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Keep an eye on hazards with a chemical safety checklist

A Chemical Safety Checklist is a list of safety precautions to take when handling hazardous chemicals. It includes information on protective clothing, storage, labeling, disposal and more. It is an essential tool for any laboratory or workplace that deals with hazardous chemicals.

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Keep an eye on hazards with a chemical safety checklist



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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


Are hand wash sinks available with a hand wash only sink sign displayed?
Are sinks clean and tidy?
Are paper towels and soap provided?


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?


Rate the overall safety standard of the lab/ work area
Provide any other observations
Provide any recommendations
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A chemical safety checklist is a document used to assess the safety of a work environment that uses hazardous chemicals. It helps to identify potential risks and hazards associated with chemical use, as well as to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. The checklist should include a review of the safety data sheets for each chemical, consideration of the proper storage and handling of hazardous materials, and the implementation of safety measures such as the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. Additionally, the checklist should include a review of any available safety procedures and guidelines, and should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the safety of those working with the chemicals.

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