Maintain a lab

Once you've set up your research space, continue to practice safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible work practices. Here are some ways to manage safety on a daily basis or during common workplace interruptions:

Laboratory repairs or maintenance

Complete the Facilities and Operations work requisition form, including information about hazards in the space. Attach a hazard assessment as necessary.

Moving equipment

Thinking of moving or surplussing equipment? Equipment MUST be decontaminated before it's moved. Follow the steps below:

  • For biological safety cabinets: contact HSE at for assistance.
  • For any other equipment: complete and submit an equipment decontamination form.

Regular inspections

Annual inspections

HSE conducts annual laboratory inspections to meet research groups, answer questions, and verify safe work practices. If you are a new researcher or have a new laboratory on campus, complete the New PI Survey to declare the work that you plan to do. 

In addition to annual inspections, HSE also conducts inspections related to the use of biohazardous materials, nuclear substances, and lasers or x-ray equipment.

On a regular basis

In between annual inspections, complete the laboratory safety checklist and conduct eyewash testing regularly to maintain safe, healthy and environmentally-responsible practices in the workplace.

Found a mystery chemical?


Broken fumehood, eyewash or emergency shower?

Facilities & Operations (F&O) tests and maintains fumehoods, plumbed eyewash stations and emergency showers.

Contact F&O at 780-492-4833.