May Safety Focus: Lab Inspections


The May Safety Focus will be Lab Inspections. It is our intention to do lab inspections twice a year during the spring, fall and anytime a lab has multiple violations.

Please arrange a day where you can give your lab a full cleaning. Dr. Mike Debord and I will be around during the month to inspect every lab.

Most Common violations:

  1. Hood Sashes left open
  2. Bench/Work area messes
  3. Cluttered hoods
  4. Improper Waste Documentation (DO NOT VENT WASTE THROUGH THE HOODS –Major EPA Violation)
  5. Flammables-improperly stored
  6. Dirty Base Baths
  7. Cluttered sinks
  8. No labels on glassware with chemicals
  9. Dirty gloves left everywhere
  10. Trip hazards
  11. Vacuum pump oil messes
  12. Garbage in the glass waste

Thank you to the students who shared this funny video with me:

Make it a Safer Day!

Diana Woolf
Safety Officer
College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering
The University of Akron
T: 330-972-7478
F: 330-972-5290