Spills of Biohazardous Materials

Each laboratory using biohazardous materials must have appropriate equipment and supplies on hand for managing spills and accidents. Keeping a Biohazard Spill Kit in your lab provides easy access to these items in case of a spill.

The Spill Cleanup Protocol is intended for use with microorganisms handled at BSL-2 or lower. Questions about spill cleanup for the use of organisms handled at BSL-3 should be directed to the Biosafety Officer before work begins with the microorganism.

If the biohazardous spill also includes radioactive material, the cleanup protocol may need to be modified. For these situations, the Radiation Safety Officer (during the regular work day) or the Department of Public Safety (after hours) are available to answer any cleanup questions. 


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