Environmental Health and Safety

Guide for Lab Safety & Facility Evaluation Checklists

EHS inspectors will wear protective lab coats and safety glasses during an evaluation. Inspectors may wear protective gloves while performing evaluations. They will also be carrying a picture ID associating them with the university and with EHS.

EHS inspectors will announce themselves at the beginning of a lab evaluation and attempt to identify a safety representative from the lab to ask questions and share results with. They may communicate with any lab personnel during the evaluation.

EHS inspectors may photograph areas of concern in laboratories and ask for a list of lab personnel (First Name, Last Name, and EID) to verify training history.

EHS inspectors may have flyers/handouts such as emergency instructions, notice to employees, emergency eyewash tags, waste tags, non lab-safe refrigerator labels, and chemical labels. Any of these items are available upon request.

Lab Safety Evaluation Items are generally the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) of the lab. The responsible party for Lab Facility Evaluation Items is generally someone other than the PI. The PI, or other responsible party, will be notified of issues identified during the lab evaluation.

Critical items are areas of concern that are immediately dangerous to life and health which require prompt attention and corrective action.

Critical Items may include:

    1. Hazardous chemicals/waste in containers or stored such that they are leaking or likely to result in a release. (Example: containers leaking, bulging, with heavy corrosion, missing caps, storage shelf about to collapse, etc.)
    2. Flammable chemicals stored in a household refrigerator. (> .5 L)
    3. More than 10 gallons of flammables stored outside a flammable storage cabinet.
    4. Peroxide formers expired. (> 90 days)
    5. Gas cylinders improperly secured. (fall hazard)
    6. Toxic gases stored/used outside ventilated containment.
    7. Damaged electrical cords on equipment in use.
    8. Needles in trash cans/glass waste boxes or protruding outside a sharps container.
    9. Egress is significantly impeded. (walkways and/or exits blocked)
    10. Access to emergency equipment is blocked. (not readily moveable)
    11. Emergency equipment not functional.
    12. Appropriate personal protective equipment not available in the lab.

Lab Safety Evaluation Items

Chemical Storage (Items 1 — 15)

1. Chemicals segregated by hazard class

2. Chemical containers in good condition

3. Chemical containers properly labeled

4. Chemical containers closed

5. Glass chemical containers are not stored on the floor

6. Hazardous chemicals not stored above eye level

7. Lab safe refrigerator used for cold flammable storage

8. Flammable storage cabinets used for flammable storage > 10 gallons

9. Peroxide forming chemicals dated/ not expired

10. Acids stored in acid cabinet or secondary containment

11. Gas cylinders properly secured

12. Gas cylinder safety caps in place

13. Toxic and hazardous gas cylinders properly ventilated

14. Fume hood not used as permanent storage/ no clutter in fume hood

15. Fume hood sash closed when unattended/at or below 18 inches when attended

Ignition Sources (Items 16 — 17)

16. Vacuum pumps and other ignition sources are segregated from flammables/combustibles

17. Electrical cords are in good condition

Chemical/Sharps/Glass Waste (Items 18 — 24)

18. Less than 55 gallons of chemical waste in area

19. Chemical waste containers properly labeled

20. Chemical waste containers closed

21. Chemical waste stored at point of generation

22. Chemical waste stored on floor is in secondary containment

23. Glass waste disposal box properly used

24. Sharps containers properly used/properly disposed when full

Good Practices (Items 25 — 28)

25. Lab was secured

26. Excess clutter was not present in the lab

27. Itmes were not stored within 18 inches of a fire sprinkler head

28. Food/drinks were not in the lab

Emergency Equipment and Egress (Items 29 — 33)

29. Exits and aisles clear of obstruction

30. Emergency equipment clear of obstruction

31. Doors not propped open

32. Appropriate spill supplies available

33. Electrical panels/disconnects clear of obstruction/ panel doors closed

Emergency Preparedness (Items 34 —41)

34. Eyewash tested within the past week/documented in the past month

35. Lab personnel have attended required training (OH 101, OH 102, OH 201, OH 202, OH 238, FF205 and OH 207, OH 218 as needed))

36. Lab personnel know how to get SDS

37. Lab personnel have PPE available (including fire-resistant lab coats as needed)

38. Lab personnel wear/use proper PPE while in lab (lab coat, gloves, glasses, etc.)/shorts/sandals are not worn in the lab

39. Self-evalustions submitted to EHS (General, Controlled Substance, Select Toxin)

40. Chemical inventory submitted to EHS/ updated within last 6 months

41. Written SOPs for high hazard labs

Other (Item 42)

42. Miscellaneous

Lab Facility Evaluation Items

Emergency Equipment (Items 43-47)

43. Eyewash available

44. Emergency shower available

45. Emergency shower has been tested within the past year

46. Fire extinguisher is available, mounted and clearly marked

47. Fire extinguishers are charged and have safety pins and seals.

Lab Design (Items 48-49)

48. No penetrations in walls, floor, or ceiling/ all ceiling tiles in place

49. Oxygen monitoring present if cryogens use/dispensed in confined area

Labeling/Signage/Lab Usage (Items 50-56)

50. Refrigerators/cooling equipment properly labeled

51. Current lab signs/inventories posted at lab entrance

52. Emergency instructions posted

53. Mercury thermometers not used in lab

54. Propane not used in the lab

55. No Occupational Safety concerns in lab (hearing, respirators, machine guards)

56. No safety concerns/incidents since last evaluation

Chemical Ventilation Control (Items 57-58)

57. Ventilated storage available for toxic and hazardous gas cylinders

58. Fume hood has been tested within the past year