As you walk through a well-kept laboratory, you should note a clean and orderly workplace.
- Floors should be free of hazards. Never leave carelessly discarded objects, dropped objects, or spilled material on the floor.
- Always keep tables, chemical hoods, floors, aisles, and desks clear of all material not being used.
- There should always be two clear passageways to exits.
- There should always be clear space around safety showers or eyewashes, fire extinguishers, and electrical controls.
- Sink traps and floor drain traps should be filled with water at all times to prevent the escape of sewer gases into the laboratories.
- Any frequently used bench apparatus should be kept well away from any edges and secured whenever possible.
- Clean work areas upon completion of an experiment or at the end of each day.
- Bench tops and bench liners should be free of visible contamination.
- Reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls by cleaning up liquid or solid spills immediately, keeping doors and drawers closed and passageways clear of obstructions.
- Sharp or pointed tools should be properly sheathed or stored.
- Clothing should be hung in proper locations and not draped over equipment or benches.
- Less commonly used equipment should be kept in storage.
- Do not store chemical containers on the floor.
- Do not store excess cardboard boxes, equipment boxes, Styrofoam, etc. under lab benches, on shelves, or above shelves/cabinets throughout the lab. This can be a safety as well as a fire hazard.