Lab Closeout Checklistadmin
Closing down a laboratory can be a daunting task. Depending on where your lab is located, certain facilities may have their own lab closeout procedures, however there are certain steps you should be sure to follow. The process for transporting and disposing of certain assets may vary by state, so be sure to research your location-specific procedures before proceeding.
- Evaluate all chemicals and label containers
- Identify chemicals for disposal and investigate unknown materials
- Clean and decontaminate fume hoods, bench tops, storage areas and equipment
- Keep controlled substances under lock and key at all times during a lab closeout, ensuring they remain accessible only to authorized personnel.
- Contact the Drug Control Unit for disposal (process varies by state)
- Ensure all gas cylinders are disconnected, valves are close, and caps are secured on top
- Mark cylinders either “Empty” or “Full” and contact your supplier for pick-up
- Dispose of preserved and non-preserved animal and human tissue when closing down a lab by following your locations approved hazardous waste pickup and disposal procedures
- Decontaminate all laboratory surfaces and equipment with appropriate
- Remove all biohazard labels and signage after decontamination has been completed
- Package all radioactive materials for disposal and arrange appropriate pickup
- Perform contamination survey, and resurvey if necessary
- Remove all radiation signs and postings after materials have been picked up
- If equipment is being left in place after the lab closeout, clean or decontaminate the equipment, including incubators, ovens, refrigerators and freezers
- If equipment is not being left, consider selling your equipment. Selling your lab equipment when closing down a lab is an excellent way to recoup your initial investment and keeps instruments out of landfills. Contact The Lab World Group for more information about how we can assist you.