Close out or renovate a lab

Wrapping up your research or relocating on campus?

If you're planning to leave or temporarily shut down your research space (including during major renovations), you must dispose of all hazardous materials.

Consult the Laboratory Closeout and Relocation Guidelines to shut down your workplace properly. The guidelines will help you to:

  • Transfer ownership of the laboratory or assist with reoccupancy
  • Ensure a safe workplace for the next laboratory occupants
  • Avoid unnecessary disposal and decontamination costs
  • Avoid potential fines

For advice on hazard disposal or transfer, contact EHS at

Remember: your department is responsible to dispose of or transfer all hazardous materials and to leave the laboratory tidy and free of contamination for the next occupants.