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Laboratory Safety Audit

A laboratory safety audit allows you to check whether all safety regulations for occupational safety are observed in the laboratory or if you’re looking for laboratory testing and calibration standards, you can read our checklist article for how to become ISO 17025 certified.

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NAME OF SUPERVISOR
GENERAL SAFETY
CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN
Is the Chemical Hygiene Plan accessible in the lab?
Has the Plan been reviewed and signed by lab workers?
Has lab-specific safety information been updated (annually)?
REQUIRED SIGNS
Are eye protection and special signs posted on doors (if applicable)?
Are there signs on contaminated equipment?
PROHIBITED ITEMS IN LAB
Are food and drinks being excluded from the lab?
EYE PROTECTION
Are appropriate safety glasses/goggles being worn?
SECURITY
Are lab doors locked when not in use?
Are extra-lab areas blocked?
ELECTRICAL
Are extension cords being used properly and within limitations?
Are any outlet circuits being overloaded?
EMERGENCY
MEANS OF EGRESS AND EXITS
Are aisles free and is there at least 36 inches of clearance?
Are exits marked?
EMERGENCY PLANS
Is the evacuation plan posted?
Are emergency phone numbers near a phone or outside the door?
Are the locations of fire extinguishers and alarms posted?
Are the locations of eyewash stations/showers posted?
SPILL CLEAN-UP
Is there a plan for hazardous chemicals?
Is there a spill kit available in the lab with a posted/known location?
HOUSEKEEPING
FLAMMABLES
Are flammables stored in proper containers?
Is the flammable cabinet being used properly?
Are total flammable liquids under maximum amount allowed per lab?
COMPRESSED GASES
Are cylinders stored properly and capped if unused?
Are cylinders properly labeled and secured?
Are empty cylinders being managed or returned?
HOUSEKEEPING
Are floors, walls, workbenches, etc. clean?
Is the lab neat and clean in appearance?
Is there adequate space to perform work?
Is there at least 18 inches of ceiling clearance?
CHEMICAL STORAGE
Are storage containers compatible and appropriate?
Are breakables above eye level and away from shelf lips?
Are tubs in use?
CHEMICAL CONTAINER LABELS
Are containers labeled appropriately?
Are labels legible?
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Is there an identified central location for hazardous waste?
Is waste being appropriately segregated?
Are proper containers being used with appropriate labels?
CHEMICAL HOOD
Does hood chemical storage conflict with its designated use?
Is the sash placed in the proper position when not in use?
Are employees trained in hood use?
UNSAFE CONDITIONS
Is there any broken equipment?
Are there any leaking gas or water lines?
Is any of the lab shelving unstable?
Are there guards on sharp edges or drive belts?
SHARPS CONTAINERS
Is the proper container in use?
Are needles and syringes being stored appropriately?
DEPARTMENTAL ITEMS
RESPONSIBILITIES OF OTHER PERSONNEL*
Are eyewash station/shower inspections current?
Are chemical fume hood/biosafety cabinet inspections current?
Are chemical fume hoods functioning properly?
Are fire extinguisher inspections current?
* To be checked by inspection teams. Laboratory personnel should report to the Safety Officer if they notice that these items are not being done.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
INSPECTOR SIGNATURE
SUPERVISOR SIGNATURE
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Conducting a Comprehensive Laboratory Safety Audit: What You Need to Know


Laboratory safety audits are crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of laboratory personnel and maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies. A laboratory safety audit involves a thorough assessment of all aspects of laboratory safety, including laboratory facilities, equipment, procedures, and personnel training.


The first step in conducting a laboratory safety audit is to review the laboratory’s policies and procedures and ensure that they are up-to-date and in compliance with regulatory agencies. Next, assess the laboratory’s physical environment, including emergency equipment, chemical storage, and waste management procedures. Personnel training should also be evaluated to ensure that laboratory personnel are properly trained in the use of equipment and safety procedures.


Conducting a comprehensive laboratory safety audit on a regular basis helps to identify potential hazards and areas for improvement, ensuring a safe and secure environment for laboratory personnel and the surrounding community. With the right training and resources, laboratory safety audits can be an effective tool for maintaining a safe and compliant laboratory environment.

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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