Research Facility Commissioning

The University of Michigan (U-M) requires that all newly assigned research space receive a commissioning visit by EHS.  The purpose of a consulting visit is to foster a strong safety partnership with staff in order to protect individuals and the facility and to help ensure regulatory compliance. EHS will consult with the research team about the following safety topics:

  • Potential hazards
  • Methods to reduce the risk involved with potential hazards
  • Training requirements
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment and engineering controls
  • Proper waste disposal

The Pre-Commissioning Consultation Form (at the bottom of this page) is used to guide the process and enables researchers the opportunity to ask important questions about safety in their research operations. The Laboratory Commissioning Guideline provides guidance for setting up your research operation including procedures and responsibilities.

Factors to Consider When Projecting Research Start Dates

Plan for each of the commissioning tasks when setting up your laboratory.  The time needed to complete tasks can range from less than a day to weeks or even months.  Much depends on the need to coordinate approvals, reviews, acquisitions, designs, etc. through one or more U-M departments or outside agencies.   Other variables also impact the time needed to commission a lab:

  • Type and complexity of your research
  • Number of staff and students working in your laboratory
  • Type of equipment and hazardous substances or materials you are using

You may find it helpful to work with an experienced departmental safety coordinator.

To schedule a commissioning consultation, complete the following form as soon as you are assigned a laboratory space. For further information, contact:

Commissioning Tasks

Application and Approval

Chemical Inventory

Pre-Commissioning Consultation Form

Pre-Commissioning Consultation Form

We look forward to working with you to promote a safe laboratory working environment.

To begin the process, we ask that you please complete the following Pre-Commissioning Consultation Form as soon as possible after assignment of laboratory space and prior to conducting research. This form will help us determine the types of hazards you may be working with and assign appropriate staff to assist you. After receiving your submittal, EHS will schedule a consulting visit to discuss university policies, safety guidelines and training requirements related to your research. You may contact us at 647-1143 or visit our website at for questions or additional information.

Please mark yes or no to each item. Will you be:

Chemical Risks

Biological Risks

You will need to fill out an IBC Registration. Click here to start the process.

Radiation / Lasers

DEA Controlled Substances

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