COSHH Chemical Safety Checklist

This COSHH Chemical Safety form can be used to check the safety of substances in an area, to monitor and train employees on hazards, and to check compressed gasses. Using these Hazardous Substance Chemical Safety Checklists, you can establish safe procedures for spills, leaks, and other accidents in the workplace and ensure that your employees are aware of the regulations and procedures that have been established.​

COSHH Chemical Safety Checklist



Compressed Gases

1. Are cylinders properly labeled and d o they have valve caps?


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2. Are cylinders in good cond ition?


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3. Do the gas welding carts have fire extinguishers attached?


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4. Are empty and full bottles labeled and segregated by hazard?


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5. Are cylinders stored upright and away from heat sources?


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6. Are cylinders stored in a dry well ventilated area?


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7. Are o xygen cylinders stored sep arately?


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8. Are cylinders secured?


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9. Are gas storage areas secured and separated from other areas of chemical storage?


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10. Have employees been instructed in compressed gas hazards?


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11. Have the workers been trained to inspect cylinders regulators and hoses before each use?


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12. Have the workers been trained to report leaking cylinders imme diately?


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Area Safety Check

1. Is area clean, neat, and odor free?


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2. Are all chemicals stored ac cord ing to co mpa tibility?


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3. Are storage locations of segregated chemicals identified?


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4. Are containers proper for the type of chemical they contain?


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5. Are containers used for sto rage o f waste materials appropriate for their contents?


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6. Are containers used for storage of waste materials closed and free of outside contaminants?


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7. Are all containers closed?


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8. Are all containers properly labeled to indicate contents and principal hazard?


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9. Are all chemicals and pesticid es dated up on receipt?


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10. Are all chemicals and pesticides disposed of before their expiration date?


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11. Are chemical storage cabinets being used for storage?


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12. Has floor storage of chemical containers been eliminated?


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13. Are flammable and highly flammable chemicals stored in approved safety cans or cabinets?


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14. Are b onding and grounding straps available for bulk flamm able containers?


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15. Is fire suppression or fire protection available?


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16. Are chemicals that require refrigeration stored in non-sparking chemical storage refrigerators?


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17. Are refrigerators and freezers used to store chemicals labeled with “No Food Storage”?


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18. Are food and drinks kept out of the work areas where chemicals are present?


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19. Do es the lab have appropriate ventilation for the types of chemicals in use?


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20. Do the ventilators operate properly and have they been tested?


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21. Are eyewa sh and em ergency showers available in chemical use areas?


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22. Are the eyewash and emergency showers operating properly and have they been tested?


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23. Is appropriate personal protective equipment available for use?


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24. Is appropriate safety equipment consistently worn in the work area?


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25. Are sp ill procedures supplies and decontamination materials available where needed?


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26. Are sp ills cleaned up or rep orted immediately?


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27. Are there sufficient and appropriate waste disposal containers in the laboratory?


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28. Is an up-to-date written safety plan (Chemical Hygiene Plan or Hazard Comm unication Program) accessible within the work area where hazardous materials are present?


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29. Are Material Safety Data Sheets available for all chemicals used?


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30. Is an ongoing inventory of hazardous chemicals maintained?


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Employee Monitoring And Training

1. Does the lab have an up-to-date written Chemical Hygiene Plan?


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2. Is the Chemical Hygiene Plan located where it is easily accessible?


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3. Have staff and students received Haza rdous C hemical Aw areness training?


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4. Are staff and students aware of pro cedures in place for use of high risk chemicals?


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5. Have workers been trained in pro per dispo sal proced ures?


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6. Are staff and stud ents familiar with spill cleanup requirements for their chemicals?


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7. Have the workers been trained in use o f eyewash emerge ncy showers and fire extinguishers?


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8. Have the workers received the appropriate medical examinations for the work they perform?


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9. Are reco rds for med ical exams maintained in dep artment files?


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10. Has a protective equipment assessment been completed and documented for the tasks performed in the work area?


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11. Have wo rkers b een trained in understanding M aterial Safety Data Sheets?


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