2017/18 General Lab Safety Inspection Questions

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Administrative and Training

  1. Is the roster in L@B current?
  2. Has the PI taken EHS 101: Lab Safety Fundamentals, or a refresher course, in the past three years?
  3. Have all lab members (excluding the PI) taken EHS 101: Lab Safety Fundamentals, or a refresher course, in the past three years?
  4. Has the PI certified the Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) within the last year?
  5. Does the lab have current SOPs (chemical, hazardous operations, etc.)?
  6. Have the lab members signed the training documentation page on all applicable SOPs?
  7. Has the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) been filled out or reviewed within the past year?
  8. Has the CHP been signed by all lab members?

Chemical and Equipment Safety

  1. Are all hazardous waste containers labeled with current Hazardous Waste Program (HWP) labels?
  2. Are all hazardous waste containers kept closed except when adding waste?
  3. Are emergency eyewashes being flush tested monthly? [The campus is responsible for testing emergency showers annually.]
  4. Is access to emergency eyewashes and showers unobstructed?
  5. Are all compressed gas cylinders adequately secured with two non-combustible restraints?
  6. Are all compressed gas cylinders capped when not in use?
  7. Is a current chemical inventory door sign posted outside the room?
  8. Is all equipment with the potential to operate above 600V labeled with “DANGER - High Voltage”?
  9. Are all energized electrical conductors protected from physical contact with personnel, tools, falling items, or liquids?

Fire Safety
(Issues reported in this section will be followed up by Fire Prevention Division member Megan Hall.)

  1. Is 18 inches of clearance provided from the top of stored materials to the ceiling in laboratories with fire sprinklers (24 inches if no sprinklers are present)? (For all questions and follow-up issues regarding this item, please contact Fire Prevention Division member Megan Hall, mchall@berkeley.edu.)
  2. Are aisles clear of obstructions and slip or trip hazards? (For all questions and follow-up issues regarding this item, please contact Fire Prevention Division member Megan Hall, mchall@berkeley.edu.)
  3. Are exits clear of obstructions and slip or trip hazards? (For all questions and follow-up issues regarding this item, please contact Fire Prevention Division member Megan Hall, mchall@berkeley.edu.)
  4. Is access to portable fire extinguishers free of obstructions? (For all questions and follow-up issues regarding this item, please contact Fire Prevention Division member Megan Hall, mchall@berkeley.edu.)
  5. Are incompatible gases adequately separated (e.g., oxygen and flammables)? (For all questions and follow-up issues regarding this item, please contact Fire Prevention Division member Megan Hall, mchall@berkeley.edu.)