Laboratory Safety Checklist

Emergency Equipment:
Fire Extinguishers:

  • Extinguishers in designated location
  • Accessible and free from obstruction
  • Current year and date of last inspection indicated on tag

Safety Showers and Eye Washes:

  • Labeled, accessible and free from obstruction
  • Eye washes and drench hoses flushed weekly by department
  • Safety showers flushed annually by the maintenance department

First Aid:

  • Kits in designated areas
  • Inventory lists inside of First Aid kit
  • First aid kit properly and currently stocked
  • Emergency phone numbers posted

Electric Powered Apparatus:
Refrigerators and Freezers:

  • Only "explosion proof " or "explosion safe" refrigerators/freezers may be used in labs to store flammables
  • Refrigerators/freezers not "explosion proof" or "explosion safe" labeled "NO FLAMMABLES ALLOWED"
  • Refrigerators/freezers labeled for "CHEMICAL USE ONLY" or "FOOD USE ONLY" and used accordingly
  • Interior sound and free of chemical spills or contamination: containers stoppered or tightly closed
  • Refrigerators/freezers must be lockable


  • Electrical Apparatus equipped with ground plugs
  • Extension cords are prohibited
  • Two prong appliances not to be located within a 5 foot radius of flammables
  • Appliances properly grounded
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