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Lab Deactivation and Moving Guidelines

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Laboratory deactivation occurs when lab space is vacated and consists of the removal of all chemicals, both waste and unused product, biological, and radiological materials and associated hazards from a laboratory.

It includes the decontamination of working surfaces, including bench, cabinet, and fume hood surfaces, and other areas potentially contaminated with hazardous materials. 

Laboratory deactivations are often associated with renovation projects or moves to new space and may need to be considered in those contexts.  If lab space is being returned to the Dean’s reserve, formal deactivation and documentation is required.  If lab space is being exchanged within a department’s purview of space, the department bears responsibility for assuring that those leaving the space satisfy the expectations of those reoccupying the space as well as all associated health and safety considerations.  The guiding principal is to leave the space in the condition in which you would like to acquire or occupy it.

These guidelines are presented in the following sections:



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