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Environment, Health and Safety

Moving/Releasing Equipment or Labs

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:

Moving/Closing Out Labs

The Laboratory Facility Release Policy describes procedures 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.

Servicing or Releasing Lab Equipment

The Laboratory Equipment Release Policy describes the procedures 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


The certification forms are to be posted on a lab door or attached to equipment after appropriate decontamination indicating 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.