The decision to close down a laboratory is never an easy one. While the procedures for relocating a laboratory and closing down a laboratory are similar, there are some key and very important differences to keep in mind. Depending on where your lab is located, certain facilities may have their own procedures for shuttering a lab – this applies primarily to colleges – but it is important to investigate this before beginning any type of closing procedures. Typically, the first step is to notify Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) department of a lab closure. Submitting any necessary forms as soon as possible is key. Most organizations request notice is given at least 3 months in advance.
Thirty days before you move, ensuring all hazardous and unknown materials in laboratory have been identified and no new ones have been created is key. Coordinate with a Lab Close-out coordinator (if available) to plan the safe transportation of any hazardous materials and any surplus laboratory equipment. Be sure you also clean and decontaminate any areas outside of the lab, such as cold rooms, hallway freezers, and common storage areas.
Again, different organizations have different procedures for shutting down laboratories, and this often includes what is done with surplus laboratory equipment. For example, the University of Iowa’s Surplus Stores manages all equipment for disposal and resale. However, if that is not the case with your lab, consider contacting The Lab World Group to resell your used lab equipment. Our experienced team can guide you through the process of closing down a lab, help to make arrangements, decommission equipment, and offer you a fair price for your used lab equipment. Then when the time comes we can come in and clear the laboratory out, freeing you up to deal with other details. Contact us today, we’re here to help!