The following checklist should be reviewed by your Unit and customized, as necessary.

Before You Arrive in Lab

First Time You Arrive

  • Please note that many doors at the Clark Center have been locked and are no longer accessible by badge. Only 3 doors per floor per wing are accessible, and only by badge.
  • Hand sanitizers are available at every accessible door. Please use hand sanitizers before entering the labs.
  • Clean the lab and wipe down surfaces. Housekeepers do not clean  your benchtops, small or large equipment, etc.

Before You Begin, Evaluate Supplies

  • Labs are still required to obtain their normal PPE. Evaluate PPE on hand to perform the work you intend to do.
    • What amount do you already have on-hand in the lab?
    • What is your expected weekly “burn rate”?
    • Can you accommodate existing lab required PPE to complete the work?
      • If you cannot, please place orders in advance through your normal procurement channel
      • If the orders are in short supply, please contact with a description of your needs.
  • Evaluate cleaning materials available in the lab to perform appropriate lab self-care.
    • Do you have a sufficient quantity, quality?
    • Is it compatible with the equipment and the science in the lab?
  • Evaluate other supplies needed to complete your research tasks.
  • If PPE or other supplies in your lab are low, and you are unable to obtain them through normal routes, contact Heideh Fattaey, at with a description of your needs.

Core/Service Center Facilities, including the Veterinary Service Center

  • Contact the Core Facilities/Service Centers to ensure they are available to support lab needs.  (mass spec, FACS analysis, Animal imaging (SCI3)
  • Contact VSC at (650) 723-3876 for any animal-related questions.

Hazardous Materials (Chemicals, Biologicals, Radiation, etc.)
Clark Center facilities has walked the lasb 2-3 times a day even on weekend and Holidays

  • Walk through the lab space to check if there has been a chemical spill. If you are not comfortable with cleaning up the spill, call Clark Facilities (650-724-3333) for further guidance.
  • Resume the quarterly laboratory self-inspection on BioRAFT if your lab missed the March 31st deadline. Be sure to conduct another inspection for the second quarter, due on June 30th.
  • Inspect hazardous waste storage. Request EH&S hazardous waste pick-up for any containers which are full or you no longer need. If you were previously participating in the SWEEPS Program for waste pick-up, it will be running at a reduced level in Stage 1, and you should submit pickup requests online using the above link.
  • Review the Lab Compliance Cheat Sheet
  • Turn on BSCs or fume hoods, and disinfect surfaces before conducting lab work.
  • Set-up new aspirator collection flasks if needed. 
  • Turn on the Geiger counter and conduct a lab radiation survey if needed.
  • Do you have your dosimeter? Replace with a new dosimeter if needed.


  • Turn on essential equipment in the lab.
    • If cryogen fill is needed, perform it with assistance from another lab member.
  • If CO2 is needed for incubators, contact your building manager/facility support services for gas orders.
  • Check that equipment restarts and functions appropriately.
    • Use the shutdown checklist as a guide for equipment.
    • Is calibration needed?
    • Do safety devices operate properly?

For Deliveries

  • All deliveries must come to the Clark Center Facilities Office in S1.1 until further notice.