Laboratory Relocation Guidelines - Chemical Hygiene
DEHS has developed this procedure as a guideline to help minimize hazards to University personnel and maintain compliance with all applicable Federal and State regulations during a lab
- The University Movers are not permitted to move any chemical, biological, radioactive or hazardous material.
- All laboratory personnel must wear safety glasses, lab coats and appropriate gloves while handling chemicals.
- This is a good time to go through your chemical inventory and dispose of old and unneeded chemicals. Do not move chemicals into a new lab that should be classified as a chemical
- Do not move chemical, biological or radioactive waste. Contact DEHS for a pick up.
Moving Chemicals or Hazardous Materials within a Building
- There are special procedures for moving radioactive and biological materials. Contact Environmental Health & Safety prior to moving.
- Inventory chemicals that you want to relocate from the current lab to the new facility.
- Replace any damaged or illegible labels. All containers must be labeled to accurately describe their contents. No abbreviations or trade names are allowed.
- Check containers and lids for damage and cracks. Replace any faulty caps or containers. Damaged containers cannot be transported.
- Obtain either moving boxes or plastic bins and a sturdy wheeled cart.
- Segregate chemicals into the following categories/hazard classes:
- Inorganic oxidizers
- Flammable liquids
- Inorganic acids
- Inorganic bases
- Organic acids
- Flammable solids
- Miscellaneous organic compounds
- Miscellaneous inorganic compounds
- Transport the chemicals in the boxes or bins according to the above categories. Use sufficient packing material to prevent the bottles from breaking.
- When the chemicals arrive at the new locations, lab personnel will need to check contents for breakage/damage. Chemicals will need to be removed from boxes and placed in
their designated locations within the laboratory.
Moving Chemicals or Hazardous Materials to a New Lab that Requires Transportation/Moving Outdoors
Questions regarding a laboratory move may be addressed to the Chemical Hygiene Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-831-8475.