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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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