The purpose of this documented procedure is to ensure that upon temporary or permanent vacation of laboratory (research or clinical / diagnostic work related laboratories) or laboratory related spaces (e.g. freezer rooms, liquid nitrogen stores), all such spaces throughout Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) premises are left in a safe and reasonable standard in terms of health & safety requirements for subsequent cleaning operations, re-occupation, refurbishment or demolishment.
Key persons and main responsibilities at QMUL:
- The School / Institute / Directorate Manager has overall managerial responsibility for the process and to provide the necessary resources, and complete the ‘Laboratory Clearance Certificate’ (Appendix 2) (they may appoint a suitable and competent staff member (appointee) to oversee the process on their behalf).
- Co-opted clearance team - laboratory managers or other suitable staff to undertake clearance tasks, including completing the ‘Laboratory Clearance Checklist’ and collating other clearance records (see Appendix 1).
- The QMUL / SMD Space Manager is responsible for verifying that clearance tasks have been completed satisfactorily, by signing the ‘Laboratory Clearance Certificate’ in Appendix 2 and retaining the submitted records.
In addition, the following Directorates provide operational and advisory assistance for the process of laboratory clearance:
- Queen Mary Estates & Facilities Directorate - Porterage Waste Maintenance – Infrastructure & Services Cleaning Services
- Queen Mary Information Technology Services (ITS)
- Health and Safety Directorate (HSD) – advisory assistance
Biological / GMO laboratory clearance – contact Dr Mark Ariyanayagam (QMUL BSA)
Radiation laboratory clearance – contact Steven Carter (QMUL RPO)
Chemical laboratory clearance – contact your Faculty H&S Manager / Adviser
Also see Laboratory Hazardous Waste Disposal