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Lab Safety Inspection Checklist


NOTE: This general template can be used for lab safety self-inspections. You can modify this template to suit your lab area and institution standards.

General Safety

Lab is maintained secure. Door is locked when no one is in lab.
Appropriate clothing worn by everyone in lab.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e. lab coats, nitrile gloves, safety glasses, etc.)
REFERENCE: Lab PPE to be worn [This is an example of how you can use Lumiform to include best practice reference images in your templates to assist with inspections]
Work and storage areas clear of clutter; access to exit is unrestricted.
No food or drinks found in labs.
Hazard sign posted on corridor door.
Emergency phone numbers & plan posted next to phone.

Chemical Safety

Eyewash not blocked; can be accessed easily.
Fume hood free of clutter and stored chemicals.
Appropriate labels are found on all hazardous chemical containers.
No flammable chemicals stored in regular refrigerator.
All compressed gas cylinders secured in upright position.
All compressed gas cylinders capped when not in use.
Shelves and chemical containers in good condition (no leaks, rust).
Spill control equipment (neutralizers, absorbent pads) are present.

Hazardous Waste

Is Hazardous chemical waste generated in this area?
Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) is located at or near where waste is generated.
Maximum SAA storage capacity not exceeded.
Waste containers are in good condition (not leaking, rusted, bulging or damaged).
Each container is marked with the words "Hazardous Waste".
Each container is marked with full chemical names identifying the contents stored inside (no abbreviations or formulas).
Waste containers are kept closed unless adding waste.
Waste containers storing liquid hazardous waste at or near sinks and drains are stored within secondary containment.
Secondary containment is in good condition (free of cracks, gaps and impervious to leaks).
Is regulated medical waste or "sharps" waste generated in this area?
Sharps are disposed in a proper container that is kept closed unless waste is being added.
Regulated medical waste is placed in red bags within boxes that are properly labeled or in another suitable container

Biological Safety

Biological materials are not stored in hallways or chaseways in unlocked freezers or refrigerators.
Biohazard signs are posted in all labs handling infectious materials.
Lab coats, gowns or scrubs are in use in labs handling infectious materials.
Disinfectants are on hand for sanitizing bench tops and treating spills.
Biological safety cabinet(s) were certified within the last 12 months.

Radiation Safety

Is radioactive material present in this area?
Is a proper sign posted on the lab door?
Radioactive and/or mixed waste containers are properly labeled.
The GM meter(s) is calibrated.
The radioactive material use area is marked properly.
The radioactive material storage freezer is properly labeled.
Vials of radioactive material within a freezer are stored in a proper "lock box".


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