Lab Inspection Program
The IBC is responsible for conducting annual inspections of all IBC-approved BSL-2, BSL-3, ACL-2, and ACL-3 laboratory spaces at K-State. Conducting routine inspections of laboratory spaces is critical to identifying potential hazards and regulatory risk by assessing compliance with various regulatory standards.
Examples of IBC findings during lab visits that require correction are below.
- Labels missing or worn out
- No lids on bins
- Open bins
- Too much being stored in the cabinet
- Items obstructing cabinet grills that may impede cabinet function
- Incomplete training records
- Missing sign off sheets showing lab members have read and understand lab-specific SOPs
- Weekly flushing/check logs missing or incomplete
- Obstructed station
- Missing signage or signage not permanently affixed
- Tabs lying open
Labeling of chemicals
- Incomplete chemical name or missing warning icons on chemicals in secondary containers
- Eye/face protection not readily available or not in use
- No plan for sanitation of lab coats
- Access to shower obstructed by clutter
- Incomplete, outdated, or missing signage (including stickers on equipment) for biohazard use within incubators, centrifuges, dewars, etc.
- Emergency spill instructions, emergency contact lists missing
Raw wood surfaces or fabric chairs that cannot be decontaminated easily
Paper towels for drying clean hands not in enclosed containers
Overall issues with excess items stored in labs/clutter