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Chemical Safety Checklist

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Audit

CHEMICAL STORAGE

Is there an accurate inventory for the chemicals?

Is there a system to control the purchase of chemicals?

Are MSDS Sheets available for the chemicals?

Are chemicals stored safely in the lab?

Are chemicals clearly labelled?

Are incompatible chemicals stored separately?

Are high risk chemicals stored securely with restricted access?

WASTE

Are waste chemicals labelled as waste and stored in a suitable location until final disposal?

Are facilities available for different chemical waste streams ie solid waste, liquid waste?

Are bins clearly marked with their waste stream?

Is there a dedicated sink for acceptable liquid waste?

Are waste chemicals disposed of promptly?

Are records kept of the chemicals disposed of?

CHEMICAL USE

Speak to the supervisor and a member of the lab/ work area

Do personnel know where MSDS documents are kept?

Do personnel understand the hazards associated with their work, good hygiene practice etc?

Can evidence of training in the safe use of chemicals be provided?

Do personnel know what to do in an emergency ie fire, first aid, personal contamination?

Do personnel know what action to take in the event of a chemical spill?

PPE AND SPILL KITS

Are suitable gloves in a range of sizes freely available?

Are suitable goggles and masks freely available?

Are personnel wearing lab coats, gloves etc?

Are chemical spill kits available with instruction on how to use them?

FUME HOODS

Does the Fume Hood have an in-date test sticker affixed to it?

Is the safe working height indicated?

Are all flow meters working?

Are all fume hoods clean and tidy with no evidence they are used for general storage?

Are containers in the fume hood labelled with the date, owner, chemical and associated hazards?

Are vents clear of obstructions?

GASES

Are gases / gas cylinders labelled with their content and the direction of flow if applicable?

Do regulators have in date inspection labels affixed?

Is there a central gas isolation point if bench mounted gas taps are present?

Are instructions displayed on the action to take if a gas is leaking?

HAND WASH FACILITIES

Are hand wash sinks available with a hand wash only sink sign displayed?

Are sinks clean and tidy?

Are paper towels and soap provided?

GENERAL

Are General Lab Rules displayed ie PPE, no eating, drinking?

Is the work area free of electrical equipment that shouldn’t be there?

Are details of the local First Aider provided?

Are appropriate fire extinguishers available and which have been inspected in the last year?

Are fire exits / fire escape routes clear?

Is the area generally clean and tidy with items stored safely?

SUMMARY

Rate the overall safety standard of the lab/ work area

Provide any other observations

Provide any recommendations

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