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Tier 1 Safety Inspection Results for FY ‘08

By Bob Colichio

Listed below is the breakdown of the total findings which were identified during Tier 1 Safety
Inspections for FY ’08.

The top 5 categories of findings were:
  • Chemical Safety (Storage
  • Open/unattended sharps containers
  • Chemical Safety (Labeling)
  • Electrical Safety
  • General Working Environment
  • Housekeeping
                   Descriptions of some of the findings are listed below the chart




       92% of Tier 1 Inspection
       Findings were corrected
       on the spot !


Chemical Safety Storage:
  • Incompatibles being stored together (ie; Nitric and Sulfuric Acid) also chemicals being stored “alphabetically” which may put incompatibles next to each other.
  • Loose or damaged caps
  • Corrosive liquids being stored on shelves above eye level
  • No secondary containment for liquids
  • Outdated peroxide testing

Open/unattended sharps containers:
  • Sharps containers have the round spin wheel in the constant open position.
  • Cover not tightly snapped closed
Chemical Safety Labeling:
  • Unlabeled bottles, jars, wash bottles and dispensers
  • Labels faded to the point of being unreadable
  • Use of chemical symbols instead of the chemical name
Electrical Safety:
  • Frayed or damaged power cords
  • Extension cords used for non-temporary equipment
  • Blocked electrical panels
  • Cascading outlet strips or extension cords
General Working Environment:
  • Freezers needing defrosting (chemicals/samples icebound)
  • Improper storage of heavy materials on shelves
  • Items blocking access to sink eyewashes
  • Trip hazards caused by wires, tubing or equipment
  • General clutter on floors/benchtops
  • Unused equipment
  • Clutter in fume hoods (which can impact hood face velocity)
  • Excessive storage of equipment on shelves

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