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Lab Inspection Checklist

This SOP template is used to perform a proper process hazard assessment of hazardous substances and physical hazards before using a chemical laboratory. Use this SOP template to efficiently review hazard assessments, engineering controls, Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), storage and processing requirements, waste management, decontamination procedures, and emergency procedures. This mobile SOP template also contains a qualification and authorization declaration.

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Lab Inspection Checklist



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.


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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