Notify Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) soon as you know you will be
Vacating your laboratory
Moving Equipment (different location, repair or disposal)
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
Environmental Health and Safety Office: UPC & HSC: (323) 442-2200
USC Facilities Management Services: UPC: (213) 740-2311 & HSC: (323) 442-2000