corrosive chemicals (as recommended by Science Catalogue)
    stored here?
    Are chemicals separated into Corrosive Solids, Organic and Inorganic
    Acids, and Organic and Inorganic Alkalis?
    Are the solids stored above liquids?

    OXIDISERS STORE                                                                                      Action if Required
    Is the Oxidisers Storage Area it at least 4 shelf spaces each approx 60 cm
    wide x 30 cm deep x 35 cm high (or equivalent)?
    Is the Storage Area lined with flameproof material (e.g. cement sheeting)?
    Is the Storage Area fitted with a door?
    Are all of the Oxidisers, including small bottles, sets stored in this Storage
    Area (as recommended by Science Catalogue)?
    Are all containers correctly labelled, including diamond shaped Oxidiser
    labels?
    Are all containers stored here correctly identified with bands of colour
    coding tape (yellow)?
    Are only Oxidisers stored in this area (and not Flammables)?

    SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUSTIBLES STORAGE AREA                                                              Action if Required
    Is the Spontaneously Combustibles Storage Area at least 60cm wide x 30
    cm deep x 35 cm high?
    Is this Storage Area lined with flameproof material? (e.g. cement sheeting)
    Is the Storage Area fitted with a door?
    Are all of the Spontaneously Combustibles (as recommended by Science
    Catalogue), including small bottle sets, stored in this area?

    Are all containers correctly labelled, including diamond shaped

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    Spontaneously Combustible labels?
    Are all containers stored here correctly identified with bands of colour
    coding tape (red and white)?
    Are only Spontaneously Combustibles (and not Flammables or Oxidisers)
    stored in this area?

    THE USE OF THE CHEMICALS STORE ROOM                                                                  Action if Required
    Is the Store Room used exclusively for storing Chemicals? (e.g. storage of
    furniture or other equipment is inappropriate)
    Are all chemicals stored at a safe height (i.e. below 180- 200 cm)?
    Are all of the chemicals, including small bottle sets and stock solutions,
    recommended to be stored away from Work and Preparation Areas, stored
    in the Chemicals Store Room? (as per the list developed by Science Project
    Officer and published in the Science Apparatus Committee Newsletter.)

    GENERAL STORAGE                                                                                      Action if Required
    Are all containers correctly labelled, including diamond shaped Harmful and
    Poison labels, where appropriate?
    Are containers arranged systematically so that they can be easily and safely
    accessed?
    Are the majority of chemicals stored outside of the Chemicals Store Room?
    Are these chemicals stored in a compactus, fixed shelving or cupboards?

QUESTIONS FOR WORKSITES THAT DO NOT HAVE A DEDICATED                                                      Action if Required
CHEMICALS STORAGE ROOM
Is there an adequate exhaust ventilation system in place to prevent any low
level exposure to chemical fumes and dust?
Is the room where the chemicals are stored fitted with a lockable door?
Does the door open outwards?
Can the door be opened from inside without a key?
Are storage or shelving units safely fixed to the walls?
Are storage or shelving units all below a safe working height (max approx 180 –
200 cm)?
Are there “Chemical Store Room” and “No Unauthorised Access” signs?
Does the General Chemicals Storage Area consist of at least one shelving unit
180 cm wide x 180 cm high x 35 cm deep, plus one shelving unit 120 cm wide x
180 cm high x 35 cm deep, or equivalent?
Is shelving adjustable to allow for different sized bottles?
Are unwanted and excess chemicals hazardous?
Is the Chemicals Store Room equipped with the following storage units
sufficient to at least store all of the Flammables, Corrosives, Oxidisers,
Spontaneously Combustibles, and all of the other chemicals (including small
bottle sets and stock solutions) required to be stored away from Work and
Preparation areas (as per the list developed by the Science Project Officer, and
published in the Science Apparatus Committee Newsletter)




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