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Lab Inspection Checklist

A lab inspection checklist is a comprehensive tool used to assess a laboratory’s safety, compliance, and efficiency. It typically covers areas such as equipment maintenance, chemical storage, waste management, and personnel training. By using a checklist, lab managers can identify potential hazards, ensure regulatory compliance, and maintain a safe working environment for staff and visitors.

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General
The last inspection was reviewed?
Laboratory signage is displayed on door
Necessary permits are displayed and current
No students work in the lab unsupervised
All users of the lab have a current C-14 certificate
All MSDS sheets are maintained correctly and are readily available to lab staff and emergency personnel
Emergency Preparedness
Important emergency telephone numbers are posted
All exits are clear and without obstacles
Fire extinguishers are clearly visible and without obstacles
The fire extinguishers passed the monthly and yearly inspections
The fire extinguishers are ready for hazards present.
The safety showers are present and work correctly
Eyewash stations are present and work correctly
All the doors which lead outside the lab work and are self closing doors.
Housekeeping
All counters and floors are uncluttered
All passageways are clear
Broken glass/syringe disposal containers provided where needed and clearly labelled
There is no storage within 45 cm of ceilings in sprinklered areas
All warning signs are current, there are no frivolous signs are posted
Compressed gases
All the cylinders are secure and in place
Oxidizing and flammable gases are being stored separately
Cylinders have been hydrostatictly tested in the past 10 years
Mechanical hazards
Machine guards are in place if required
Electrical hazards
There are no frayed wires
All electrical panels are unobstructed
The extension cords are not used for permanent equipment
Spill cleanup
Materials for spill cleanup are available
The workers are trained in spill cleanup
Lab hoods
The hood sash is in place and operable
The sash is used at a proper working height
Hood was tested within the last year
The hood interior is clean and uncluttered
Personal protective equipment
Safety goggles are available and being worn
Appropriate gloves are available and are being used
Lab coats are being worn
Appropriate shoes are worn by workers
Chemical storage
Chemical stock is kept at a minimum
Storage limit permits are paid attention to
Chemicals are segregated according to compatibility
The chemical containers are stored and in good condition
Highly reactive chemicals are disposed of before the expiration date (THF, ether ...)
All chemical containers are correctly labelled
There are no flammable liquid stored in standard refrigerators
There are no chemicals stored above eye level
Waste management
The waste containers properly labelled
The waste containers are compatible with waste
The waste container is closed
The waste is located away from drains and sinks
Waste containers are always in a secondary containment
Waste stored together is compatible
Any full waste containers are moved to main accumulation area
Additional safety concerns observed
Any concerns?
Sign off
Signature of on site representative
Inspectors signature
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The Importance of a Lab Inspection Checklist for Ensuring Safety and Compliance


A lab inspection checklist is a vital tool for assessing the safety, compliance, and efficiency of a laboratory. It is typically used by lab managers to identify potential hazards, ensure regulatory compliance, and maintain a safe working environment for staff and visitors.


The checklist covers various areas, including equipment maintenance, chemical storage, waste management, and personnel training. By systematically examining each area, lab managers can identify deficiencies and implement corrective measures to address them.


Using a lab inspection checklist also helps to ensure regulatory compliance. Regulatory agencies, such as OSHA and EPA, require labs to follow specific safety and environmental regulations. By using a checklist, lab managers can ensure they are meeting these requirements and avoid potential penalties.


Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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