Checklists and Definitions

Detailed checklists and definitions are used for each category of inspection. These are intended to serve as a quick reference. The details of each requirement are described in various institutional safety manuals.

All checklists are grouped into nine major categories, as listed below:

  • Administrative: general items related to documentation, record keeping, presence of safety manuals, etc.
  • Labeling: includes all required postings and labeling [e.g., National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) signs, hazard warning labels, etc.].
  • Personnel/Safety: ensuring that all personnel training is complete and current, including knowledge of safety requirements, agent-specific training, etc.
  • Use areas: appropriateness of the area for intended use, area security, lack of clutter, etc.
  • Contamination control: area decontamination, adequacy of hazardous storage, proper procedures to prevent potential contamination, etc.
  • Personnel exposure control: participation in the medical surveillance program administered by the Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP), appropriate vaccinations, exposure control equipment, etc.
  • Equipment: appropriateness of safety equipment (e.g., biosafety cabinets, fume hoods), verification that the certifications are current, proper waste disposal containers, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Inventory control: verification of appropriate inventory records (e.g., receipts, usage, storage, disposal), shipping records, etc.
  • Emergency action plans: presence of emergency action plans appropriate for the facility.

These groupings allow for trending of the findings and assist with the programmatic reviews to determine whether changes to safety or training programs are required.