Laboratory Opening and Closeout Procedures

Laboratory Opening Procedures

Note: Research and Environmental Safety requires that an inspection be performed when opening a new laboratory. These procedures were established to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations.

Contact the Research and Environmental Safety (RES) at 404-413-3535 for an on-site inspection of your laboratory(s). RES will assist the laboratory supervisor in the areas of chemical, radiation, and biological safety to open your laboratory. RES will process your request and notify all pertinent safety programs.

For new or existing faculty members who are planning to open a new laboratory, it is recommended that you schedule an inspection two weeks prior to beginning work in the laboratory.

Laboratory Opening Checklist:

__ Call Research and Environmental Safety at 404-413-3535 and request a laboratory inspection.

__ Emergency safety showers are working and accessible within 100 feet of each potential hazard.

__ Emergency eye washes are working and accessible within 10 seconds of any point in the laboratory.

__ Fire extinguishers are accessible and have been inspected within the last year.

__ Spill control materials and a first aid kit are present in the lab.

__ Flammable storage cabinets are available for volumes in excess of 10 gallons.

__ Chemicals are stored according to class and compatibility and not alphabetically.

__ All primary and secondary reagents are properly labeled.

__ Acids and bases are in chemical resistant secondary containers in approved locations such as corrosives storage cabinets.

__ The fume hood(s) has been certified by GSU Occupational Safety within the past year.

__ All gas cylinders are properly secured (one individual, secure anchor per cylinder). It is recommend that the cylinders be tagged as empty, full, or in use.

__ All outlets have ground fault circuit interrupters.

__ Power cords on all computers and equipment are not frayed.

__ Only UL 1449 or TVSS rated power strips are employed in lab.

__ Power strips are used only with computers and computerized equipment.

__ Emergency phone numbers (police, fire, poison control, etc.) are posted in laboratory.

__ Laboratory postings are in place (door signs, emergency numbers, refrigerator stickers, safety shower and eye wash locations).

__ Required training completed (Chemical-Specific Right to Know, Hazardous Waste, Radiation, and Biosafety).

__ Chemical inventory and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) are available in the laboratory for all hazardous chemicals.

Laboratory Closeout Procedures

Note: Research and Environmental Safety (RES) requires an exit inspection be performed when closing an existing laboratory. Follow the Laboratory Opening Procedures above if you are moving from one laboratory to another. These procedures were established to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations.

Contact Research and Environmental Safety (RES) at 404-413-3535 for an on-site inspection of your laboratory(s). RES will assist the laboratory supervisor in the areas of chemical, radiation, and biological safety to close your laboratory. RES will process your request and notify all pertinent safety programs

For existing faculty it is recommended that the closing process be started no later than 30 days before the final day of employment.

Laboratory Closeout Checklist:

__ The entire laboratory has been transferred to a new user or the department head.

__ Ownership of useable unwanted chemicals has been transferred to another party and Chematix is up to date.

__ Chemicals destined for waste, have been picked up by RES (30 days in advance).

__ Radioactive waste has been removed from the laboratory (for radioisotope users only).

__ All equipment and furniture has been decontaminated.

__ All equipment that is not to be moved has been scheduled for surplus pickup prior to the move.

__ Special arrangements have been made for moving heavy, delicate, or hazardous equipment.

__ All chemicals and equipment have been removed from common storage areas or assigned to another user.

__ The laboratory has been properly cleaned and is ready for the next user.

__ Radiation safety has inspected and decommissioned the laboratory (radioisotope users only).

__ The Research and Environmental Safety group has inspected the laboratory.

__ The Biosafety Officer has inspected the laboratory.