Department of Chemistry
Simple Steps to Avoid a Bad Lab Audit
Prepared by Travis Verret & Vikki Carhart Feb-2014
- Check that your Self-Inspection forms are completed
- Make sure that the Lab Safety Officer section in the front is current
- Check that your eyewash and safety shower flush logs are completed and current
- Make sure that your online Hazardous Chemicals of Concerns (HCOC) inventory has been updated in the last 6 months for each lab room (see registering your lab)
- Tag and get rid of any old or questionable waste
- Make sure ALL waste bottles have dates and full chemical names on them
- There should be NO waste older than 6 months. Waste bottles getting close to 6 months should be tagged for removal.
- Make that your Chemical Spill kit is full
- Print out new training records for everyone. Because there is constant training, it is a good idea to periodically reprint the training records.
- Make sure that all liquids have secondary containment and that the secondary containment is properly labeled
- Make sure that the lab is clean and not "cluttered" — VERY IMPORTANT. Auditors seem to go into "full inspection mode" when they enter a messy lab.
- Make sure that ALL containers are labeled with full chemical names — not abbreviations, such as "EtOH" for ethanol
Last modified February 20 2014 02:53 PM