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					                              Review Information

  Name of University/ Community College:

  Date of inspection:

  Signature of inspector:

                                           Lab Safety Self-Inspection
                                           Checklist (With Guidelines)


   1. When working in laboratories is there an understanding of       Y   N   N/A   ??
      inherent hazards and learning how to be safe should be an
      integral and important part of science education & work?


      Encourage employees & students to care about their health and safety.
      Involve every employee and student in some aspect of the safety program and give
       each specific responsibility.
      Provide incentives to employees and students for safety performance.
      Conduct periodic, unannounced laboratory inspections to identify and correct
       hazardous conditions and unsafe practices.
      Involve students and employees in simulated OSHA inspections.
      Schedule regular departmental safety meetings for all students and employees to
       discuss the results of inspections and aspects of laboratory safety.
   2. Is every pre-lab/pre-experiment discussion to include              Y   N   N/A   ??
      consideration of the health and safety required?


When conducting experiments with hazards or potential hazards, ask yourself these

             What are the hazards?
             What are the worst possible things that could go wrong?
             How will I deal with them?
             What are the prudent practices, protective facilities and equipment necessary
              to minimize the risk of exposure to the hazards?

   3. Is the Laboratory Safety Information Card up to date?              Y   N   N/A   ??


Display the phone numbers of the fire department, police department, and local ambulance
either on or immediately next to every phone.

   4. Are other appropriate signs present (i.e. Radioactive Materials,   Y   N   N/A   ??
      X-rays etc.)? Work Plan posted?

Guidelines: Use warning signs to designate particular hazards. All doors from the laboratory
are unobstructed, in case of emergency

   5. Has a Laboratory Safety Coordinator been identified (If so,        Y   N   N/A   ??
      please identify)?

   6. Are communicating doors to offices/other labs closed at night      Y   N   N/A   ??
      and weekends?

Hours of Operation

   7. Does staff work after 10:00 pm?                                    Y   N   N/A   ??

   8. Does staff work weekends and holidays?                             Y   N   N/A   ??

   9. Do personnel work alone?                                           Y   N   N/A   ??
Guidelines: Don't allow experiments to run unattended unless they are failsafe.

Emergency Equipment

   10.Is the safety equipment located in close proximity to the main     Y   N    N/A   ??
      door of the lab?

   11.Are all persons in the laboratory trained to use the Drench        Y   N    N/A   ??

    Drench Shower is unobstructed (at least 3sq.ft.)
    Shower present in the lab or within 25 feet
    Shower inspected within last year

   12.Do the occupants in the laboratory know how to use the Fire        Y   N    N/A   ??

    Fire Extinguisher present in the lab.
    A Fire Extinguisher is located within 50' of the laboratory door
    Fire Extinguisher has not been discharged or tampered with

   13.Is an Eyewash Station available and adequately maintained?         Y   N    N/A   ??

Guidelines: The Eyewash Station is accessible. The Eyewash Station is being "flushed"
weekly (at least 3 minutes). Bottled eyewashes are not acceptable.

   14.Is a First Aid Kit available?                                      Y   N    N/A   ??

Guidelines: The First Aid Kit is "mounted" next to the main laboratory door The kit contains
clean, sterile bandages, pads, band aids, tape, and ice packs.

Employee Hygiene/ Personal Protective Equipment

   15.Are the beverages and foods are not consumed as well as            Y   N    N/A   ??
      cosmetics not applied in the laboratory?
Guidelines: Forbid smoking, eating and drinking in the laboratory.

   16.Is the housekeeping clean, neat and orderly?                       Y   N   N/A   ??

Guidelines: Require good housekeeping practices in all work areas.
    Aisles and corridors are free of obstruction and tripping hazards
    The trash containers are noncombustible and emptied regularly
    Combustible storage (boxes and paper) is kept to an absolute minimum

   17.Eye or face protection in use?                                     Y   N   N/A   ??

    All laboratory occupants wear the appropriate Eye/Face Protection.
    The protective eyewear meets ANSI standard, Z87.1, as required.

   18.Are Lab coats and appropriate clothing worn?                       Y   N   N/A   ??


      Appropriate clothing (long pants, no shorts etc) are worn under lab coats.
      Loose clothing & long hair do not come in contact with equipment.

   19.Are all the laboratory occupants and laboratory visitors           Y   N   N/A   ??
      required to wear Personal Protective Equipment?

Guidelines: Provide adequate supplies of personal protective equipment -- safety glasses,
goggles, face shields, gloves, lab coats, and bench top shields.

General Chemical Storage

   20.Are greater 10 gallons of flammable liquids stored outside of a    Y   N   N/A   ??
      flammable liquids storage cabinet?

       Is the total quantity of flammables in lab > 25 gallons?

Only minimum amounts of flammable liquids in each laboratory. Flammable Liquid Storage
is kept to an absolute minimum. A general rule is that controls should be in place (or
quantities limited) so that the concentration of a flammable will not exceed 25% of the
lower explosive limit (Refer to NFPA 45, "Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals",
for the quantities of flammables allowed in the laboratory & storage requirements).

   21. NFPA approved flammable liquids storage cabinet present with      Y   N     N/A   ??
       vent ports open?

Flammable Liquids do not come into close contact with electric ignition sources.

   22.Are all chemicals stored compatibly?                               Y   N     N/A   ??

Store acids and bases separately. Store fuels and oxidizers separately. Flammable Liquids
are stored in approved safety cans, flammable storage cabinets, or flammable storage

   23.Are containers dated?                                              Y   N     N/A   ??


Develop a program for dating stored chemicals and for re-certifying or discarding them
after predetermined maximum periods of storage.

   24.Is the overstocking evident? Is there insufficient storage space   Y   N     N/A   ??
      (Are containers stacked on top of each others)?


Maintain a chemical inventory to avoid purchasing unnecessary quantities of chemicals.

   25.Are storage shelves and cabinets secured (Will not tip over)?      Y   N     N/A   ??

Guidelines: Provide secure, adequately spaced, well ventilated storage of chemicals.

   26.Are solids and liquids segregated?                                 Y   N     N/A   ??
   27.Are chemical reactions occurring (discolored reagents, white       Y   N   N/A   ??
      haze on bottles)?

Chemicals are inventoried regularly to reduce unwanted/outdated material.

   28.Chemicals are not placed or stored on the floor.                   Y   N   N/A   ??

Guidelines: Provide secure, adequately spaced, well ventilated storage of chemicals.

Corrosive Materials

   29.Are corrosives segregated from non-corrosives?                     Y   N   N/A   ??

   30.Acids stored on plastic trays?                                     Y   N   N/A   ??

   31.Is there damage to cabinets (rust, charring etc)?                  Y   N   N/A   ??

   32.Are chemical reactions occurring (discolored reagents, white       Y   N   N/A   ??
      haze on bottles)?

   33.Are labels damaged or not present?                                 Y   N   N/A   ??

Compressed Gases

   34.All gas cylinders are secured to a stationary bench or wall they   Y   N   N/A   ??
      can’t fall?
             Are they properly capped or regulated?
             Stored compatibly
             Transported on appropriate carts with straps/chains?

   35.Are all flammable gas cylinders been located away from doors?      Y   N   N/A   ??

   36.Are all gas cylinders located away from electric panels/outlets?   Y   N   N/A   ??
   37.Are extremely poisonous gases used in approved gas cylinder        Y   N   N/A   ??

   38.Are lecture bottles stored with regulators in place?               Y   N   N/A   ??

   39.More than 10 lecture spheres stored?                               Y   N   N/A   ??

Reactives (Solids and Liquids)

   40. Are the reactives                                                 Y   N   N/A   ??
           dated
           stored in original containers
           Segregated from other damage?

   41. Is there evidence of container damage or corrosion?               Y   N   N/A   ??

   42. Are there old containers (> 2 years)?                             Y   N   N/A   ??

Acutely Toxic Chemicals, Reproductive Hazards, Carcinogens

   43. Are the chemicals stored in designated areas?                     Y   N   N/A   ??

   44. Are the chemicals handled in designated areas?                    Y   N   N/A   ??

   45. Are there old containers (> 5years)?                              Y   N   N/A   ??

   46. Is there evidence of container damage or corrosion?               Y   N   N/A   ??

Refrigerators/ Freezers

   47. Are refrigerators labeled ‘No Food or Flammable Storage’?         Y   N   N/A   ??

Food and beverages are not stored in the laboratory refrigerator. Do no allow food to be
stored in chemical refrigerators.
   48. Are flammable liquids stored in refrigerators?                   Y   N   N/A   ??

Flammable Liquids are not stored in household refrigerators.

   49. Are all chemicals and containers properly labeled?               Y   N   N/A   ??


Label all chemicals to show the name of the material, the nature and degree of hazard, the
appropriate precautions, and the name of the person responsible for the container.

   50. Are all chemicals inventoried regularly & disposed if not        Y   N   N/A   ??


Refrigerators are cleaned and maintained.

Waste Disposal

   51. Are waste containers properly marked concerning contents?        Y   N   N/A   ??

   52. Are unknown, unlabeled and orphaned containers present?          Y   N   N/A   ??

Chemical Waste

   53. Is the chemical waste located in an area, which has been         Y   N   N/A   ??
    properly identified?

   54. Is each and every chemical within chemical waste container       Y   N   N/A   ??

   55. Have hazards been identified on each chemical waste              Y   N   N/A   ??
          Flammable,
          Toxic
          Corrosive
          Reactive
  56. Are all chemical waste containers capped at all times?             Y   N   N/A   ??

  57. Are satellite drums (if applicable)                                Y   N   N/A   ??
         dated,
         initialed weekly, or after adding to?

Electrical Safety

  58. Is equipment properly grounded?                                    Y   N   N/A   ??

  59. Are all electrical cords in good condition, without splice or      Y   N   N/A   ??

  60. Are electrical outlets prohibited within the fume hood?            Y   N   N/A   ??

  61. Are the electric panel breakers and fuses properly labeled?        Y   N   N/A   ??

  62. Ensure electrical cords do not pass through ceilings, doors or     Y   N   N/A   ??
   walls. Electrical cords are not draped across the floor of the lab.

  63. Ensure that acids do not come into close contact with electric     Y   N   N/A   ??
   ignition sources.

Fume Hoods/Exhaust Systems

  64. Is the fume hood used at proper sash height?                       Y   N   N/A   ??

  65. Ensure that occupants in the laboratory do not to use the fume     Y   N   N/A   ??
     hood for storage?

  66. Do the lab occupants know to contact EH&S, if they suspect a       Y   N   N/A   ??
     fume hood problem?

  67. Are all hazardous/odiferous/toxic chemicals used in an             Y   N   N/A   ??
     approved fume hood?
                                               ATTN: Feb 2,2006; Checklist Version 2


1. Cornell University – Lab Safety Checklist

2. Laboratory Health and Safety Manual
   University of Massachusetts at Amherst


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