Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for the following:
all of your biological materials and determine which
materials will be transferred to your new laboratory.
If you wish to dispose of any stock cultures in order
to discontinue research with a particular agent, you
must contact REHS for advice, as some materials require
notification of regulatory agencies prior to disposal.
Dispose of any working stocks in the same way as you
would have during the course of your normal experimentation.
(Link to Bio Waste Policy)
- As you
prepare your samples for transport, consider updating
or creating a computerized inventory of your lab's
of any waste materials (partially full sharps containers,
used pipette tips, unwanted plastic/glassware) prior
- REHS must
be notified if any biological materials will be transported
off Rutgers University property or transferred to
another PI (either within or outside of the University).
This notification should be made as soon as possible
so that special shipping and receiving arrangements
can be made, if necessary. (Link to Shipping Bio Materials
Policy, when it is approved)
all work areas with a freshly prepared 10% bleach
- All biological
safety cabinets require a REHS evaluation to determine
if they require decontamination, even if the unit
is not being moved to a new location. If the cabinet
is moved, it must be certified to ensure filter integrity
and worker protection capabilities. To allow contractors
to meet your schedule, contact REHS to make arrangements
for this work in advance.
and Other Physical Hazards
- REHS has
a Chemical Reuse Program for unused and unopened chemicals
that can be redistributed within your department or
REHS will take them for storage and redisbursment.
- You must
label all unmarked or unclearly labeled containers.
Identification and disposal of unknown substances
can be one of the more hazardous and costly closeout
activities. If an item is truly an unknown, please
segregate it for identification during waste collection.
- All chemicals
that are not transferred to the Chemical Reuse Program
or to your new laboratory must be disposed of through
REHS. Dispose of these materials, in the same way,
as you would have during the course of your normal
experimentation. (Link to Haz Waste Policy) Contact
REHS for assistance in disposing of your chemicals,
especially if there is a large quantity.
- Due to
Department of Transportation (DOT) shipping requirements,
it is imperative that REHS is notified if any chemicals
are going to be transported off Rutgers University
property. This notification should be made as soon
as possible so that special arrangements can be made,
if necessary. (Note that REHS can be contacted with
any transportation questions for transfer of these
materials off Rutgers University property or for transfer
within Rutgers University property.)
any Rad/biological, chemical/biological, and Rad/chemical
mixed waste from other wastes. Be sure that the mixed
wastes are addressed in inventories for inclusion
in waste disposal planning.
- Gas cylinders
and lecture bottles that are no longer used should
be returned to the supplier or transferred to another
and regulators connected to corrosive or hazardous
compressed gas cylinders should be detached using
safe procedures such as purging and venting to a hood
or ventilated area. Contact REHS for assistance or
direction on this process.
- Any equipment,
such as refrigerators or centrifuges, that you plan
on moving must be surveyed (and decontaminated if
necessary) for radioactive, chemical or biohazardous
material and cleared.
- Any broken
equipment may be discarded through the Rutgers University
Materials Services Department; however, if the equipment
could possibly be contaminated with radioactive, chemical
or biohazardous material must be decontaminated, checked
and cleared first.
- If you
are moving to another Rutgers University laboratory
contact REHS to determine if there are any special
requirements needed and for information regarding
revised approvals or authorizations for the use of
biological and radioactive materials and hazardous
be contacted before a posted radioactive material laboratory
is renovated or vacated, and when the lab stops using
licensed materials. Complete the following checklist and
fax it to REHS. We will contact you for further
Radiation Clearance Checklist [pdf]
Make sure you check beneath hoods, in shared labs, within
equipment, in refrigerators and freezers, and in any
warm or cold rooms for any biological agents, chemicals
or radioisotopes that might easily get left behind.