In order to comply with applicable federal and state
regulations, all laboratory equipment must be decontaminated prior
to releasing the equipment for unrestricted use.
Depending on the size of the equipment to be released for
unrestricted use, plan enough time to perform all necessary
- Remove and properly store any hazardous chemicals or biological
materials to be saved.
- If the equipment (e.g., refrigerators, freezers, hoods)
contains hazardous chemicals and/or biological agents, determine
what can be disposed. (Check for items which might have significant
chemical degradation.) Process disposal paperwork and have chemical
wastes removed by EH&S (829-2401). Follow your
department’s procedures for disposing of regulated medical
waste or biological/medical waste.
- Equipment must be emptied of all hazardous chemicals and
biological materials prior to certifying the equipment for
unrestricted use. In addition, chemical residues, stains, deposits,
etc. on or in the equipment must be removed, neutralized, or
otherwise rendered non-hazardous to human health or the environment
using appropriate chemical and physical methods.
- Decontaminate all internal and external surfaces with
appropriate solutions that are known to kill the organisms that may
be present and/or inactivate the hazardous substances of biological
- If gaseous disinfectant (e.g., formaldehyde) is used,
appropriate precautions must be taken to prevent a release of the
material that may cause adverse effects to humans or the
- If decontaminating agents may leave a corrosive or otherwise
harmful residue, the surfaces must be rinsed clean of hazardous
- Hazard labels must be removed or defaced when the respective
hazards have been removed from equipment.
- Final Equipment Survey
- After all items are removed from the equipment, do a thorough
survey of the equipment (all internal and external surfaces, void
- Decontaminate all internal and external surfaces of the
equipment before certifying the equipment for unrestricted
- Affix a signed and dated Equipment Release Certification form
to the exterior of the equipment in a prominent location to certify
that the equipment poses no hazard to human health or the
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