Laboratory Decommissioning or “Close Out” Policy and Procedure at Tufts University
The purpose of this Policy is to prevent “abandoned laboratories.”
An abandoned laboratory is a laboratory or support area in which hazardous materials were used or in which hazardous materials are left when laboratory work is stopped and the laboratory staff has left the University. The costs of making an abandoned laboratory safe for re-occupancy by new users are very high.
Abandoned laboratories are prevented by early, frequent and clear communications among the Principal Investigator, laboratory staff, department chairpersons or managers, Tufts EHS,and Tufts Facilities Services.
Decommissioning or close-out is the process of making a laboratory, laboratory support areas, common areas and walk-in refrigerators, freezers and incubators safe for any future use.