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Environmental Health and Safety

Laboratory Renovations

What is a laboratory renovation?

A laboratory renovation is any project taking place in a wet laboratory (including inactive labs) where plumbing, fixed cabinetry, floor tile, ceiling tile, mastic, drywall, or paint will be altered or removed.

Why does Risk Management need to be involved in the renovation process?

Wet laboratories present several opportunities for contamination of the physical surroundings, which require remediation before demolition work can begin. Examples of common contaminants that Risk Management screens the laboratory for are: asbestos, mercury, lead, PCBs, and chemical contamination.

How do I notify Risk Management of my intent to renovate a laboratory space?

Email Phil Brown at Include the building and room number(s) that will undergo renovation and the projected start date of the project.


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Get rid of research equipment

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Remove laboratory furniture

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Purge research chemicals

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Relocate laboratory items

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For more information, please contact:

Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP
Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007