Laboratory Assessment Checklist
Revised January 2023
This checklist should be used to conduct annual laboratory self-assessments. Each item below should be marked with a "Yes", "No" or "NA". A section for comments should appear at the end of the document to keep track of any changes or any information regarding items marked with a "No". Contact EH&S for a printable version of this form.
- Laboratory personnel are familiar with, and know how to access, the chemical hygiene plan, biosafety manual, and radiation safety manual as applicable.
- Written SOPs have been developed to cover specific laboratory operations.
- Laboratory-specific safety training is provided and documented.
- MSDSs and other hazard information are available and personnel know how to access them.
- A current inventory of chemical, biological, and radiological hazards is readily available.
- An approval or review process is used prior to the introduction of significant new risks to the laboratory.
General Laboratory Safety
- Lab emergency contact information is posted at lab entrance.
- Warning signs are posted to designate specific hazards.
- Aisles are clear and without tripping hazards.
- All exists are free and unobstructed.
- Appropriate safety eyewear, gloves, lab coats and other personal protective equipment is available and used.
Chemical Labeling and Storage
- Chemical containers are labeled with the content identity and hazard warnings.
- Chemicals are segregated by major hazard categories and incompatibles are separated.
- Peroxide forming chemicals are dated and tested at least annually.
- Flammable and combustible liquids storage volumes are minimized and stored in flammable storage cabinets or safety cans.
- Compressed gas cylinders are properly secured.
- Compressed fuel gases are separated from oxidizing gases.
- Flammable and toxic gases are stored in a well ventilated area, with highly toxic gases stored in a ventilated enclosure.
- An operable eyewash and emergency shower is readily available.
- Fire extinguishers are available, unobstructed, and operational.
- Chemical fume hoods are available, operational, and annual inspection is current.
- Biological safety cabinets are available, operational, and annual inspection is current.
- Chemical waste containers are labeled and lids are closed.
- Chemical waste is segregated by hazard class.
- Storage of waste is minimized and full waste containers are not allowed to accumulate.
- Biohazardous waste containers display the universal biohazard warning label.
- Sharps are collected in puncture-proof, leak proof containers displaying the biohazard warning label.
- Extension cords are not used as permanent wiring.
- Electrical cords are not frayed or damaged.
- Electrical cords contain a ground wire (three-prong plug).
- High voltages are shielded and adequately marked and labeled.
- Personnel have been trained to properly respond to spill, fire, and other incident scenarios.
- Chemical spill cleanup materials are available.
- Biological disinfectant and spill cleanup materials are available.
- First aid kit is available and appropriately stocked.
- Emergency phone numbers are posted by phone.