Biosafety > Biosafety Manual > Decontamination & Disinfectants > Decontamination
- Work surfaces must be decontaminated with a suitable disinfectant at the end of each day and after any spill of potentially dangerous material.
- Contaminated or infectious liquid or solid materials must be decontaminated before disposal or reuse. Decontaminate by autoclaving or chemical disinfection all biologically contaminated materials (such as glassware, animal cages, laboratory equipment, etc.) before washing, reuse or disposal. When materials have been decontaminated properly, drain off liquids, remove the biohazard designation, and place them in the regular waste stream (trash).
- Decontaminate laboratory equipment before it leaves the lab for repair, recalibration, resale, or other destinations.