- Have 2-3 "essential personnel" in your laboratory been identified and their tasks clearly defined should there be a need to implement a lab shut down?
- Does your laboratory have a specific checklist for shutting down operations?
- Is the information current on the Hazard Information notice posted by the entrance
- Name and contact number for PI
- Name and contact number for Lab Manager or Group Safety Officer
- Hazards listed (chemical, biological, radioactive, others)
- Are containers of chemical, radioactive, and biohazard materials securely capped, properly labeled and safely stored?
- Are containers of hazardous wastes securely capped, properly labeled, and safely stored?
- Have chemicals been removed from laboratory benches and open shelves, and stored in appropriate chemical cabinets?
- Are incompatible chemicals stored separately from one another?
- Are chemical containers stored above floor level in case of flooding?
- Are compressed gas cylinders properly secured and stored in an upright position?
- Do compressed gas cylinders that are not in use have their valve caps tightly secured?
- Is proper special storage ensured for chemicals that are air-reactive, water-reactive, or temperature sensitive?
- Are glove boxes sufficiently supplied with required gases to ensure an oxygen-free atmosphere for water and/or air-reactive chemicals stored inside?
- Are critical equipment plugged into an emergency power outlet?
- Are non-critical equipment safely powered down and unplugged, if possible?
- If equipment needs to be kept powered, are measures in place to prevent surging?
- Are equipment stored above floor level in case of flooding?
- Are equipment covered with protective tarp or plastic sheets?
- For experiments that take more than 24 hours to safely shut down and secure, do you have a shutdown procedure and what are the contingencies?
- If you are working with animals, have you made arrangements for protective care?
- Are all components of a critical long-term experiment (power, water, gas, equipment, etc.) secured and sufficient supply ensured to prevent interruption?
- Are non-critical and high hazard experiments stopped? Are equipment turned off and unplugged? Are gas supplies turned off? Is the main cylinder valve closed?
- Is your intellectual property (lab notebooks, ledgers, CDs, laptops) safely stored and backed up?