Biological Spill Kit

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure that a well thought-out spill kit is readily available and maintained for spills involving biological materials. Here is a suggested starting point for a basic kit; your lab may need to customize this depending on the materials and biological agents you work with.

  • Container for disinfectant**
  • Paper towels or other absorbent material
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Tongs, scoop, dust pan (for picking up broken glass, etc.)

**If you are using bleach to clean up your spill, you must prepare a fresh dilution of 1% NaOCl. Note the concentration of NaOCl and the expiry date on your bleach stock. Keep a container in the spill kit for preparing your working dilution. Please note that you should not keep actual disinfectant in your spill kit as they have an expiry date.

CL 2 labs will need biohazard bags or buckets for disposal of biohazardous waste. If putting any spill remains in biohazard containers, please mark container “Spill Cleanup” and indicate what disinfectant it contains.

Instructions for cleaning up a spill involving biological agents should be posted near the spill kit and be clearly visible.

Last updated Jan. 2014