Decontamination and Disinfection

Laboratory Clean-Up Decontamination Procedures

When hazardous biological, chemical, or radioactive materials are used in the laboratory, it is important that all surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned up and decontaminated. This will prevent cross contamination and accidental exposures. In addition to routine cleanup, equipment and surfaces must be decontaminated prior to:

  • Remodeling or demolition
  • Repair by either Facilities Management (FM) or outside contractor
  • Vacating rooms or areas during the laboratory closeout process
  • Disposal or recycling of unwanted equipment
  • Relocation of equipment
  • Returning faulty or damaged equipment for repair or replacement

For more information, see the Laboratory Close-out Checklist and Preparing Lab Equipment for Service, Transfer, or Disposal.