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Research Safety

URMES Laboratory Survey




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Those items identified as a problem require corrective action. Please consult the Industrial Hygiene unit for recommendations for resolving these issues. If you have any questions concerning individual checkpoints on this survey, please contact URMES at x5-3241.

Aisles/corridors were in compliance with the University’s Corridor Utilization Policy.
The entrance door was labeled with the names of two emergency contact people.
The lab fire door was found closed.
Appropriate signage was in use (biohazard, flammable, magnetic fields, etc.).
The general housekeeping was found to be in good order.
Tipping/slipping hazards were absent in the lab.
A hand-washing sink with soap and towels was available.
Vacuum breakers are on all faucets equipped with hoses
A site-specific plan was available.
Food/drink/smoking material was not found in the lab.
Personnel have access to safety information (copy of Chemical Hygiene Program, emergency phone numbers, etc.).
Combustible materials are stored away from sprinklers.
Safety information on fire extinguisher use is mounted to the extinguisher.
The fire extinguisher was properly mounted on the wall or in a cabinet.
Electrical wires were found in good condition with no cracks or fraying.
The electrical panel box was unobstructed.
Electrical faceplates were present and in good condition.
No "Cheater" 3 to 2 prong adaptors were in use.
Flammable liquids were stored at least 36" from electrical equipment.
Extension cords were not in use.
Only UL approved power strips were in use.
Power strips were plugged only into the wall, not into other power strips.
A safety shower was available within 100 feet and unobstructed.
An appropriate eyewash station was available and unobstructed.
A log for flushing the eye wash station is available.
Respirators were not in use or in the lab.
Personal protective equipment was available and in use.
The fume hood’s face velocity was checked within the last 12 months.
Minimal storage was found in the fume hood
Local exhaust was available for special equipment (canopy hood over autoclave, atomic absorption, etc.)
The auxiliary fume hood system’s filter was changed as required.
Separate and appropriate waste containers for broken glass and sharps are being used.
Separate and appropriate waste containers for unbroken glass are being used.
Hazardous waste is kept in an identified "Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area".
Hazardous waste containers were properly labeled "HAZARDOUS WASTE".
Hazardous waste tags were filled out as waste is being collected.
Hazardous waste containers were closed after use.
The waste collected is compatible with the container.
Secondary containment is being used for the hazardous waste collected.
Incompatible wastes were segregated using separate secondary containment.
Hazardous waste containers were filled no more than 3/4 full
An up to date chemical inventory was available.
The chemical inventory was located in a non-laboratory location in the event of an emergency.
Material Safety Data Sheets were available.
Containers were labeled with the identity of the contents and hazard warning.
The approved Chemical Abbreviation listing (CHP Appendix 9) was in use and posted in the lab
Chemicals were found stored in proper containers.
Chemicals were stored according to chemical classifications.
Mineral acids were found stored separately from flammable liquids.
Acids were found stored separately from Bases.
Acids and Bases are stored below eye level
Flammable liquids were stored properly.
Flammable liquids are only stored in a flammable storage cabinet or flammable storage refrigerator/freezer.
Peroxidizable compounds were dated when received and checked every 6 months
Unusable or excess stock was turned in to Hazardous Waste as waste or reissue.
Appropriate signage was in use for BSL 2 work
The biological safety cabinet (BSC) was certified within the last year.
Minimal storage is found in the BSC.
Biohazardous waste is kept in closed/labeled containers
Only micro Bunsen burners are found in the BSC.
An approved disinfectant was available/used.
Sharps containers were not filled over the fill line or to a point that presents a hazard to personnel.
Regulated medical waste is being disposed of properly.
A minimal quantity of gas cylinders was found stored in the lab.
Unused cylinders were capped.
Lecture cylinders and reagent bottles are kept less than one year.
Gas cylinders were stored away the sole exit of the laboratory.
Small gas cylinders were kept in a flammable storage cabinet
Gas cylinders were found secured.
Flexible gas tubing was found in good condition, not cracked or burned.
Appropriate signage was in use.
The laser is registered with Environmental Safety.
Required personal protective equipment was in use.