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Decontamination of Equipment Contaminated with Bio-hazardous Material

It is essential that clearly delineated responsibilities be in place for the decontamination of equipment with regard to biological hazards. Environmental Health & Safety provides the following decontamination guidelines.

In general, equipment requiring maintenance or disposal must be decontaminated before it is either maintained by Facilities personnel or removed from the work site. It is the responsibility of the user/owner of the equipment to know the nature of the biohazard and perform th decontamination. Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn during the decontamination process. A freshly made solution of 1:10 diluted bleach is an appropriate decontaminant for most situations. PPE required for the preparation of the bleach solution adn decontamination of the equipment may include, but is not limited to, chemical resistant gloves, a face shiedl and liquid-proof body protection. The user/owner of the equipment must communicate to Facilities personnel that the decontamination has been completed. The user/owner must also inform Facilities of the biohazard that was decontaminated and the ppe used for protection.

Equipment that has been contaminated internally and which cannot be decontaminated without dismantling, must be tagged with a biohazard label indicating those parts that may be contaminated. Tagging equipment serves to notify the mechanics that the equipment is contaminated with hazardous materials.

Please contact the Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Safety Unit at 275-3241 with your questions.

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 8/31/2015. Disclaimer.