USC Fire Safety conducts Maximum Allowable Quantity (MAQ) assessments for USC research labs – one at a time – on an ad hoc basis or when LAFD requests them. For new lab construction or renovations, MAQ assessments must be built into the CCD project scope, subbed out to the project’s architect, and then billed back to the lab’s “owner” department (approx. $8k-$10k per assessment @ $200 per hour for an average-sized lab). EH&S will provide baseline chemical inventory data, FMS will verify control areas, and Fire Safety will be point person and coordinator for MAQ assessments.

To request an MAQ assessment, please email: