OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

LABORATORY INSPECTION FORM

Department: Plant and Soil Sciences

Room(s): 201/204/205 Worrilow Hall

Principle Investigator(s): R. Carroll & T. Evans

Date: 4/1/98

Inspector(s): Kelly Morgan, Daryl Whittington, Mohamed Sedequi, Veronica Basnayake, Robert Carroll, Tom Evans

Period: Spring 98

 

Area

 

S

 

UNS

 

NA

 

Comments (CHO Response)

 ADMINISTRATIVE:

 

 

 

 

Emergency Posting?

 X
 

 

 

After hours work?

 X

 

 

 

Windows covered?

 X

 

 

 

Unauthorized occupants?

 X

 

 

 

Chemical inventory available?

 
 X

 

(Please submit current inventory to CHO)

MSDSs in lab?

 X
 

 

 

RTK/CHP training?

 
X

 

Veronica needs training. We discussed her options for obtaining this training. Forward information to DOHS.

Job Hazard Analysis?

 

X

 

Set up JHA Training or visit OHS web site

PPE available?

X

 

 

 

No Smoking, Eating, Drinking?

X

 

 

 

Emergency training?

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ELECTRICAL:

 

 

 

 

General condition?

X
 

 

 

Use of extension cords?

 X
 

 

 

Breaker/Circuit identification?

X
 
  

 

Ground fault protection?

 X
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 GENERAL SAFETY:

 

 

 

 

Housekeeping/egress?

 

 X

 

 In process of setting up 201 WOR

Tripping/slipping hazards?

 
 X

 

In process of setting up 201 WOR

Surplus equipment?

 

 X

 

 In process of setting up 201 WOR

Hot surfaces/equipment?

X

 

 

 

Refrigerators/freezers?

X

 

 

 

Safety shower/eye wash?

 

X

 

KHM sent message 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

 

 

 

Detectors/sprinklers?

 X

 

 

 

Combustible storage?

 X

 

 

 

Extinguishing systems?

 X

 

 

 

Special concerns?

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEMICAL CONCERNS:

 

 

 

 

Spill kits?

 X

 

 

 

Storage by hazard?

 
 X

 

 90% complete. Still working on it.

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
 

 

 

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  

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Snake venom. See below.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS:

Snake venom had been used without a fume hood. Dr. Carroll has provided a fume hood where this material MUST be used. I have provided a MSDS for the material to the user, Christiana Hospital and it is attached. I have also verified that Christiana Hospital has the ANTIVENOM on site for this material. I have attached a SOP for highly toxic materials that should be filled out and kept on file. I have filled in most of the information. Also attached is the Antivenom profile sheet that should be kept with the SOP and MSDS in case of an emergency.

Daryl, please pase this information along to Dr. Carroll and Mohamed Sedegui in case of emergency.

I have put in a request to HVAC to have the temperature control problem in 201/205 looked into. The problem with heat build up in 201 as a result of the autoclave will not be addressed by proving a local exhaust trunk. I have verified that the grill directly over the autoclave is exhaust. This fact, along with the window being located directly next to the autoclave makes it difficult to justify the expenditure associated with providing a local exhaust as a safety renovation; however the Plant and Soil Science Department can pay for this type of renovation out of a building fund.

There is a table top fume hood in Worrilow 205. I came back and opened the top to verify there are charcoal filters inside the hood. Someone needs to put the hood on a service schedule to make sure the filters are changed out as needed.

There was a safety concern about students using 201 being able to walk into 205 where there are explosive, toxic and biohazardous mateials. The room in between 201 can be locked. A survey was done to detemine the maximum number of students in the lab at one time, the types of materials being used in the room and the classification of the lab. At this point in time, with the small number of students and amounts of hazardous materials in the lab; there are no requirements to have 2 exits from the lab. If in the future your occupancy load or material usage changes, you may need to unlock the door again. Before locking the door you must remove the exit sign currently on the door.

I am currently in the process of trying to find the maximum load that can be placed on top of and inside your cabinets. In the meantime, please restrict the storage of mateials on top of shelves to light weight materials.

 


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