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  • Are all cabinets and shelves above 60” secured or anchored?
  • Are all electrical hand tools in good operating condition?
  • Are all employees who handle Hazardous Waste trained with documentation?
  • Are all light fixtures adequate and functioning properly?
  • Are all machines secured or anchored?
  • Are all plugs, cords, and panels enclosed, free from splices with\ninsulation in good condition?
  • Are all safety feet on the ladder in good condition?
  • Are all safety trainings documented and filed?
  • Are all welding equipment properly insulated?
  • Are all work sites clean and orderly?
  • Are cords secured so they do not run across pathways, under doors\nor the walls?
  • Are emergency eyewash and/or safety shower stations accessible and\nfunctioning?
  • Are emergency notification procedures, contacts, and phone numbers\nposted? (see EH&S website under General Safety for templates)
  • Are extension cords used only temporarily? Never link cords\ntogether!
  • Are eyewashes and safety showers inspected and (both) tested\nmonthly and records of testing available?
  • Are floors in good condition and kept dry?
  • Are fuel gas hoses red , oxygen green , and inert gas black?
  • Are gas cylinders and hoses free from cracks or dents?
  • Are gas cylinders legibly marked?
  • Are gas cylinders secured in an upright position by two steel chains or\nsteel cables?
  • Are ground fault circuit interrupters available for use?
  • Are hand tools effectively grounded or an approved double insulated\ntype?
  • Are ladders free from dents, splinters, grease, dirt, etc.?
  • Are lock-out procedures followed and appropriate tags in place?
  • Are machines regularly cleaned and maintained?
  • Are oily rags and combustible wastes kept in metal bin and\nremoved from the shop daily?
  • Are only approved welding equipment used?
  • Are tools are free from cracks and broken parts?
  • Are waste containers kept clean and emptied regularly?\\
  • Are written standard operating procedures (SOPs) or job hazard or job\nsafety analysis (JHA, JSA) for each machine available and executed\nby all employees?
  • Do all extension cords have grounding conductors?
  • Do all machines have guards to protect against points of operation, nip point, rotating parts, moving parts, flying chips, sparks, etc.?
  • Do employees and students know where and how to receive care for\nan injury?
  • Do only authorized employees perform repairs?
  • Do the spreaders lock in place?
  • Have all employees been trained on the equipment they operate?
  • Have all employees who handle Hazardous Materials been trained in either Hazard Communication or Laboratory Safety (Chemical Hygiene Plan), with documentation?
  • Is PPE provided and used when necessary?
  • Is a chemical fume hood(s) available and certified for use?
  • Is a fire extinguisher readily accessible (within 75 feet) and inspected\nwithin the last month?
  • Is a first aid kit readily accessible and adequately stocked?
  • Is defective equipment promptly reported, labeled, and repaired?
  • Is food kept in designated area at all times?
  • Is the breaker panels accessible (30” x 30” clearance in front of all\npanels and circuit breaker boxes) with labels identifying the\nfunction of each switch?
  • Is the ventilation system adequate for the work being performed?
  • No heavy items stored above shoulder height?
Lab Safety Inspection Checklist
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