In order to comply with applicable federal and state regulations, laboratories and equipment in which hazardous materials have been used must be decontaminated prior to vacating the space to make it ready for the next occupant.
Adherence to the following procedures will ensure that employees, students, service employees and members of the public are not needlessly exposed to potentially dangerous materials, and that all regulated materials are disposed of properly.
The Laboratory Facility Release Procedure describes the steps to be followed to safely and legally deactivate and release to unrestricted use, or transfer responsibility for laboratory facilities, which may potentially be contaminated by hazardous chemical, radiological, or biological materials.
After reviewing the Policy, use the Checklist and Form in the Related Links box to the right to release your lab.
The Laboratory Equipment Release Procedure describes the steps to be followed to safely and properly prepare laboratory equipment, which may potentially be contaminated, by hazardous chemicals, radiological, or biological materials for service or repair by University Facilities Operations, by commercial service vendors or released for unrestricted use.
After reviewing the Policy, use the Checklist and Form in the Related Links box to the right to release your equipment.
Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers are responsible for ensuring their work areas are left in a clean and acceptable condition prior to departing the lab. Use the Departing Laboratory Student Checklist to comply with this requirement. Principal Investigators must provide this checklist and see that applicable EH&S procedures are followed.
You must have your PI/Supervisor inspect the laboratory work area and determined that all of the checklist requirements have been met and has signed off to indicate such.
Do not conduct laboratory work after completing the Checklist.
Certification forms are to be posted on a lab door or attached to equipment after appropriate decontamination indicates that the lab or equipment is free of any hazardous chemical, biological and radioactive materials and does not pose a hazard to human health or the environment when servicing or released to the general public.