Sample Temporary Laboratory Shutdown Procedures (Modify to suit your lab):

In the event of a full lab shutdown for an extended period of time, the lab manager and/or lab/research director will inspect the lab to ensure stabilization of all instruments, reagents, appliances, and supplies, and will follow the following checklist. The lab director will then submit a copy of the Temporary Laboratory Closure Information form to the DHD, building manager, and RLSS (, and post the appropriate Temporary Laboratory Closure notice on lab doors (this form and supporting information for this procedure are available here:

  • Clean-up and store glassware/labware.
  • All chemicals are returned to their proper storage location.
  • All radioactive and hazardous materials are secured and returned to proper storage locations.
  • Deactivate and shutdown all light sources, lasers, ultrasonic baths, cryogenic traps, and other devices not needed for default vacuum pumping.
  • Set line valve configurations to default settings.
  • Turn off chillers.
  • Unplug heating tape, stir plates, unnecessary pumps, and all unessential electronic equipment.
  • Close gas cylinders at the top of the tank and be sure tanks are secure.
  • Clean up clutter.
  • Check that refrigerators are tightly closed.
  • Pull down the doors on the hoods; leave hoods running
  • Check that all lab computers are turned on and connected to the internet so that they may be accessed remotely.
  • Prepare hazardous chemical and/or radiological waste for disposal and arrange for pick-up.
  • Turn off all microscope lightsources and cover microscopes.
  • Turn off the office, lab, and hall lights. Lock the doors.
  • Review Biological Safety and/or Chemical Hygiene Plan for the lab; contact RLSS at 520-626-6850 if you have any questions during temporary closure.
  • Make plans for periodic (frequency depending on lab needs, e.g., once per week) lab checks to rule out or mitigate any developing problems.