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Risk Management and Laboratory Decommissioning for Landlords and Tenants 

Lab Decommissioning Plan 

EH&E can assist with the development of lease language that clearly outlines the responsibility of the landlord and tenant with regard to decommissioning laboratory spaces upon vacating the space.  Additionally EH&E can:

  • Provide a questionnaire for the laboratory tenant to complete during lease negotiations, so that hazardous materials and procedures are declared prior to occupying the space. This questionnaire provides the landlord with important information and is a valuable tool that the tenant can use to determine necessary health, safety and environmental permits.  
  • Review the completed questionnaire and develop a risk management plan for the landlord that includes a thorough explanation for the landlord of any tenant hazardous materials and/or processes that the landlord should be aware of.  Such information is important for the landlord to understand should there be an incident involving the hazardous material.
  • Create a decommissioning checklist for the tenant to complete upon vacating the space, and review the completed tenant decommissioning checklists. This provides both parties with documented proof that their responsibilities have been met per the lease requirements. 

Lab Decommissioning Process

Laboratory decommissioning ensures that laboratory spaces are free of all hazardous materials prior to re-occupancy or renovations, thus reducing potential risk and liability. Decommissioning per the ANSI/AIHA standard involves proper assessment, documentation and testing of the laboratory to verify that all potential issues have been fully addressed.

EH&E’s decommissioning services are scaled to provide the specific level of support needed. Our services include:

  • Review of activities and procedures previously conducted in the space focusing on potential biological, chemical, physical and radiological hazards. 
  • Inspection of ductwork associated with engineering controls and piping associated with lab sinks and floor drains. 
  • Screening for residual contaminants on work surfaces. 
  • Closure of permits and licenses with regulatory agencies.
  • Assistance with the development of environmental health and safety documentation package including written documentation that follows the ANSI/AIHA standard, identification of roles and responsibilities, and checklists to confirm the space is properly decontaminated.

EH&E’s decommissioning service helps ensure that all potential hazards in a space that previously housed laboratory operations are addressed appropriately so that the space is safe for reuse or repurposing.