DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY FOR
TERMINATION OF LABORATORY USE
OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Proper disposition of all hazardous materials used in laboratories is primarily the responsibility of the principal investigator or researcher to whom a laboratory is assigned. Ultimate responsibility for hazardous materials management lies with each department. Proper disposition of hazardous materials is required whenever a responsible individual leaves the University or transfers to a different laboratory. ("Responsible individual" can include faculty, staff, and post-doctoral and graduate students).
If improper management of hazardous materials at closeout requires removal services by the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), the responsible department will be charged for this service.
Any regulatory action or fines resulting from improper management or disposal of hazardous materials will accrue to the responsible department. OH&S will not be responsible for loss incurred by individuals or departments because of regulation-mandated removal of hazardous materials.
CLOSEOUT PROCEDURES FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN LABORATORIES
The following procedures are to be completed before the responsible individual leaves the University or transfers to a different laboratory.
ANIMAL AND HUMAN TISSUE
MICROORGANISMS AND CULTURES
The decommissioning policy for radioactive materials licenses and rooms authorized to contain radioactive materials is briefly described herein. There are many tasks that must be given due consideration when decommissioning or "closing out" a laboratory where radioactive materials (RM) are used and stored. These requirements may result from (1) an upcoming move of licensed operations from one area of the UAB Campus or Medical Complex to another; (2) the termination of an investigator’s radioactive materials license; or (3) the "close out" of just one or more rooms listed on an existing radioactive materials license (RML). Holders of the RMLs must notify the Radiation Safety Division and their department heads of their "Intensions to Vacate" certain premises. They must then prepare for, schedule and have all radioactive materials properly removed from the affected room(s), and ensure that necessary "Room Surveys For Release" are performed for each room being decommissioned. Finally, the licensee must receive final approval from the Radiation Safety Officer and Decommissioning Certificates from the Radiation Safety Division giving notice (for posting) that the rooms have been properly decommissioned. The specific requirements regarding the necessary steps to be taken (i.e., scheduling, notification, RM packaging and transfer, RM licensing, decommissioning and required documentation) are addressed in the "Radioactive Materials Decommissioning and License Termination Instructions" available from the Radiation Safety Division of the Occupational Health and Safety Department. Other pertinent documents regarding your license may need to be filed with the Radiation Safety Division if your RML is being terminated.
SHARED STORAGE AREAS