Environmental Health & Safety

Laboratory housekeeping inspection guidance

Housekeeping in the laboratory


There is a definite correlation between orderliness and level of safety in the laboratory.


Good housekeeping creates an intrinsically safer workplace and should be maintained scrupulously in areas where highly toxic substances are handled.


The philosophy of good housekeeping and maintenance of your laboratory can go a long way in minimizing hazards.

  • Keep work areas and storage areas clean and uncluttered.
  • Chemicals and equipment are to be properly labeled and stored.
  • Clean up area on completion of an operation or at the end of each day.


Avoid storing items such as chemical bottles on the floor.  This presents a tripping hazard and in the event a bottle should leak or rupture, secondary spill containment should be provided.