Biohazard Spill Kit

The following items should be assembled in a single container that can be easily moved to the spill area. A large bucket is practical for the container as it can double as the secondary container for transporting waste away from the spill.

  1. An appropriate chemical decontaminant -- In most cases a 1:10 dilution of freshly prepared household bleach is appropriate.
  2. Materials to absorb liquids after decontamination -- This could include paper towels, absorbent lab pads, or special materials designed to absorb large volumes of liquid.
  3. Appropriate personal protective equipment to wear during clean-up --Nitrile or heavy duty gloves, a long-sleeve laboratory coat or gown and goggles are always necessary. Facial protection should be considered for large spills as well as protection against splash and splatter of the chemical decontaminant. Additional personal protective equipment is necessary for spills of high risk agents.
  4. A mechanical means for handling broken glass -- This could include tongs, forceps, small disposable scoops and sponges, autoclavable dust pans or any other method that prevents direct contact with the broken glass.
  5. Biohazard bags, sharps containers, and/or other containers-- To place the material in for further treatment and disposal.