Every laboratory that uses biohazardous materials must have the appropriate equipment and supplies on hand to manage spills and accidents related to biohazardous materials. The EH&S will provide a biospill kit to each laboratory with an approved biological use authorization (BUA). This kit contains the supplies needed to safely clean up small spills of biological materials. It is important to be aware of the contents of a biohazard spill kit and how to use it properly.
Most of the items included in the list, as well as other items for the control of biohazardous spills, are available in central stores and are often found in several commercially available biohazard spill control kits. The most common items found in a biohazard spill kit include: gloves, face masks, safety goggles, absorbent pads, absorbent socks, disposal bags, disinfectant wipes, and a scoop or shovel. It is important to wear the appropriate protective gear when handling any type of biohazardous material. Gloves should be worn at all times when handling any type of biohazardous material.
Face masks should be worn if there is a risk of inhaling airborne particles. Safety goggles should be worn to protect the eyes from splashes or aerosols. When dealing with a spill, it is important to act quickly and safely. The first step is to contain the spill by using absorbent pads or socks to absorb the liquid.
Once the liquid has been absorbed, it can be placed in a disposal bag and sealed for proper disposal. Disinfectant wipes can then be used to clean up any remaining residue. Finally, the area should be thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant solution. It is important to remember that biohazardous materials can pose a serious health risk if not handled properly.
It is essential that all personnel working with these materials are properly trained and equipped with the necessary safety equipment. Following these steps will help ensure that any spills are handled safely and efficiently.