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Special Procedures Lab (Hot Lab)

The Special Procedures Lab is available for any NIH researcher who is performing an iodination, tritiation​, or any procedure involving volatile materials. The Hot Lab is also accessible to those who need to perform procedures that are not related to research, such as splitting a shipment that is too large for delivery to a laboratory.

Despite the availability of the Hot Lab, DRS encourages researchers to set up a facility within their own laboratory which does not require the use of the DRS Special Procedures Lab. For more information about setting up a Protocol Lab, contact your Area Health Physicist. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



​Special Procedures Laboratory Policies and Procedures ​

The Special Procedures Lab is located in Building 21 and is currently open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please note that researchers using the Hot Lab will have to provide some of their own equipment. DRS recommends visiting the hot lab prior to your appointment.​

Special Procedures Lab users must: 

  • Be trained and registered with DRS 
  • Have a baseline bioassay 
  • Have a set of typed or hand-written procedures 
  • Be accompanied by an experienced Special Procedures Lab user if using the Hot Lab for the first time
  • Have an appointment (no walk-ins) 

To schedule an appointment, researchers can call (301) 496-5774 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. ​Appointments will be cancelled for any researcher who is more than 30 minutes late and who has not notified the Special Procedures Lab personnel. ​