Remove excessive amounts of chemicals from laboratories when individual tagging of containers is not reasonable.
When a Lab Cleanout and Closeout Should be Conducted
- The lab is being shut down (please notify EM&LS before shut down)
- The lab has accumulated an excess of 100 chemicals not being used and are in their original containers.
- A graduate student will be graduating in the near future and will need to get rid of the chemicals that the individual produced (please notify EM&LS before graduation).
- The retirement of the faculty member in charge of the lab (please notify EM&LS as soon as possible, preferably prior to and not after faculty member has left).
Lab Cleanout and Closeout Procedures
- Do not bring chemicals down to the Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAAs). Instead notify EM&LS for specific procedures.
- Complete the UNLV Risk Management and Safety Lab Cleanout Form at least one week prior to needing the chemicals removed.
- EM&LS will send the Hazardous Materials Safety Specialist or Technician to your lab for an initial evaluation.
- EM&LS will provide the individual with labeling and segregating instructions, and set up a pick-up date.
- The Hazardous Materials Safety Specialist or Technician will pick up the laboratory waste.
Things to Keep in Mind
- The UNLV Risk Management and Safety Lab Cleanout Form is required prior to the scheduling of your cleanout and must be filled out correctly.
- We advise that you prepare for a lab cleanout and closeout in advance.
- The cleanout and closeout will generally be completed within several days from the date requested.
- Please note that unknown chemicals carry a high cost to dispose of. Please do your due diligence in finding out the unknown chemicals, the more information we have the better.