To move or close a lab safely and per regulatory requirements, follow detailed instructions below.
1. Notify HazMat & Lab Safety
Contact the Hazardous Materials Division at (213) 740-7215 or email@example.com and Lab Safety at (323) 442-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org when preparing to move or close a lab. Research groups may request a HazMat Lab Closeout Checklist to prepare for the relocation or closure.
The scope of the move or closure may include:
- Hazardous materials (e.g., chemicals, radioactive materials), bio agents, and controlled substances. Note that:
- All chemicals and hazardous materials must be transported by authorized individuals.
- Special procedures exist for moving/transferring radioactive and biological materials, and controlled substances.
- Instruments and equipment
- Protocol termination
- Closeout surveys
- Hazardous waste removal
- Decontamination of lab equipment and instruments
Additional notifications to the following groups may be necessary:
- Biosafety email@example.com
- Radiation Safety firstname.lastname@example.org
- Controlled Substances Program email@example.com
2. Prepare Your Chemicals
After timely notifications, prepare chemicals for lab move or closure:
- Ensure your chemical inventory in EHSA is accurate. NOTE: Chemical inventory and EHSA permit will be deactivated upon lab closure.
- Replace any illegible labels and check that all containers are labeled to accurately describe the contents (no abbreviations or trade names).
- Check containers for damage or cracks and replace or dispose of any damaged containers.
- Segregate chemicals into the following categories/hazard classes:
- Inorganic oxidizer
- Flammable liquids
- Inorganic acids
- Inorganic bases
- Organic acids
- Flammable solids
- Organic compounds without the previously stated hazards
- Inorganic compounds without the previously stated hazards
3. Clean and Decontaminate
The lab will need to be prepped, cleaned, and decontaminated before a certificate of decommissioning is issued. Once the certificate is issued, the lab is ready to be vacated.
Review the Lab Decommission SOP for detailed instructions.