If you are interested in visiting FHL to pursue research, please review our research policies (see menu on the right).


By confirming a reservation to participate in research at FHL, visitors agree to the following rules and procedures. All researchers working in labs and/or using seawater tanks or tables are required to submit an online form agreeing to these procedures; the Visitors Coordinator will provide a link to the form.

  • To follow FHL policies for collecting organisms and to report all collections on FHL’s online form.
  • To follow all University of Washington Environmental Health and Safety (UW EHS) rules.  These rules are explained in detail on the UW EHS Lab Safety pages and in the UW Lab Safety Manual, and include regulations regarding chemical managementstandard operating procedures (SOPs), material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and adequate trainings.
  • To inform Stockroom Supervisor Peggy Combs (fhlstock@uw.edu) before arrival if they are bringing or shipping chemicals to FHL, and to provide the associated material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • To have on hand in their working area: SOPs, MSDSs, and required training records for any chemical they are using or keeping in the area.
  • To ensure that any students or assistants working with them are also appropriately equipped and trained.
  • To properly label all chemicals; for hazardous wastes, to use UW Hazardous Waste labels, **always noting the start and stop dates for when the wastes were accumulated.  Follow the above link and print off labels, or obtain from the FHL Stockroom.
  • Upon departure, if they brought or shipped chemicals to FHL, to hand deliver any remains to Peggy Combs in containers that are properly labeled, including the date on which the container was initially opened.
  • Upon departure, to properly dispose of hazardous wastes per instructions provided in each lab.
  • Upon departure, to thoroughly clean all research spaces (including refrigerators/freezers) used, returning equipment and supplies to where they came from; to return living organisms to the site of collection; to drain and wipe out sea tables and tanks used; to remove all items from refrigerators. All spaces must by EMPTY.
  • After departure, if research space requires cleaning beyond sweeping and wiping of surfaces, to pay FHL for additional custodial time at a rate of $50/hour.


Collecting & Transporting Organisms:

Lab & Chemical Safety:

SOP and MSDS examples/templates:



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