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Changes In Lab Occupancy

In case of a lab occupancy change situation such as retiring of a faculty, new coming faculty member, new coming LS, graduating student or facility renovation, the occupant should inform her/his successor about potential issues and hazards.

Failure to address the change in occupancy can result in:

  • Old, unlabelled chemicals, samples, or hazardous waste being left behind in refrigerators, freezers, and cabinets. 
  • Valuable furniture or equipment being moved or thrown away. 

These issues can result in costly remediation efforts and wasted resources for both the faculty and the university. 

If you are planning to leave your laboratory or if you know of a research group or students that are planning to leave, there are a few simple steps that can be followed to ensure a smooth transition

  • Notify your LS and LSS well in advance of the planned move. 
  • Ensure all chemical containers are properly labelled. 
  • Properly dispose of any hazardous and chemical waste left in the laboratory. 
  • Ensure all chemical spills and contamination has been cleaned up. 
  • The established checkout protocol (see Appendix 5.2.) is to be strictly followed by graduate students before leaving University Facilities. 

Laboratory Design and Construction

Taking health and safety considerations is the key to provide best service during construction/renovation process. These measures should be taken in advance during the design process prior to construction process. Following information need to be given to LS and LSS before starting a new lab construction:

  • Contact name, phone number, email
  • Program, building and room(s) the project will occur in
  • Expected start date for project
  • The proposed equipment to be installed - fume hoods, biosafety cabinet, other capture devices, eyewash and emergency shower, toxic gas cabinet and monitoring devices, etc.

NOTE: A list of chemicals, including approximate usage (weekly/monthly) and storage quantities will be needed during the process to ensure proper ventilation rates and engineering controls.