Lab security

Close and lock your doors

In support of workplace safety and security, the university is reminding researchers to close and lock all unoccupied laboratories.

Why close and lock the doors to your laboratory?

1. To reduce theft and increase personal safety 

The University of Alberta is not immune to theft. A locked door is an easy way to deter property theft and prevent unwanted visitors. By locking your laboratory as you leave, you ensure that the space will be unoccupied and secure when you return. 

2. To comply with regulations

The following government regulators require doors to laboratories to be closed and/or locked: 

  •  Public Health Agency of Canada
  •  Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  •  Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Government of Alberta (Fire Code)

Failure to comply with regulations may result in suspension of research and funding.  

3. As a fire barrier

Closed doors slow the spread of fire and help to protect room contents. A locked door does not impede fire response: first responders use master keys to enter a space.  

4. To secure research

Laboratories house ongoing experiments, data, and other proprietary information. By closing and locking your door, you are protecting your own and others' research activities.

5. To facilitate ventilation

Ventilation systems are designed to meet the needs of a laboratory; open doors may alter air flow. Close the door to the laboratory to ensure efficient air exchange and to stabilize temperature and other comfort parameters.