Laboratory & Equipment Relocation

Notify Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) soon as you know you will be

  • Vacating your laboratory
  • Renovating laboratory
  • Moving Equipment (different location, repair or disposal) 
Laboratory Relocation or Renovation 
Whether a laboratory is being vacated due to remodeling , relocation, or any other reason, it is important that the laboratory be left in a safe condition for the next occupants.
After Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has assured that a laboratory is safe and free of hazardous materials, they will indicate so by placing a sign on the laboratory door indicating that it is free of hazardous materials. 
Once the laboratory has been posted by EH&S that it is free of hazardous materials, renovations and cleaning of the laboratory may begin. 
Personnel from Physical Plant, Housekeeping or outside contractors may not begin renovations or cleaning of laboratories until posted by EH&S. 
Moving Laboratory Equipment 
If individual pieces of laboratory equipment are to be relocated, repaired or disposed; EH&S will label the equipment after it has been checked to be free of hazardous materials 
Once the laboratory equipment has been labeled by EH&S that it is free of hazardous materials, the equipment many be removed from the laboratory.
There are three major areas to address: (click on links to know the details)
Brochures (PDF)




 Decontaminate large equipment that is being transferred , such as refrigerators, freezers and fume hood, using a detergent cleaner or decontamination solution. 

 Assure that all compressed gas cylinders are labeled. Occupants that are leaving the University must arrange for the cylinders to be returned to the manufacturer or Central Receiving. 

 Identify and clearly label all chemical containers. EH&S can provide you with labels. 

 Dispose of all expired chemicals through EH&S 

 Assign chemicals that are not being moved to the chemical exchange program. 

 Identify all unknowns. 

 Ensure that fume hoods are free of hazardous materials and cleaned with detergent cleaner or decontamination solution. 

Packages all chemicals in compatible hazard classes. 

 Identify chemical wastes, segregate waste streams, label and fill out appropriate disposal forms. Contact EH&S for labels and to schedule a waste pick-up. 

 Flammable   Acids 
 Bases   Poisons 
 Oxidizers   Reducers 



Biological materials include all etiologic agents, human and animal blood, blood products and bodily fluids. 

 Dispose of biological agents in appropriate containers; i.e., sharps containers and red bags. 

 Return all empty containers to EH&S. 

 When transporting biological materials by mail, the personnel should have Blood Borne Pathogens training and follow DOT requirements; when transporting outside the laboratory the personnel should have Shipping training and use leak proof, puncture resistant and biohazard labeled containers. 

 Disinfect all contaminated equipment and work surfaces with appropriate disinfectant (e.g. 10% bleach) prior to relocation and vacating the laboratory. Contact EH&S for instructions. 

 All biological safety cabinets must be decontaminated by an approved biosafety cabinet certifier before removal. 

 All biological safety cabinets must be recertified for correct air flow and filter integrity after being moved. Contact EH&S for a recommended cabinet certifier. 



 Make arrangements with EH&S to remove all radioactive materials including waste from the laboratory. 

 Perform wipe tests on all equipments and areas where radioactive materials have been used. Decontaminate any contaminated areas using a detergent cleaner or decontamination solution. 

 Radioactive labels should be removed from all equipments after the wipe test has been done and it is confirmed that there is no contamination. 

 EH&S will perform final close-out survey of the entire facility. If no contamination is found, postings will then be removed. Notify EH&S to arrange transport of radioactive materials to a new location. 


If the laboratory is being vacated because the researcher is leaving the University, the following additional steps must be followed: 

 Usage Records must be updated and finalized. 

 All radioactive material waste containers must be removed or picked-up. 

 Personnel Dosimeters must be returned to EH&S. 

 Termination bioassays must be performed, if necessary. 



If you are moving into a new facility within USC, please make sure that all lab personnel have required training. 

If new place requires use of respirators, make sure that the personnel are fit tested. 

Contact EH&S for any concerns 



Contact information: 

Environmental Health and Safety Office: UPC & HSC: (323) 442-2200

USC Facilities Management Services: UPC: (213) 740-2311 & HSC: (323) 442-2000