OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

LABORATORY INSPECTION FORM

Department: Plant and Soil Sciences

Room(s): 101 & 104 Worrilow Hall

Principle Investigator(s): D.L. Sparks

Date: 3/31/98

Inspector(s): Kelly Morgan, Jerry Hendricks, Robert Ford, Kirk Scheckel

Period: Spring 98

 

Area

 

S

 

UNS

 

NA

 

Comments

 ADMINISTRATIVE:

 

 

 

 

Emergency Posting?

 X

 

 

 

After hours work?

 X

 

 

 

Windows covered?

 X

 

 

 

Unauthorized occupants?

 X

 

 

 

Chemical inventory available?

 X

 

 

 

MSDSs in lab?

 X

 

 

 

RTK/CHP training?

 X

 

 

 

Job Hazard Analysis?

 

X

 

Set up JHA Training or visit OHS web page

PPE available?

X

 

 

 

No Smoking, Eating, Drinking?

 X

 

 

 

Emergency training?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ELECTRICAL:

 

 

 

 

General condition?

 X

 

 

KHM sent message to Electric shop to have a survey done of GFI,and check orange plug

Use of extension cords?

 

 X

 

 

Breaker/Circuit identification?

 X

 

 

 

Ground fault protection?

 

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 GENERAL SAFETY:

 

 

 

 

Housekeeping/egress?

 X

 

 

 

Tripping/slipping hazards?

 

 X

 

Floors need mopped. I will forward this information to the custodial supervisor

Surplus equipment?

 X

 

 

 

Hot surfaces/equipment?

 X

 

 

 

Refrigerators/freezers?

 X

 

 

 

Safety shower/eye wash?

 

 X

 

KHM sent msg to Plumbing to inspect

Potable water protection?

 X

 

 

 

First Aid Kits?

 X

 

 

 

Needles/syringes secured?

 X

 

 

 

Emergency lights?

 

 

 X

 

Ice machines/microwave ovens?

 

 

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE SAFETY CONCERNS:

 

 

 

 

Fire extinguishers?

 X

 

 

KHM sent msg. to Bernie to work out Fire ext. training

Detectors/sprinklers?

 X

 

 

 

Combustible storage?

 X

 

 

 

Extinguishing systems?

 X

 

 

 

Special concerns?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEMICAL CONCERNS:

 

 

 

 

Spill kits?

 X

 

 

Need to move .5N HCL below eye level, or build a brackets to prevent from falling

Storage by hazard?

 X

 

 

 

Flammables/combustibles?

 X

 

 

 

Container labels?

 X

 

 

 

Excessive quantities?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT:

 

 

 

 

Quantity of waste accumulated?

 X

 

 

 

Segregated in proper containers?

 X

 

 

 

Properly labeled?

 X

 

 

 

Properly stored/secured?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL/ ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

 

 

 

 

Equipment clean and operable?

 X

 

 

 

Laboratory lighting?

 X

 

 

 

Moving parts guarded?

 X

 

 

 

Noise levels?

 X

 

 

 

Sharp edges, points?

 X

 

 

 

Shields used?

 X

 

 

 

Temperature?

 

 X

 

KHM sent msg. to HVAC to have thermostat repaired

Wet floors?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

 

 

 

 

Proper lab attire?

 X

 

 

 

PPE made available?

 X

 

 

 

Safety glasses being worn?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VENTILATION

 

 

 

 

Fume hood in use?

 X

 

 

 

Fume hood certified?

 X

 

 

 

Proper use of fume hood?

 X

 

 

 

Fume hood cluttered?

 

 X

 

Get materials in hood elevated or moved out of the hood to promote proper transfer of air

Biosafety cabinets?

 

 

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPRESSED GASES

 

 

 

 

Unnecessary storage?

 X

 

 

 

Capped/restrained/labeled cylinders?

 X

 

 

 

Proper lines and regulators?

 X

 

 

 

Regulators inspected?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

 

 

 

 

If any of the following are being used in the lab, notify DOHS at x8475.

Acutely toxic chemicals

Animals

Bloodborne pathogens

Carcinogens

Heavy metals

Infectious Agents

Lasers

PCBs

Pesticides

Recombinant DNA

Reproductive hazards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS:

 

I found a potential solution to the Hydrochloric acid bath problem. My observation of the problem was 2-fold, the material was being stored above eye level and it was causing a corrosion problem. I followed up after the inspection to verify that the corrosion problem did not extend past the 1st workbench. The fumes from the acid are going directly into the fume hood and being exhausted. I have found a material called Envirosolve. Envirosolve is a Buffered HCL Solution. The pH of the material is around 1; therefore you should be able to use this material for an acid bath. The good thing about this material is that because it is buffered it is not corrosive and has no fumes. This material could solve both of your problems. If you want to try this material, you can purchase a pint for $12.95 by calling this telephone number 800-382-0770.

 

I have spoken to Joseph Miller about the situation with the rust/iron material that is isolated to the back of the lab. Joseph Miller was already working on this issue with HVAC.

 

I also had an electrical survey done within Worrilow 104. There is no code requirement that all outlets next to sinks be GFI protected. I am sending a recommendation to the Director of Occupational Health & Safety requesting funding is located to install these. My recommendation will mention the fact that this is a wet chemistry lab and the amount of liquids you have stored above and around creates an additional hazard than just the sinks. The University Electrician also recommended you replace your orange 3-prong outlet with a power strip.

 


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